JOHN CURTIS - Daily Union Sports Editor
SHELBYVILLE, IL. —
Christ Our Rock almost stoned the Cowden-Herrick on their own court on Friday, but the Hornets came swarming back late to shock the Rock, 66-64.
As part of revenge week, the Hornets welcomed Christ Our Rock into the Hive and got even for an early season, 5-point loss to C.O.R., 64-59. Cowden-Herrick had already gotten revenge against Patoka on Tuesday, 64-48.
Christ Our Rock came out strong, but the Hornets stayed with them and trailed by just one point, 17-16. The 2nd period was more defensive and the Hornets were able to knot the score at the break, 30-30. In the 3rd period, COR went on the assault again and had an 18-11 run to put the Hornet quest for revenge in jeopardy.
The Hornets were down, 48-41 with just 8:00 left. However, the Rock made the mistake of kicking the Hornets nest and they came out swarming. The Hornets stung the Silver Stallions with a 25-16 run, pulling out a 2-point win at the final buzzer.
Key to the game was 3-point and free throw shooting. Ethan Schoonover launched a sortie of five 3-pointers for Cowden-Herrick and led them with a game-high 21 points. Schoonover also scored in close twice and was 2-of-2 at the line.
Scoring leader Luke Moore followed with 17 points, scoring seven times from the floor, including a trey, and made 2-of-3 at the line. Colton Burrus, who led C-H on Tuesday with 20 points, kept his roll going by scoring 11 points on Friday. Burrus scored four times, including a triple, and made both of his free throws. Moore and Burrus were also active on the glass, with a team-high eight boards, each.
Schoonover, Moore and Burrus scored 49 of the team’s 66 points, 74% of the offense, including 7 of the 8 C-H treys. Tyson Morgason, with nine points, had the other C-H trey. Schoonover, Moore, and Burrus made 6-of-7 free throws. C.O.R. only made 3-of-4 free throws. C-H had a 5-point advantage at the line, overall, and made one more 3-pointer in a narrow 2-point win.
Burrus shot 50% from the field, 75% from in close and 25% from the arc. Morgason shot 57%, 60% in close and 50% from the arc.
Cowden-Herrick committed just 10 turnovers in the win, while getting seven steals, four deflections, and dishing six assists. The Hornets also snagged 35 rebounds.
Cowden-Herrick 66, Christ Our Rock 64
C-H stats: Schoonover 21 (2-2s, 5-3 pt FGs, 2/2 FTs), Moore 17 (6-2s, 1-3 pt FGs, 2/3 FTs), 8 rebounds, 1 assist; Burrus 11 (3-2s, 1-3 pt FGs, 2/2 FTs), 8 rebounds, 1 steal; Morgason 9 (3-2s, 1-3 pt FGs), 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist; Heiserman 4 (2- FGs, 0/1 FTs), 6 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 assists; Miller 4 (FG, 2/4 FTs), 3 rebounds. Team FGs 25. 3-Pointers: 8 (Schoonover 5, Moore, Burrus, Morgason). Team FTs 8-of-12.
COR stats: Burmester 20 (8-2s, 1-3 pt FGs, 1/1 FTs), Mueller 16 (4-2s, 2-3 pt FGs, 2/3 FTs), Hine 14 (1-2, 4-3 pt FGs), Klockenga 6 (3 FGs), Boehne 6 (3 FGs), Garrison 2 (FG). Team FGs 27. 3-Pointers: 7 (Hine 4, Mueller 2, Burmester). Team FTs 3-of-4.