Before a rather sparse crowd, the Glenwood High School boys basketball team captured the IHSA Class 3A Taylorville Regional title by defeating Jacksonville 54-40 last Friday night.
The Titans (24-9) advanced to the Mt. Vernon Sectional, where they took on Carbondale Wednesday night. The winner of that game faces East St. Louis for the sectional title Friday night 7 p.m. The Mt. Vernon Sectional champion advances to the Springfield Super-Sectional Tuesday, March 17.
•In beating the Crimsons (13-20) for the fourth time this season, Glenwood took control in the second quarter and stretched the lead to 15 points by the end of the third quarter. GHS led by 20 points early in the final period, with the lead remaining in double digits the rest of the game.
Luke Lehnen led all scorers with 18 points, while Tyler Burris added 14 and Tyler Estes had 12. Burris also had eight rebounds and four steals, while Eli Vogler posted a line of six points, 10 rebounds, six assists and two steals. Jason Hansbrough added four points.
The Crimsons came out in a zone defense, with the Titans’ Hansbrough (and reserve Mitchell Logan) tasked with slowing down Jacksonville’s top scorer, Lunden Cook.
“The three times before this playing them - it’s just so methodical out there,” explained GHS head coach Todd Blakeman. “You try to speed them up and the game just won’t speed up. You’ve just got to stay solid and we knew coming in we had to take care of the Cook kid. If he went off and scored 25, we were in trouble. But Jason and Mitchell did a great job on him. Their freshman (Elijah Owens) could shoot it too, and Luke did a pretty good job on him. I thought defensively we did a good job with our pressure, but offensively we took good shots and took care of the ball late. Any time you play a team four times, they know you and you know them. There’s no secrets out there. You just have to go out and play and do the things you do that got you here.”
Glenwood shot over 50 percent from the field and enjoyed a 28-12 edge in points in the paint. GHS outrebounded the Crimsons 29-25.
“The No. 1 thing I was looking for was rebounds,” Blakeman added. “And our interior passing was pretty good. Tyler Burris put the ball on the floor in the middle and did some good things for us.”
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