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Southern Local gets back on track against United

December 24, 2011
Salem News

SALINEVILLE - Before Friday's game against United, Southern Local coach George Whittaker set two goals for his team: hold the Eagles under 30 and score 50.

The Indians reached their first goal, but fell five points short of accomplishing their second when they defeated United 45-26.

"Offensively, we have to execute better," Whittaker said.

Defensively, he feels the team did a better job, especially in the second half.

The first quarter ended 10-6, Southern Local (4-3) with eight points from junior J.J. Napierkowski and a basket from junior Kyler Woodward.

"We played real good defense, but didn't get a lot going on offense," Napierkowski said. "We're going to have games like that."

Napierkowski ended the game with 17 points and four assists. Woodward had seven points and nine rebounds.

The half ended 16-14 when United (0-7) held the Indians to six and sophomores Brandon Miller and Garrett Beech each put in a three-point basket for the Eagles accompanied by two more points from senior Kyle Widlicka.

"First half, I thought we executed pretty well, we played some great defense and we played the game to the tempo we wanted to," United coach Matt Mowery said. "Second half, we continued that but then the shots didn't fall."

Southern Local finished the third quarter with 10 points and only allowed United two baskets for four points.

"We've had trouble all year scoring with the basketball," Mowery said. "It's a situation where, whatever you do, sometimes it doesn't fall in."

The Indians entered the fourth quarter with 26 points then scored 19 points, 10 of which came from sophomore Jared Shilot in the last three minutes of the game.

"When the shots aren't falling on offense, it's hard to get a defensive intensity each time," Mowery said.

The Eagles managed eight points during the fourth quarter with four points from Widlicka and four points from senior Brett Albright.

Albright was top scorer for the Eagles with nine points and Widlicka finished the night with six points.

"We're not a great offensive team so we knew we had to play good defense," Whittaker said.

Whittaker felt it was a good win for Southern Local.

"It was two young teams playing each other and we just happened to come out on top," he said.

Mowery hopes the Eagles can compete again like they did in the first half of Friday's game.

"I was proud of our effort tonight," Mowery said. "It's a baby step, we're a very young team."



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