Warriors and Junior Warriors split two last week
Tribune Sports Staff
"We had a huge second half," said coach Josh Hill of his Warriors' 82-73 win over the Brookland Bearcats last Thursday night at Lepanto. "We scored 54 points in the second half. You just don't normally see that in a high school game. We played very well."
The Warriors edged the Cats 15-13 in the first quarter. Brookland recovered, though, and outscored EPC 19-13 in the second period for a 32-28 halftime lead.
The lead quickly vanished, however, as the Warriors went to war against the Cats, scoring 28 in the third period and 26 in the fourth. Brookland tried to hold their own, scoring 19 and 22, respectively in each period, but they succumbed to a four-man scoring barrage from the Warriors.
Only the quartet of Troy Hull with 28, Chris Davis 19, Brett Hardin 18 and Bucky Chamberlin 17 had any points for EPC. But, as it turned out it was enough.
Brookland's Holland finished with 23 to lead the Bearcats. He was followed by McGhee with 13 and Farley with 12.
"We just keep playing better and better," Hill added. "We need to to be ready by (district) tournament time."
Corning 61, EPC 49
After defeating the Bearcats on Thursday night, EPC traveled to Corning to tackle the Bobcats. Unfortunately, the Warriors didn't have the same success as they had the night before, falling to Corning, 61-49.
"We played really well for three quarters," said Hill. "And that was against on of the best teams in the conference."
The two teams virtually traded out the first two periods, the Cats winning the opening stanza, 16-8, while the Warriors came back to take the second period, 15-9. As a result, Corning enjoyed a slim 25-23 lead as the teams retired to their respective locker rooms to regroup.
Unlike the night before, seven players total put points on the board. But just as with the game against Brookland Hull and Davis led the scoring with 18 and 12 respectively. But, even their efforts weren't enough to overcome the Bobcats.
Once again, EPC held their own in the third period, giving themselves a chance to win when they entered the final, deciding period down by only five, 42-37. A win was not to be, however, as the last 8:00 belonged to Corning, 19-12, leading to the 61-49 final.
Following Hull and Davis, Hardin scored eight, Mike Medina and Chamberlin four each, while Mark Medina and Hunter Richmond scored a point each.
For Corning, Kyle Harvey scored 20 while Logan Hart had 18.
Jr. Bearcats 51, Jr. Warriors 50
"It was a great game," said Hill of his Junior Warriors' 51-50 loss to Brookland prior to the Warrior victory last Thursday night. "The difference was that Ky (Madden) fouled out and they beat us late."
The Junior Warriors knew they had their hands full when Brookland won the opening period, 16-14. The fact that they were in a ball game became even more apparent when the Junior Bearcats increased the lead to six, 28-22 by the halftime break.
Hill, no doubt, had a few choice things to say to his charges during the break, because when they came out, they exploded for 18 points while holding the Junior Cats to only seven. By the beginning of the final period, EPC had turned a six point deficit into a five point lead.
But then Madden, who finished with a team lead 15 points, committed his fifth foul and had to ride the bench for much of the final, deciding quarter. Taking advantage of the situation, Brookland had an explosion of their own, scoring 16 to EPC's 10 to take the 51-50 victory.
Ironically, like the senior Warriors, only four Junior Warriors would light up the scoreboard. Following Madden was Darius Barnes with 13, Wendell Pritchett 12 and A. J. Turner 10.
Brookland's Bloodworth led both teams with 23.
Jr. Warriors 53, Jr. Bobcats 27
Where the Warriors beat Brookland and lost to Corning, the Junior Warriors did just the opposite, defeating Corning, 53-27, after losing to Brookland by one point the night before.
The first quarter looked somewhat iffy however as neither team could effectively find the range. By the beginning of the second stanza, however, the Junior Warriors did at least have a two point 6-4 lead.
Then, at that point, Corning probably suddenly felt as if each of the Junior Warriors had sprouted an additional arm or two as EPC's offense suddenly ignited.
"We blew them out," said Hill. "We were weren't real focused at first. But then we broke it open and the kids began having fun."
The Junior Warriors "had fun" by blasting the Junior Bobcats 19-6 in the second period and a humiliating 17-1 in the third to take a 42-11 lead into the final period. By then, Hill emptied the bench to spread the "fun" and the points as eight players scored.
Leading the way was Madden with 17. Martin Powell hit three treys to finish with nine followed by Turner with seven, Pritchett six and Barnes four. Finishing out the points with two each were Draye Young, Chaivcy Freeman and Montana Betts.
Corning's Vowell had 12 to lead his team.
The Warriors and Junior Warriors were scheduled to host Hughes last night (Tuesday).