Friday night, Cowden-Herrick defended their Homecoming turf by defeating the Brownstown Bombers in JV and varsity basketball action, 56-27 and 66-58.

After trailing the Bombers 16-14 at the end of the first period, the Hornet varsity mounted an impressive 28-point second period rally to lead at the half, by 10, 42-32. Brownstown made a bid to recover lost ground in the fourth, getting as close as 61-54, but the Hornets held sway, to take the win 66-58.

Tyler Sarver (23 points) and Garrett Moffett (21) points led the Hornet scoring attack. Moffett proved to be accurate from long and short distance, popping four treys and going 7-8 from the foul line. Sarver showcased his versatility by hitting three treys and slicing into the Bomber interior for four layups.

Brownstown had three shooters in double digits. Trevor Klous led the Bombers with 16 points, followed by Josh Behrends with 15, including two fourth-period treys. 6’7” Junior Tim Thomason towered in with 13 from underneath.

Cowden-Herrick opened the first period with a bombardment of treys.

Tyler Sarver struck first, followed by Seth Turner and Garett Moffett, who hit for two in a row, the second coming at the first period buzzer, but the Hornets trailed 16-14 at the end of one.

In the second period shootout, Cowden-Herrick outscored the Bombers 28-16. Sarver hit for two field goals and a trey and shot two of three from the line. Trent Boehm hit three buckets, Moffett hit another trey (his third) and was three for three at the stripe. Derik Banning hit a solo basket and two from the line and Seth Turner also was good for two foul shots. The second period salvo by the Hornets gave them a 42-32 lead at the half, which proved to be the cushion needed to maintain the lead for the rest of the game.

In the third period, Moffett and Matt Black hit solo treys while Sarver also hit one from downtown and added two standard hoops. The Bombers answered the Hornets 13 points with 12 of their own, including solo longshots from Behrends and Dalton Goldsboro, double buckets from Klous and a single hoop from Thomason.

The monster second period played a key role in carrying the Hornets through the fourth period 14-11 scoring threat by the Bombers. Cowden-Herrick held on to maintain the lead and win the Homecoming game to the delight of the Hornet fans, 66-58.

Hornet Varsity head coach Terry Pruemer commented, “We haven’t won an easy one (game) yet! We had several treys and a couple of good scoring runs in the game which helped us a lot. We played hard but we did have some defensive breakdowns. Down the stretch there were a few times we could have been more patient and held off on the shooting. We have to learn that the clock can work in our favor if we will let it.”

The Hornet varsity goes to 4-8 in regular season play, 1-4 in NTC conference and 1-2 in Egyptian Illini Conference.

Cowden-Herrick- 14 28 13 11—66

Brownstown- 16 16 12 14—58

Scoring: For Cowden-Herrick- T. Boehm 6 pts, (3 FG) 5 steals; Moffett 21 pts, (FG, 4-3’s, 7 FT) 4 assists; Sarver 23 pts, (5 FG, 3-3’s, 3 FT) 8 rebs.; Turner 5 pts, (1-3, 2 FT); Black 4 pts,(1-3, FT); Banning 4 pts, (FG, 2 FT) 4 rebs; N. Boehm 3 pts, (FG, FT) 6 rebs. For Brownstown- T. Klous 16 pts, (7 FG, 2 FT); Behrends 15 pts, (2 FG, 3-3’s, 2 FT); Winkler 5 pts, (2 FG, FT); Thomason 13 pts, (6 FG, FT); Goldsboro p pts, (3 FG, 1-3).

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