Four games and four wins for Warriors and Junior Warriors
Tribune Sports Staff
EPC coach Josh Hill had mixed emotions about the two games his Warriors played in Lepanto last week. In both the junior and senior high contests, the teams went from playing exceptionally good basketball on Tuesday to playing just good enough to win on Friday.
Warriors 77, Blue Devils 47
"Troy Hull had the hottest hand of any player I have ever coached," Hill said of the 41 point effort Hull had against Hughes. Of those points, 27 came by way of 3-pointers with five of those coming in the first quarter. The result was to give the Warriors and 11 point advantage, 26-15, going into the second period.
The second quarter was a 19-all wash, but in the third (10-3) and fourth (22-10), Hull and the Warriors showed who was the better team at least for that night.
But while Hull was far and away the leading scorer for either team, the rest of the Warriors had the adrenaline pumping as well with eight other players registering points.
Following Hull was Chris Davis with 10 Brett Hardin seven, Bucky Chamberlin five, Mike Medina four, Mark Medina and Hunter Richmond three, and both Dane Buck and Zac Brown with two each.
The Blue Devils Hamilton finished with 14.
Jr. Warriors 49
Jr. Blue Devils 40
While Hull fueled the Warriors victory later, the win was preceded a performance by Junior Warrior Wendell Pritchett which was almost as impressive. Where Hull hit nine treys, Pritchett had six on the way to a 19 point night. But also like the Warriors, the Junior Warriors, as a team, had an exceptional game according to their coach.
"It was the best junior high game we've had in the two years I've been here," said Hill of the nine-point victory. "We couldn't put them away, though, we just couldn't close it."
The teams' normal high point man, Ky Madden, contributed 14 points to the win that say EPC take a 29-18 lead into the locker room. They then had to hold on as the Junior Devils made a charge in the second half. Fortunately, they were only able to gain a point each quarter to give EPC their 15th win of the season against four defeats.
Also scoring were Darius Barnes with nine, A.J. Turner four and Montana Betts three
Hughes' Doolittle tied Madden with 14.
Warriors 52, Hornets 51
The last time EPC (7-9) and Harrisburg met, the Warriors blasted the Hornets 60-40 in the opening round of the NEA Tournament in Jonesboro last month. It was a different story all together last Friday night in Lepanto.
"It wasn't very pretty," said Hill. "We went back and fourth all night long. The only reason we won was that we had one or two more breaks than they did. Both teams were awful from the free throw lines."
At the NEA, EPC took a 15-4 lead and ran with it for a resounding victory. Friday night, though, while the Warriors posted an identical 15 point opening period, Harrisburg responded with nine points of their own. But to make matters worse for EPC, they outscored them 12-8 in the second period to cut the Warriors lead to two, 23-21 by the half.
Then to add insult to injury, Harrisburg gained the lead with a 15-12 performance in the third. EPC followed this with a 12-11 fourth quarter to send the game into overtime. In that overtime while Hughes proceeded to hit two field goals but miss four free throws, EPC's Hardin hit his only points of the night when he dropped in a trey. That bucket along with Anthony Turner 's only bucket of the night secured the Warriors one point victory.
Hull once again led the scoring effort with 19 followed by Davis with 17, Mark Medina eight and Chamberlin three.
Zach Combs with 17 and Heath Owens' 13 led the Hornets.
Jr. Warriors 42, Jr. Hornets 37
Hill was of much the same opinion of the Junior Warriors' effort as he was the Warriors when he summed the whole game up with, "We did just enough to win."
EPC took the largest lead they would have for the game when they pulled out to a 13-5 first quarter lead. The Junior Hornets charged back, though, with a 12-9 second quarter to close the scoring differential to five points, 22-17.
Harrisburg then proceeded to cut the lead by one more point in the third so that EPC enjoyed only a slim four point lead going into the final six minutes. The Junior Warriors won this quarter by one and the gme by five, 42-37.
Madden and Pritchett once again led the scoring with 19 and 11 points respectively. They were followed by Turner with eight, and both Darius Barnes and Montana Betts with two.
Zach Davis had 19 for the Junior Hornets.