For a while Tuesday it seemed Central High senior star Logan Kohrmann might outscore the Wesclin Warriors all by himself.
He came close as Kohrmann poured in a career-high 30 points in a 45-31 Cahokia Conference victory over Wesclin that came on a night when the Cougars really needed him.
“No. 3 (Kohrmann) had a monster game,” Central coach Jeremy Shubert said. “You can’t say enough about him. When teams go under the ball screen, that’s what we want him to do. We want him to rise up and shoot it.
“When they go over it we want him to attack the rim. Logan made good reads tonight and I can’t say enough about him scoring for us. We need him to score for us and he stepped up tonight in a big way.”
Ranked third in the new Class 2A state poll, Central (12-2) improved to 4-0 in the conference heading into a Friday showdown against fellow league unbeaten Columbia.
Kohrmann hadn’t found a true scoring touch through much of the early portion of the season, but began heating up during Central’s run to a second-place finish at the Mater Dei Christmas Tournament.
Now he’s hotter than tickets to the long-ago sold out Highland Shootout. He scored seven of Central’s nine points in the first quarter and had 21 of the Cougars’ first 29 points.
No. 3 (Kohrmann) had a monster game. You can’t say enough about him.
Central coach Jeremy Shubert on Logan Kohrmann
“The holiday tournament I think sparked it,” said Kohrmann, who was averaging 13.4 points before Tuesday. “I always like playing there. We knew they would be up for this game and they were, they were going crazy before the game.
“They had a lot of people here ... they were ready to play us.”
Wesclin coach Brent Brede said the 6-foot-2 Kohrmann was simply tough to handle.
“For the personnel that we have, he’s very hard for us to match up with,” Brede said. “He’s a good player.”
We knew they would be up for this game and they were, they were going crazy before the game.
Central senior Logan Kohrmann
Kohrmann also took advantage of a smaller defender, but still managed to sink four 3-pointers and slice up the Warriors both inside and outside. Has something changed ion his game to spark this scoring spree?
“I don’t know. I just like playing at Mater Dei,” he said. “Other than that I can’t really tell you.”
Wesclin (5-8, 1-2) trailed 20-12 at halftime, then cut Central’s lead to 24-20 in the third quarter on a 3-pointer by Brandon Courtney. Central went right back to work, outscoring the Warriors 13-2 through the end of the third quarter and never looked back.
Chase Schneider added six points for Central while Corben Zanger, starting in place of suspended starter Jack Strieker, had three points and 11 rebounds. Shubert said Strieker was suspended for three games for disciplinary reasons.
Kohrmann’s defense was also big as he held Wesclin scoring leader Jarad Steenbergen to a pair of field goals and eight points overall.
“Logan had a couple inches on him, which that length helped, but Steenbergen still hit a couple tough shots,” Shubert said.
Both teams battled turnovers (Wesclin had 16 to Central’s 13) but the Warriors were suffocated by Central’s defense. Steenbergen had eight points, Courtney had seven and Darrell Combs and Jake Stephens had six each.
“We need bigger contributions from all our guys scoring the ball,” Brede said. “Give Central credit for guarding us the way they did, but at the same time we need guys that can step up and make baskets for us. We didn’t get that tonight.”
Big week for Central
The Cougars play host to unbeaten Columbia on Friday with first place in the Cahokia Conference’s Mississippi Division on the line. On Saturday, it’s a rematch of the Mater Dei Christmas Tournament championship game as Central takes on Okawville at the Highland Shootout.