The Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City 8th grade basketball team (#3 seed) entered the St. Elmo 8th grade 2A Regional on Saturday and played Ramsey (#6-seed) in the opening round. CHBC won the 1st round game, 42-30.
CHBC 8th, the #3 seed, (12-10, 7-3 NTC) will play Effingham St. Anthony (#2 seed) in the semifinal on Monday. St. Anthony beat Altamont in the 1st round, 60-20.
Gage Lorton donned the Superman cape in this game for CHBC. He exploded for 22 points, starting strong, scoring every quarter and finishing strong icing the game at the line.
Ramsey started out with an edge. They took the 1st quarter 10-8. Ty Benhoff scored twice and Gunner Finley nailed a 3. Landon Christian made a two and Hayden Hayes split a pair of free throws.
Lorton scored three times in the 1st. Clayton Wojcik scored, but they were down two.
The 2nd frame was a draw, 9-9. Lorton converted a 3-point play at the line and Carson Evans scored twice. Zander Merrifield got on the board with a two. Benhoff scored twice for Ramsey, Christian buried a 3 and Hayes made a two. But, Ramsey missed five free throws, to stay just ahead by two at the half, 19-17.
The tide shifted in the 2nd half. CHBC launched a 14-7 run, doubling up Ramsey in the 3rd period. Lorton scored twice and Jaxon Manley dropped a deuce and a trey. Wojcik dialed in fro long distance and Evans scored.
Benhoff was limited to two free throws. Christian had a bucket and Finley knocked down his second triple. Heading into "win or go home" territory, CHBC had taken the lead by 5, 31-26.
Down the stretch, CHBC kept the pedal to the metal and Ramsey missed a gear or two. Ramsey got solo buckets from Christian and Hayes, while Benhoff fouled out. Ramsey missed to more free throws.
CHBC got a bucket from Wojcik and two buckets from Lorton. Lorton got fouled to slow the clock. He went to the line three times. He made two free throws, went again and made 1-of-2 free throws, went again and made two more free throws.
Lorton finished with 8 baskets and making 6-of-8 free throws for 22 points. Wojcik folowed with 7 points on 3 buckets 91-3). Evans had 6 with no 3s.
Ramsey was led by Benhoff with 10 points on 4 scores and two free throws. Christian finished with 9 point from the floor (1-3).
CHBC made 17 baskets with 2 treys for 36 points from the floor. Ramsey made 12 baskets with 3 treys for 27 points from the floor. CHBC was 6-of-11 at the line and Ramsey was just 3-of-11
St. Elmo 8-2A Regional
Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City 42, Ramsey 30
CHBC stats: Lorton 22 (8 FGs, 6/8 FTs), Wojcik 7 (2-2s, 1-3 pt FGs, 0/1 FTs), Evans 6 (3 FGs, 0/2 FTs), Manley 5 (1-2, 1-3 pt FGs), Merrifield 2 (FG). Team FGs 17. 3-Pointers: 2 (Manley, Wojcik). Team FTs 6-of-11.
Ram'y stats: Benhoff 10 (4 FGs, 2/4 FTs), Christian 9 (3-2s, 1-3 pt FGs), Finley 6 (2-3 pt FGs, 0/2 FTs), Hayes 5 (2 FGs, 1/5 FTs). Team FGs 12. 3-Pointers: 3 (Finley 2, Christian). Team FTs 3-of-11.