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01-17-04: ’Skins make quick work of Cavs


ST. HENRY — There wasn’t much either coach had to say after St. Henry stayed perfect in the Midwest Athletic Conference with a 70-49 win over Coldwater at a sold-out Redskins Gymnasium.
The Redskins (8-3, 3-0 MAC) used a sizzling first-half shooting performance to help get things out of hand early. After hitting nine of their first 12 shots in the first quarter to take a 23-15 lead, the Redskins continued to shoot red hot while racheting up the defense, forcing seven turnovers in the second quarter to outscore the Cavs 25-5 and take a 48-20 lead into halftime.
St. Henry shot a staggering 16-of-24 from the field in the first 16 minutes. From the three-point line, where the team struggled last Saturday against Fort Loramie, the Redskins shot 75 percent (6-of-8).
“That first half of basketball was easily the best half we’ve played this season,” said St. Henry coach Joe Niekamp. “It was really nice to see the kids bounce back from last weekend. We accomplished a few things. We were a little more patient tonight.”
Coldwater was on the opposite end. The Cavaliers had plenty of good looks at the basket, but the rim seemed to have a lid on it. Coldwater shot just 31.8 percent (7-of-22) in the half.
“We couldn’t get anything to drop, and they did,” said Cavalier coach Don Vogt. “That was just the way it was. I don’t know what to say about that.”
“We didn’t give them a lot of good looks,” said Niekamp. “We made them uncomfortable. When they were able to penetrate, we had a lot of people in position to help out.”
St. Henry was able to pass the scoring around throughout the game. Ross Niekamp started the pace early with some three-pointers to score all of his 13 points in the first half.
Bryan Post came off the bench to have a perfect half of shooting from the foul line, going 6-for-6 in scoring 11 points at the half.
“The kids are playing really unselfishly, making that extra pass when they need to,” said coach Niekamp. “They were looking for the open teammate. The ball movement was pretty good. We had a lot of balance.”
Coldwater found its shooting touch to be slightly warmer in the second half as the Redskins began to sub more frequently to give out plenty of playing time. The Cavs’ Craig Wellman, 1-for-4 in the first half, was 4-of-8 in the second half to finish with 11 points.
“We definitely got away from the things we needed to do to be successful in the first half and then got back to it in the second half,” said Vogt. “We had a lot more success. We just need to come together as a group. We’ve got a game plan and we need to follow it.”
Post finished with 15 for the Redskins and Craig Koesters added 11 points for Coldwater.
St. Henry stays home again this evening as Tri-Village comes to town while Coldwater is off until Friday when Marion Local travels to the Palace.


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