The Cowden-Herrick Hornet basketball program wrapped up a winning season in 2012-2013, a conference title, and historic wins.
Cowden-Herrick finished the season at 16-11 overall and 6-1 in the Egyptian-Illini Conference, earning the EIC Championship.The Hornets knocked off St. Anthony for the first time in 35 years and Neoga for the first time in 10 years. C-H won their Homecoming Game against rival Beecher City and beat preseason favorite St. Elmo twice. They also were St. Elmo Tourney Consolation Champs.
Cowden-Herrick had two heartbreakers. They lost to Altamont twice, by a total of three points. Once they lost by two in OT. The other time in the regional by one point. That kept them from playing state-bound Nokomis.
The Hornets did all this with the help of 1200-point senior scorer Luke Moore. Moore was a 1st Team pick in the NTC conference, 1st Team in the EIC conference, was voted the MVP of the EIC regular season by 14 points over the second place vote-getter. He also was named to the St. Elmo Tourney all-tourney team.
Moore scored 406 points and grabbed 286 rebounds this year, averaging 17.1 points and 10.6 boards to average a double-double. He nailed 41 3-pointers. Moore didn’t just score. He dished a team-high 40 assists. On defense, he had 44 steals and 19 deflections. He also wrapped up 210 defensive boards.
Although he was the only Hornet to average double figures, two other Hornets were near double figure scorers and an up-and-comer joined the party late in the season. Moore wasn’t the Hornet only stinger.
Senior Tyson Morgason was Moore’s Sundance Kid to his Butch Cassidy, early in the season. Morgason scored 252 points this season, averaging 9.3 points per game. He shot 74% from the line and 38% from the arc. Morgason was named Honorable Mention in the EIC conference.
Senior Ethan Schoonover was a howitzer that could get hot in a flash. During the middle of the season Schoonover was on fire. Forty-four of his 95 baskets came from long range. Schoonover scored 260 points and averaged 9.6 points per game. He not only was effective from the arc, he shot 53% inside the rainbow. Schoonover finished his season at the State Tournament in the quarterfinals of the 3-Pt Showdown.
Sophomore Colton Burrus came on strong later in the season, shooting 63% from 2-point range and 43% from the arc, 54% overall. Burrus finished with 204 points, making 81 of those points from beyond the arc. He averaged 7.6 points per game.
Senior Caleb Heiserman was the point guard and point defenseman. At the offensive point he dished 25 assists. On defense, he led the team with 73 steals and a team-high 37 deflections for 100 positive defensive plays. He also scooped up over 50 rebounds. Heiserman scored 126 points, but shot 43%.
The Hornet banger inside was senior A.J. Miller. Miller battled for 110 rebounds.
Moore and his compadres fielded a team that finished 16-11 and scored an average of 58.9 points per game and 31.8 rebounds per game. They had almost 10 steals per game and dished almost five assists per game.
The Hornets were coach by Bruce Manola.
Cowden-Herrick 2012-13 Stats
Team Stats: Overall 16-11. NTC 6-6. Points 1531, 58.9 ppg, shooting 39%, FTs 64%, 826 rebounds, 31.8 rpg, 128 ast, 245 stls, 101 defl,
Individual Stats: Moore 406 pts, 17.1 ppg, shooting 42%, 46%-2s, 41-3s, 34%-3s, 68% FTs, 286 reb, 44 stl, 19 defl, 40 ast, 15 blks; Schoonover 260 pts, 9.6 ppg, shooting 39%, 53%-2s, 44-3s, 30%-3s, 67% FTs, 102 reb, 25 stl, 11 defl, 16 ast; Morgason 252 pts, 9.3 ppg, shooting 36%, 35%-2s, 15-3s, 38%-3s, 74% FTs, 120 reb, 42 stl, 9 defl, 16 ast; Burrus 204 pts, 7.6 ppg, shooting 54%, 63%-2s, 27-3s, 43%-3s, 51% FTs, 46 rebs, 22 stl, 14 defl, 12 ast; Miller 47 pts, 1.8 ppg, shooting 29%, 31%-2s, 32% FTs, 110 reb, 8 stl, 3 defl, 6 ast; Heiserman 126 pts, 4.8 ppg, shooting 39%, 43%-2s, 4-3s, 20%-3s, 60% FTs, 55 reb, 73 stl, 37 defl, 25 ast.