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Faulkner Basketball Roundup: St. Joseph teams in semifinals and Hendrix in conference openers

Posted: December 5, 2013 - 6:43pm

St. Joseph’s boys defeated Guy-Perkins, 67-54, Monday night in the semifinals of the St. Joseph Classic.

The rest of the tournament schedule, with the finals set for Saturday, has been delayed indefinitely.

Drake Cooper scored 25 points and had eight rebounds for the Bulldogs (8-2). Dylan Schrekenhofer had 19 points and Taylor Schrekenhofer eight. Nash Nichols had seven points, seven rebounds and three steals. Landon Enderlin had five rebounds and five assists. William Fields had three assists.

“I was proud of the effort and the way we executed on offense and the way we moved the ball,” said coach Brent Bruich. “We rebounded well and really competed well on the boards.”

Perryville edged the Lady Bulldogs (7-2), 30-29, in a girls’ semifinal.

Madeline Moix led with 10 points and four rebounds. Megan Briggler had eight points, and Rachel Briggler had five points and five assists. Anna Mayor had six rebounds and Caroline Dail five.

“As you can see from the score, it was a defensive battle,” said St. Joseph coach Chris Kordsmeier. “I was proud of how we executed our defensive game plan. Perryville has a strong inside game. We just need to be more effective on the offensive end.”

HENDRIX

In their Southern Athletic Association opener, the Hendrix College men’s basketball team lost to Rhodes College 56-54 at Grove Gymnasium on Wednesday night.

The visiting Lynx (4-3, 1-0) led 34-28 at the half and led 48-40 with 7:46 remaining. The Warriors (4-4, 0-1) went on a 12-4 run capped by a game-tying 3-pointer from sophomore guard Drew Nikolovski with 2:23 left to play.

Rhodes forward Geoff Livsey made a basket with 1:59 left, and Drew Miller hit one of two free throws to give the Lynx a three-point lead with 1:20 on the clock. Nikolovski hit a jumper from the elbow 15 seconds later to cut the margin to 55-54. The teams traded missed shots, and the Lynx regained possession with 6.6 seconds to play. Fouled with 3.6 seconds on the clock, Tate Sledge made one of two free throw attempts to give Rhodes the two-point advantage. The Warriors failed to get a shot off in the closing seconds of the game.

Sophomore guard Jordan Barrett came off the bench to lead Hendrix with 12 points.

Junior forward Luke Vance scored 10 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Sophomore guard Hank Aldous recorded nine points, two assists, two blocks and two steals, and Nikolovski finished with seven points.

Senior forward Colton Primm added six points and seven boards.

In women’s play, No. 20 Rhodes romped to a 72-34 victory.

The visiting Lynx (5-0, 1-0) led 32-20, then scored the first 23 points of the second half to control the game.

The Warriors (2-5, 0-1) shot just 24 percent (12-of-51) from the field for the game, and was 2-of-16 from outside and 8-of-12 at the free throw line. Rhodes shot 40 percent (29-of-72) from the field, 8-of-26 from 3-point range and 6-of-7 from the line. The Lynx held a 53-32 rebound advantage, and scored 27 second-chance points, compared to just three for the Warriors.

Sophomore guard Caitlin Kriesel-Bigler led Hendrix with seven points to go with four rebounds.

Hendrix teams will host non-conference foe Rust College on Monday night.

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