Carlinville Boys Basketball: SJ-R Articles

Sunday, January 26
North Mac boys, Carlinville girls win Macoupin titles

From the Springfield State Journal-Register

BUNKER HILL — Tournament Most Valuable Player Taten Musso scored 23 points and his North Mac High School team outscored Carlinville 22-15 in the fourth quarter Saturday night as the Panthers edged the Cavaliers 60-57 for the Macoupin County Boys Basketball Tournament championship.

North Mac trailed 42-38 entering the fourth quarter before overtaking Carlinville. It was the Panthers’ second straight county title and their third in the last four years.

Musso hit four of North Mac’s six 3-point field goals in the game. Teammate Brady Starks added 13 points.

North Mac overcame a game-high 24 points by Carlinville’s Barry Stewart, who surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career. Stewart, a senior, now has 1,004 points.

Elijah Barber added 15 points for Carlinville.

Piasa Southwestern topped Gillespie 70-48 for third place, while Staunton defeated Bunker Hill 60-53 for fifth place.

In addition to MVP Musso, the boys all-tournament team included Carlinville’s Barry Stewart and Joeb Easterday; Southwestern’s Ethan Gallaher and Tyler Rose, and North Mac’s John Grayson.

Carlinville topples Piasa SW

BUNKER HILL — Marley Schmidt made a running shot in the lane with 5 seconds left to give Carlinville a 33-32 upset of defending champion Piasa Southwestern in the Macoupin County Girls Basketball Tournament title game Saturday.

It was the Cavaliers’ first county title since 2008 as they improved to 19-5. Southwestern, ranked ninth in The Associated Press Class 2A girls poll, is 20-2.

Leading 32-31, Southwestern missed the first of a one-and-bonus free throw opportunity with 11 seconds left. Carlinville’s Megan Stayton got the rebound and passed to Schmidt, who drove down the court and scored.

It was Carlinville’s first lead since a 5-0 advantage at the start of the game.

Marley Schmidt, Bailey Schmidt and Kathleen Kelly scored six points apiece to lead the Cavaliers. Tournament MVP Maddy Greeling paced the Piasa Birds with 15.

Bunker Hill edged Gillespie 40-38 in the third-place game, while Staunton topped Mount Olive 42-41 for fifth place.

In addition to MVP Greeling, the girls all-tournament team included Carlinville’s Megan Stayton and Talesha Scott; Mount Olive’s Jill Niehaus; Southwestern’s Ashlyn Ringhausen, and Bunker Hill’s Shannon Stumpf.

Saturday, December 21
Free throws boost Carlinville past Pana

CARLINVILLE — Carlinville High School scored the last nine points of the game from the free throw line to down Pana 80-72 Saturday night in South Central Conference boys basketball.

The game was tied at 71 with about 2 minutes remaining when Carlinville’s Barry Stewart fouled Brock Beeson, who was called for a technical foul on the play.

Beeson hit one free throw to give the Panthers their last lead at 72-71. Stewart hit both technical foul shots for his 19th and 20th points and gave Carlinville a lead it never relinquished. Joeb Easterday then hit two more free throws and ended the scoring with two more free throws with :15 remaining.

In between Easterday’s sets of two free throws, Brennan Hurley scored all his points in the game when he notched three of four foul shots in the final :37.

After each team scored 21 points in the opening quarter, Pana took a 37-34 halftime lead and maintained that advantage as each team scored 24 third-period points. In the fourth quarter, Carlinville hit 12 of 14 free throws and outscored the Panthers 22-11 for the victory.

Stewart scored eight points each in the first quarter and the third quarter, and also finished with eight rebounds. Easterday tallied a career-high 19 points and also grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds as Carlinville evened its overall record at 5-5 and moved its SCC record to 2-1. Easterday scored 11 points in the final quarter, thanks in part to hitting five of six free throws.

Carlinville point guard Elijah Barber had six assists and four steals.

Pana, playing an up-tempo style of basketball this season, converted 13 3-point field goals. The Panthers attempted 46 treys.

Kyle Gibson led Pana with 22 points, including 12 in the third quarter when each team scored 24 points. He and Jonathan McLeod, who contributed 14 points, each tallied four 3-point field goals, and Rhett Zahradka, who nailed three 3s, added 11 points.