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February 9, 2011
Warsaw High School

Titans take control early against Indians

West Hancock's Mac Schlicher drives inside against Clark County's Kyle Kovar during Monday's basketball game.
By Brad Cameron/Sports Editor
Published: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 2:23 PM CST HAMILTON, Ill. -- West Hancock had its offense clicking on all cylinders Monday night.

The Titans shot 56.1 percent from the field, made 11 three-pointers and had assists on 16 of the 23 made field goals for the game in a 65-30 win over the Clark County Indians at Bill Rogers Gymnasium.

"Everything looks smoother when you shoot the ball like that," said West Hancock Head Coach Reno Pinkston. "We caught the ball and were ready to shoot and when you make a few, everybody gets a little more relaxed and more in rhythm. When guys miss a bunch of shots they hesitate the next time they catch it, but once you get into a rhythm it really gets you into a flow."

Clark County did not have an answer for West Hancock's perimeter shooting. The Titans broke the game open early with Paxton Harmon sinking a pair of three-pointers and Nate Parker adding another during an 11-0 lead. Justin Alderton turned a steal into a lay-up for Clark County, but Parker and Seth Pinkston answered with consecutive three-pointers to extend West Hancock's lead to 19-4.

Harmon added a three-pointer to start the second quarter, and West Hancock finished the first half with nine straight points off of three-pointers. Jeremy Ferguson made two, while Austin Hardy added one to give the Titans a 40-15 lead at halftime.

West Hancock shot 62.5 percent from the field and had assists on 13 of the 15 made field goals in the opening half.

"Hands were set, feet were set, and we were ready to shoot it," Pinkston said. "They knew they were going to shoot it before they caught it. When we're playing well, that is one of the things we look at. We want to catch it on the gather and be ready to shoot. If you make a few, guys will lunge at you and you can create space driving to the basket. I thought we did a nice job of that."

Harmon scored 10 of his game-high 23 points in the third quarter, and Pinkston was able to rest his starters much of the second half with another game today.

Today's game with Liberty at Hamilton High School will be the third in four days for the Titans.

"I'm real proud of our guys for coming off a win Saturday in the (KHQA/Subway Superfan) Shootout and then replicating that kind of effort and performance tonight," Pinkston said. "It's one thing to give effort, but we need to perform as well. We want to give the effort and play well."

Clark County, on the other hand, was playing its first game since a 60-33 win at Monroe City on Jan. 25.

"It's been 13 days since we last played a game, and we've haven't gotten a lot of time in the gym for practices during that span," said Clark County Head Coach Clint Smith. "Even if we had played a game between then and now, West Hancock would have beat us. We didn't compete at our fullest potential in this game."

Ferguson had nine points for West Hancock. Parker scored eight points. Hardy and Pinkston each tossed in six points. Schlicher tallied five points and Clint Mecklenburg and Parker Gibbs each had four points.

Tommy Dever led Clark County with 11 points. Alderton had nine points. Ryan Whiston scored four points, and Jeremy Logsdon, Seth Williams and Chase Bevans all finished with two points.

The Indians play at Mark Twain today in a Clarence Cannon Conference game. Clark County hosts Palmyra Friday, its first home game since Dec. 20.

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