Trojans' firepower too much for Little Hawks

Trojans' firepower too much for Little Hawks

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Trojans' firepower too much for Little Hawks

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Emotion and energy are never in short supply when City High and West High square off in an athletic event, no matter the sport.

Friday’s boys basketball game had plenty of both, but the Little Hawks had no answer for top-ranked West’s firepower.

The Trojans (7-0) bolted to a 20-2 lead and never looked back while pounding their cross-town rival 69-39 before a near-capacity crowd at West.

The victory extended West’s winning streak to 33 games dating back to last season when it finished 26-0 while marching to the Class 4A state title.

It also showed the Trojans’ depth, considering they led 30-12 at halftime despite star senior guard Jeremy Morgan only scoring one point in the first two quarters.

“We have a lot of guys that can step up and make shots,” said senior swingman Austin Swank, who led a balanced West attack with 17 points. “Not everyone has to have their ‘A’ game for us to win. We’ve got a pretty deep squad.”

City trailed 12-2 after the first quarter and didn’t make a basket until senior point guard Lonnie Chester slashed through the lane for a lay-up with slightly more than 5 minutes left in the second quarter.

Chester led City with 18 points, but no other Little Hawk scored in double figures.

West, on the other hand, had three players who scored in double figures, including senior swingman Dondre Alexander, who finished with 15 points off the bench. Junior point guard Wyatt Lohaus added 13, while Morgan was held to just five points on 2-of-11 shooting from the field.

Alexander has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Southern Mississippi, while Morgan has signed with Northern Iowa. Lohaus also has made a verbal commitment to play basketball at Northern Iowa.

First-year City coach Don Showalter knew it would take a special effort from his team to keep the game close.

“Obviously, you have to play almost a perfect game,” Showalter said. “They have four Division I players. Obviously, they’re going to make a difference in the game, and they did.”

West coach Steve Bergman was pleased with how his team started the game, but not with how it finished. Both teams scored 20 points in the third quarter.

“I liked the first quarter a lot, but we got the lead and went off script quite a bit,” Bergman said. “I thought it was a weakness last year, and I think it’s a weakness now.”

CITY (39) – Lonnie Chester 7 1-5 18, Tony Perry 0 0-0 0, Malin Craig 0 0-2 0, Andy Hein 1 2-3 5, Ladarius Taylor 3 1-2 7, Cameron Spears 0 0-0 0, Quinton Forrester 1 4-4 6, Jeff Hickman 0 0-0 0, Luke Posivio 1 1-3 3. Totals 13 9-19 39.

WEST (69) – Jeremy Morgan 2 1-2 5, Wyatt Lohaus 4 1-1 10, Myzeah Batie-Gaddy 1 1-2 3, Austin Swank 6 3-4 17, Chike Ukah 2 4-7 8, Dondre Alexander 6 2-3 15, David DiLeo 3 0-0 8, Nick Gallagher 1 0-0 3, Mark Lowe 0 0-0 0, Hugh Ritter 0 0-0 0, Harley Shear 0 0-0 0, Nicholas Spiess 0 0-0 0, Justin Flemings 0 0-0 0. Totals 27 12-19 69.

City High 2 10 20 7 39
West High 12 19 20 19 69

3-point goals – City 4 (Chester 3, Hein), West 7 (Lohaus, Swank 2, Alexander, DiLeo 2, Gallagher). Total fouls – City 17, West 17.

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