For The Tribune
Crothersville’s boys basketball team got its perimeter game going early — making five 3-pointers in the first period — to open a 23-4 lead and roll over Medora 74-41 on Friday night in the Tigers’ den.
After Josh Thomas scored for the Tigers and Owen Sullivan matched that basket for the Hornets to leave the score 2-2, the home team scored the final 21 points of the first quarter and the first basket of the second for a 25-4 lead.
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Thomas had the hot hand for the Tigers with two 3-pointers and a total of 10 points in the first period.
He had plenty of support as Lane Wienhorst, Alex Van Coutren and Matt Wilburn added 3-pointers in the first quarter.
“We’ve got some kids that can shoot the ball this year that helps out against any kind of defense,” Tigers coach Greg Kilgore said. “We can extend that defense by making perimeter shots.”
The Tigers made seven 3s in the first half and 10 for the game. The Hornets made six 3-pointers for the game.
“I like to see my shot chart with a lot of 3s and a lot of shots in the paint,” Kilgore said.
“I thought the kids did a good job of executing. They played hard the whole time. We were short-handed tonight. We were without two kids that will probably start for us. Those top six really played hard.”
The Tigers made 7 of 14 shots from the floor, while the Hornets were 2-for-10 from the floor in the opening quarter.
“I knew they could shoot, but I didn’t think like that. We were down 12-2 and we missed 3 or 4 point-blank layups,” Medora coach Mark Morin said. “You hate to get started off like that, but we will get better.”
Hoskins and Wilburn added 3-pointers, and Van Coutren added 6 points in the second period as the Tigers built their lead to 42-17 at the break.
Sullivan scored two baskets in the opening period, and added a 3 in the second before picking up his third foul.
The Tigers shot 14-for-30 and the Hornets 7-for-23 in the first half.
For the game, the Tigers were 27 for 56 and the Hornets were 16 for 50.
The Tigers had 8 turnovers and the Hornets 11.
Wienhorst scored 10 points in the third quarter when the Tigers outscored the Hornets 16-9 to lead 58-26 going into the fourth quarter.
Thomas topped the Tigers (2-1) with 23 points, Wienhorst added 18, and Wilburn finished with 11.
Sullivan was high scorer for Medora (0-3) with 16 points and J.D. Fish added 11.
Crothersville held 32-26 advantage in rebounds. Zane Elliott topped the Tigers with 10, while Skylar Jones and Fish were high for Medora with 7 each.
Crothersville will be home to Shoals tonight, and Medora will travel Springs Valley tonight.