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BOONVILLE—Kevin Rates scored 63 points in two games as the Perry County Storm won the Special Olympics men’s masters 4 basketball sectional Saturday.
The Storm, coached by Mike Gibson, won the sectional for the third year in a row.
The team will go for its third consecutive state title this weekend at Indiana State University in Terre Haute.
The Storm faced the Vanderburgh County Shooters in the first sectional game. Hampered by a key player out due to an illness in the family, the Storm faced a tough contest.
Rates stepped up to the challenge with 46 points despite spraining his ankle in the fourth quarter as the Storm won that game 53-45.
After being tied 23-23 at halftime, the Storm pulled away in the final period on a steal and a three-point basket by Tim Snyder, whose defense was a key factor throughout the game.
Snyder finished with four points. Trevor Brown scored two points and Don Green one.
The Storm faced the Gibson-Pike Wildcats in the championship game Saturday afternoon.
Jake Lawalin arrived for that game to give the Storm its full complement of players.
Utilizing a platoon system throughout the game, the Storm played full-court press and fast-break basketball and won 47-32.
Fed by strong rebounding and outlet passes by Green and Snyder, Rates and Lawalin led the way with 17 and 15 points respectively.
Sisters Emily and Haley Arnold led the starting unit with six and five points apiece. Snyder contributed four points.
Aggressive defensive play by Laura Zoglman, Jenny Lutgring, and Adam Stillwell (who made a key steal) was also a key to the victory.