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Falcon boys return to form

By The Herald Staff | 1/30/2013

POMONA — The West Franklin High School boys basketball team was in need of a victory after its recent struggles.

The Falcons came up with a winning performance Tuesday in a 55-38 victory over Hartford in Pomona.

POMONA — The West Franklin High School boys basketball team was in need of a victory after its recent struggles.

The Falcons came up with a winning performance Tuesday in a 55-38 victory over Hartford in Pomona.

“Overall we played well,” West Franklin coach James Spencer said. “Matt Gray took over the game in the second quarter and really sparked our offense. We were patient on offense and rebounded the ball well defensively. I was glad to see us bounce back after a couple tough losses.”

Gray led the Falcons with 27 points. Brady Geist tossed in 15.

West Franklin plays Friday at home against Lebo.

Hartford (38) — Ikerd 13, M. Esch 3, Kraft 15, D. Esch 5, Rosenquist 2.

West Franklin (55) — Reed 6, Duda 1, Geist 15, Gray  27, Lacey 2, Altic 2, Walters 2.

Central Heights 58, Osawatomie 52

OSAWATOMIE — The Central Heights boys finished and started strong in its 58-52 win Tuesday over Osawatomie in Osawatomie.

The Trojans rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit to tie the game at 52-52 with two minutes remaining. The Vikings regrouped to score the game’s final six points.

“The last two minutes we were composed, broke the pressure, got the rebounds and finished the game by making our free throws to seal the win,” Central Heights coach Rusty Cannady said. “In the first half, we were as good as it gets. The second half they sped us up, applied a lot of pressure that caused us to get out of character and turn the ball over. They hit some threes to tie it at 52.”

The defense limited the Trojans to 14 points in the first half.

“Osawatomie missed some shots that they usually make, but I give credit to our defense for those misses,” Cannady said. “What I was most pleased about was our rebounding. We have worked and worked on not allowing a team to have two possessions in one trip on their offensive end.”

Tanner Erhart paced the Vikings with 20 points.

“Tanner Erhart played extremely well on both ends,” Cannady said. “He held Cole Rayl to nine points and dominated the glass. He showed a lot of heart and was a positive teammate throughout the game.  

“Jordan Horstick hit some big buckets when we needed them and Drew Beckwith hit two big free throws after the game was tied. All in all, it was a great team victory.”

Horstick tossed in 18 points.

Central Heights plays Friday at home against Wellsville.    

Osawatomie (52) — Chism 7, England 20, Soucie 8, Rayl 9, Booe 6, Gaines 2.

Central Heights (58) — McAfee 4, Burkdoll 3, Beckwith 9, Horstick 18, Erhart 20, Hendron 4.

Wellsville 62, Iola 56

WELLSVILLE — Wellsville’s balanced back propelled the Eagle boys to a 62-56 win over Iola Tuesday in Wellsville.

Cole Silsby led the Eagles with 19 points. Carter Mann tossed in 18. Shamus Kearney netted 13 points.

Wellsville plays Friday at Central Heights.

Iola (56) — Latta 10, Coons 13, McIntosh 8, Clubine 3, Macha 1, Kauth 10, Powelson 11.

Wellsville (62) — Breithaupt 2, Silsby 19, Kearney 13, Meyer 9, Klamm 1, Mann 18.

Anderson County 73, Prairie View 57

La CYGNE — Anderson County’s offense was too much for Prairie View Tuesday in La Cygne. The Bulldog boys scored between 16 and 21 points in each quarter in their 73-57 victory.

Eric Tastove paced Anderson County with 21 points. Tanner Lickteig had 10.

The Bulldogs play Friday at Iola.

Prairie View (57) — Barthol 12, Phelps 6, Craig 5, Spears 6, Lee 12, Fisher 2, Ientile 2, Miller 12.

Anderson County (73) — Gilbreth 2, Dial 2, Lickteig 10, Mechnig 8, Woodard 3, Rickabaugh 5, Small 6, Tastove 21, Walter 8.

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