John Curtis Daily Union Sports Editor
Shelbyville Daily Union
---- — The Stew-Stras Comets (3-8) came up with a quality win on Friday night in what has been a long season, out-playing Okaw Valley, 54-40.
The highlights of the Comet season to this point were the series with rival Windsor. Stew-Stras won an overtime game for their homecoming. They lost a near overtime game at Windsor’s homecoming, then beat Windsor in a double OT at the Tri-County tourney.
They haven’t won much else. But on Friday, they showed their superiority over an Okaw team that has had its ups and downs (3-9).
The Comets broke open a 10-10 tie after the 1st period with a 17-9 run to take an 8-point lead at the break, 27-19. Once the Comets got control they refused to relinquish it. They stretched their lead to double-digits in the 3rd period and bumped it up to a 14-point lead by the closing bell.
Stew-Stras had three players in double figures and Okaw Valley just one.
Brandon Helmuth had a game-high 20 points, including a pair of treys. He also grabbed 10 rebounds for a double-double. Jason Fry followed with 12 points, getting to the line for eight free throws and making four. Mark Jones stepped up to double figures with 11 points. He also had a triple.
Devon Still was the only Timberwolf to get double figures, scoring 13 points and snaring seven boards. Peyton Hagerman followed with just seven points and just one trey. Brody Sparks and T.J. Pieszchalski had five points each.
Neither team was pretty at the line. Stew-Stras was just 13-of-26. They left the door open for the T’Wolves, but Okaw only made 7-of-19 foul shots, missing 12 in a 14-point loss.
Stew-Stras 54, Okaw Valley 40
Stew stats: Helmuth 20 (6-2s, 2-3 pt FGs, 2/6 FTs), Fry 12 (4 FGs, 4/8 FTs), Jones 11 (3-2s, 1-3 pt FGs, 2/6 FTs), Bryse Bugger 6 (3 FGs), Austin Rincker 2 (2/2 FTs), A. Blythe 2 (2/2 FTs), Chandler Ballinger 1 (1/2 FTs). Team FGs 19. 3-Pointers: 3 (Helmuth 2, Jones). Team FTs 13-of-26.
Okaw stats: Still 13 (6 FGs, 1/4 FTs), Hagerman 7 (2-2s, 1-3 pt FGs, 0/1 FTs), Sparks 5 (FG, 3/4 FTs), Pieszchalski 5 (2 FGs, 1/4 FTs), Joe Jeffers 4 (2 FGs, 0/2 FTs), Sroka 2 (FG), Walker 2 (2/4 FTs), Drew Fruchtl 2 (FG). Team FGs 16. 3-Pointers: 1 (Hagerman). Team FTs 7-of-19.