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Cowan Boys Basketball Team Falls Short in Sectional
February 27, 2013Cowan High School
Tom St. Myer
PARKER CITY — Southern Wells basketball coach Brody Tarter screamed “Help” to signify a double team whenever Cowan guard Stewart Kerr so much as crossed half court with the ball in his hands.
The sparse crowd in the gym Tuesday night for the opening round of the Class A Monroe Central boys basketball sectional certainly understood why.
Kerr knifed his way through the Southern Wells defense for nine baskets and a game-high 25 points. Those baskets and all of the points mattered naught to the Cowan senior after the game, though. All that Kerr cared about is that he missed his final three shots and his Blackhawks fell short of pulling off an improbable comeback as the Raiders held on for a 51-47 victory. Southern Wells advanced to play Wes-Del on Friday in the second semifinal.
“Shots started to fall, but it just wasn’t enough,” Kerr said followed by a sigh.
Wes-Del is the lone Delaware County program still remaining in the sectional. Defending sectional champion Liberty Christian ousted another, blowing out Daleville 81-44 in the opener.
Southern Wells (9-12) threatened to turn the nightcap into a blowout, too. The Raiders reeled off 10 straight points after intermission and led the Blackhawks by 13 points midway through the third quarter.
Cowan managed to only slice two points off that deficit over the next four minutes and trailed by 11 at the end of the third quarter. The Blackhawks opened the final period energized, though, after a passionate speech from coach Mike King and proceeded to outscore the Raiders 13-3 and pull within one, 46-45, on a Kerr basket with 2:14 on the clock.
“A lot of credit goes to our kids and how hard they fight,” said King, whose team finished with a 5-16 record. “… We could’ve folded I don’t know how many times during the course of the game, and they didn’t. They just kept fighting and gave themselves a chance.”
Cowan turned to Kerr down the stretch to complete the comeback, but with Raiders draped all over him in the final two minutes, he missed a jumper to potentially put the Blackkawks up, and both he and Jon Miller missed potentially game-tying 3-pointers in the final seconds.
“We had good looks,” Kerr said. “They just hit more shots than us.”
Courtesy of The Star Press