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Perry Central hits layups to pull down Southridge

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By LARRY GOFFINET
Sports Editor

LEOPOLD—Perry Central hit 59.1 percent from the field, including 67.6 percent from two-point range, to clobber Southridge 62-35 in boys basketball Friday.

“We shot about as well as we could (23 of 34) from two-point range,” said Perry Central Coach Matt Carter.

One reason for that was 17 of those baskets were layups.

Some of them came in the Commodores’ half-court offense, as they worked the ball well and cut crisply into the lane without the ball.

Some also came on rebounds, as they outrebounded the Raiders 25-15 overall.

But seven of them came in transition off steals, as they forced 18 Southridge turnovers.

Southridge, which is also quick and likes to press most of the time, forced 16 Perry Central turnovers.

“I knew coming in we were going to have to handle their traps and full-court pressure,” said Carter. “We had an abnormally high amount of turnovers, but we got some layups off our press too.”

Perry Central’s superior depth, especially at guard, also seemed to wear the Raiders down.

The game was tied 19-19 two minutes into the second quarter. Then Perry Central went on a 13-0 run to take control.

Derek Thomas started that streak with a layup off a steal by Abe Schwartz. Schwartz then made a layup off a steal by Andrew Huber.

Austin LeClere hit a 15-footer out front, Dacota Schaad hit a three-pointer, Dillon Hubert scored on a rebound, and Nick Edwards hit a 9-foot baseline shot to cap that streak.

Thus the last nine points of that streak were scored by reserves.

“I thought overall tonight we got unbelievable production from everyone who came in the game,” said Carter. “We had 10 guys score.”

Thomas led Perry Central with 15 points on 6 of 10 field-goal shooting, including 4 of 6 from two-point range, and 1 of 1 at the free-throw line.

Schwartz added 10 points and four assists. He and Thomas each made two steals.

Center Colten Hedinger led the Commodores in rebounds with seven and blocked shots with three.

“I thought Colten played extremely well on both ends of the floor,” said Carter. “He was aggressive.”

Senior center Cody Moesner led Southridge with eight points.

The Raiders entered the game with a 7-1 record, including 4-0 in the tough PAC. Like Perry Central, they had lost only to Mater Dei.

Perry Central improved to 9-1, its best start since the 1998-99 squad also started 9-1.

The Commodores will visit Orleans for a key PLAC game Friday at 7 p.m.

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Perry Central won the JV game 48-19 as Michael Schwartz had 16 points, seven rebounds and five steals.

Hubert added 10 points, Aaron Pierrard scored eight, and Alton Cummings had five assists and five steals for the 9-0 Commodores.