Top-ranked Lanphier puts on a show at the Highland Shootout

News-DemocratJanuary 11, 2014 

— Showing why they have one of the elite backcourts in the state, the (Springfield) Lanphier Lions saved the best for last Saturday at the Highland Shootout.

Tennessee recruit Larry Austin, Jr., dropped a triple-double on CBC with 29 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists in the Lions' 82-72 victory over one of the top teams in Missouri.

Lanphier sophomore guard Xavier Bishop had six 3-pointers and finished with 24 points.

Lanphier (15-0) is ranked No. 1 in the Illinois Class 3A state poll and Austin averages just over 24 points per game.

Austin heated up after a sluggish first half that saw him score 10 points on 3-for-9 shooting. He exploded for 19 points in the second half, including 11 during a dominant fourth quarter while CBC (8-5) was desperately trying to make a push to hang on.

Austin also had five steals and was electrifying as the game's tempo heated up in the second half.

CBC got as close as 72-69 on a shot by 6-foot-8 Texas recruit Jordan Barnett, who finished with 22 points. But Lanphier's Scottie Wallace scored twice and Austin closed things out with a dunk as the Lions remained unbeaten.

The first-half show for Lanphier came courtesy of the hot-shooting Bishop. Bishop had five of his six 3-pointers in the first half and finished with 24 points while Wallace had 14.

CBC got 13 points from Beau Bommarito, 12 from Jordan Barnes and 11 from Josh Webster.

Jerseyville 62, Highland 50

Jerseyville claimed a Mississippi Valley Conference victory with a bruising, physical style that frustrated Highland into a poor shooting night in its home gym.

Highland (9-6 overall, 3-2 in the MVC) managed to hit just 17-of-50 shots (34 percent) and never found a comfortable range.

"We're pretty physical and we run and run and run," said Jerseyville coach Stote Reeder, whose 9-4 team is 2-1 in the MVC. "I thought we wore them down. I think they like to run a little bit too, but I think we might have been in a little better shape. We banged them pretty hard in there."

Highland coach Matt Elledge expected a lot better shooting performance from the Bulldogs.

"We didn't even make some layups that we had," he said. "Whether it was the defense, whether it was us, whether it was our mental approach to the game. ... We've got to get back to the drawing board and figure out what's going on.

"I'm a little disappointed in our entire effort."

Jerseyville concentrated much of its defense on Highland scoring threats Aaron Elledge and Austin Elledge. They were held to a combined 12 points, six by each of them.

"I really thought our defense on the Elledge boys was a huge key," Reeder said. "We held them to 12 combined and against Teutopolis, Austin Elledge got 25 and T-Town's a heck of a defensive team. We just made life hard on them."

Jerseyville got 16 points and 14 rebounds from Luke Shively, 15 points from Kyle Steckel and 13 points from Jake Varble.

Highland senior Joe Duncan had 12 of his 15 points in the first half and was fairly active inside for a while.

"We've got to get the ball inside more and we've got to be able to get some more points out of our post players," Coach Elledge said. "Joe Duncan came out and played pretty hard for a while and we got him going, but we had a hard time shooting.

"I just felt like we didn't compete very much in the second half. We're trying to get up and guard and we're giving up layups. No one's stepping over and helping on defense."

Girls basketball

Highland 59, Chatham Glenwood 58

Bailey Leitschuh drained a short jumper with five seconds remaining as the host Highland Bulldogs withstood a furious comeback bid by Glenwood.

Glenwood trailed throughout the game, but grabbed its first lead with 30.7 seconds remaining on two free throws by scoring leader Maggie Juhlin. Juhlin led all scorers with 23 points, but the Bulldogs had plenty of time to search for the game-winner.

After Leitschuh hit the eventual game-winner, Glenwood still had 4.7 seconds remaining. A long 3-point try by Juhlin fell well short and Highland hung on.

"Great shot by Bailey," Highland coach Mike Arbuthnot said. "I'm so happy with Bailey ... she's a big team person, she really cares about the team. For her to knock that shot down in front of a pretty large crowd and get this shootout off on the right foot, hats off to her. She really deserved it."

Highland's top scorer was 6-foot junior Olivia LaPorta, named MVP of the game after scoring 19 points. Leitschuh and Amanda Ponce each scored 11 points for Highland.

The Bulldogs had to scratch and claw to hold off Glenwood, which trailed 34-29 at halftime and 45-43 headed into the fourth quarter.

"They're a good ballclub," Arbuthnot said. "Thursday night they played Springfield High, the No. 2 team in 3A, to a one-point game and Springfield needed two free throws to beat them.

"I like the way we executed down the stretch. We did not panic. We worked on a lot of late-game situations and that came back to help us."

Fort Zumwalt North 67, Chatham Glenwood 56

Southern Illinois University Carbondale recruit Chaz Glotta fired in 24 points and Kris McCann added 14 as Fort Zumwalt North (5-4) defeated Chatham Glenwood (8-5).

Glenwood's Division I prospect Peyton Allen led all scorers with 26 points and Cole Harper had 18 points.

Contact reporter Norm Sanders at 239-2454, or on Twitter @NormSanders

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