Leopards Lose Battle to Warriors 52-40

West Branch Warriors Vs. Louisville Leopards Boys Varsity Basketball 1-10-2012

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West Branch 52, Louisville 40

The Warriors snapped a 6-game losing streak to the Leopards with a 52-40 victory over Louisville Tuesday Night at West Branch Field House.  Mike Kelly dropped in 17 points and Jake O’brien also scored 13 to lead the Leps.

The Leopards roared to a 5-0 start thanks to the first of 3 three-pointers on the night from O’brien and a lay-in by Kelly.  However, West Branch answered back with a 10-1 run and led 12-8 after the opening period ended.


The Warriors Austen ReKolt hit a three-pointer to open the second period and the Warriors led 21-10 a little over midway through the quarter.  However, the Leopards closed the period on a 9-1 run.  Louisville had 7 fouls to the Warriors 2 at the break, yet only trailed by three.

The Leopards fell behind 30-21 to begin the second half, but were starting to inch back near the end of the third period.  A Bill Lairson to Joey Duckworth connection cut the deficit to 32-26 with 1:19 to play in the period.


Then came the turning point of the contest.  In the final 48 seconds of the third, ReKolt buried home two more three-pointers to blow open the Warrior lead to 38-26.  ReKolt finished the night with a game-high 18 points for West Branch.

The Leopards came out firing in the fourth quarter, but could only connect on 3 of 11 attempts from beyond the arch.  On the other end of the court, the Warriors of Beloit juiced the clock and made 11 of 17 free throws in the fourth quarter to ice the game.

West Branch’s Jacob Griffith also had three big blocks and added 13 points.  The Warriors also out-rebound the Leopards 23-12 led by Matt Lathar’s 8 boards.  The biggest difference in the game was that Louisville out-fouled West Branch 22-10.  The Warriors hit 15 of 25 free throws to the Leopards 5 of 10 performance, which was almost literally the difference in the contest.


STATISTICS

LEOPARDS: Kelly 6 4-8 17, O’brien 5 0-0 13, Duckworth 2 0-0 4, Hollifield 1 0-0 3, Cheezan 1 0-0 2, McQuilkin 0 1-2 1.  TOTALS 15 5-10 40.

TEAM FG: 15-39 38%

TEAM 3PT: 5-20 25%

TEAM FT: 5-10 50%

Blocks: 1 | Cheezan (1)

Steals: 11 | Lairson (3), Crank (2), Kelly (2), McQuilkin (2), O’brien (2)

WARRIORS: ReKolt 4 7-8 18, Griffith 6 1-2 13, Lohnes 1 4-6 6, Lathar 2 1-6 5, Muckleroy 2 0-0 4, Taylor 1 2-2 4, Shelton 1 0-1 2.  TOTALS 17 15-25 52.

TEAM FG: 17-31 55%

TEAM 3PT: 3-8 38%

TEAM FT: 15-25 60%

Blocks: 3 | Griffith (3)

Steals: 2 | ReKolt (2)

Team 1-2-3-4-Total

Louisville 8-11-7-14–40

West Branch 12-10-16-14–52

Rebounds: West Branch 23-12

Fouls: Louisville 22-10

Records: West Branch 5-3, 3-3; Louisville 2-8, 1-5

NEXT UP: The Leps will next host the Salem Quakers on Friday, January 13.  JV will tip at 6:00 and Varsity will follow at approximately 7:30.

 

PICTURES

JV REPORT

Louisville 48, West Branch 43

Alex Hollifield scorched the nets for 21 points as the Leps defeated the Warriors 48-43.  After being held to just 4 points in the second quarter, Louisville erupted for 21 points in the third.  Hollifield broke double digits for the quarter with 11.  The Leps closed the deal in the final period by hitting 10 of 16 free throws.  The Warriors hit 5 three-balls in the game as Dillon Greenawalt paced them with a team-leading 9 points.  The Leps also got 8 points from Ronnie Carter, and Andy and AJ Minster combined to score 13.  The Leps JV squad is now 6-4 overall for the season and 4-2 against NBC opponents.

JV PICTURES

JV STATISTICS

LEOPARDS: Hollifield 7 5-10 21, Carter 4 0-0 8, Andy Minster 3 1-2 7, AJ Minster 6, Bast 1 0-0 2, Duckworth 0 2-4 2, Hoover 0 2-2 2.  TOTALS 17 12-20 48.

3PT: 2 | Hollifield (2)

TEAM FT: 12-20 60%

WARRIORS: Dillon Greenawalt 3 2-2 9, Evanoff 3 0-0 8, Mucklo 3 0-2 7, Austin 3 0-2 6, Schwingle 0 5-6 5, DeSheilds 1 1-2 3, Dustin Greenawalt 1 0-0 3, Filp 1 0-0 2.  TOTALS 15 8-14 43.

3PT: 5 | Evanoff (2), Dillion Greenawalt (1), Dustin Greenawalt (1), Mucklo (1)

TEAM FT: 8-14 57%

Team 1-2-3-4–Total

Louisville 11-4-21-12–48

West Branch 6-16-12-9–43

Fouls: West Branch 22-19

Turnovers: West Branch 14-11

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