By Jimmie Earls
Sun Sports Writer
The Washington County Commanders traveled up the road to Lebanon last Friday night to square off against the Marion County Knights. Both teams entered the game winless, so each squad was hungry for a win. Although the Commanders showed promise in the first quarter, the rest of the game was all Marion County as they went on to win 71-47.
Each team matched up pretty fair in the first quarter of play. WC had an early 8-7 lead before the Knights scored two and led 9-8 at the end of the quarter.
Marion County padded their lead by outscoring WC 17-8 in the second quarter to lead 26-16 at the half.
The Knights pulled away even further in the third quarter, as they scored on Commander turnovers early in the quarter. The Commanders were outscored 25-15 in the quarter.
Marion County iced their first victory of the season by putting 20 more points on the board in the final quarter to win 71-47.
Marion County was led by senior guard Chris Southall who had 17 points, including four three-pointers. Other Knights scoring in double digits were Derek Cissell with 11 and D.J. Hall and Deshawn Douglas with 10 each.
Leading the Commanders in scoring was sophomore forward Will Purdom with 13 points. Senior Lee Mudd had eight points while senior John Hamilton recorded nine. Hamilton also had six rebounds on the evening, two offensive and four defensive.
Percentage-wise, the Commanders shot a total of 39.6 percent, hitting 19 out of 48 shots from the floor, including six of 21 from three-point range. On free throws, WC was three of eight for 37.5 percent.
Washington Co. 8 8 15 16 47
Marion Co. 9 17 25 20 71
Washington County (47) – Mudd 8, Purdom 13, John Hamilton 9, J. Simms 5, Osborne 1, Hale 2, Joe Hamilton 4, Spalding 5
Marion County (71) – Mudd 3, Southall 17, Hall 10, Reed 5, Buckman 5, Cissell 11, Douglas 10, Thompson 3, Hamilton 2, Elder 5
The Commanders have struggled so far this season. According to head coach Paul Bodenhamer, the players have been working hard, but they seem to be lacking a key ingredient that will bring the team together. Hopefully that missing piece to the puzzle can be found in time for the team’s first district match-up against Bethlehem on Friday night.
“I think both teams will come out and play hard,” added Bodenhamer. “If we step up and knock down the shots and grab the rebounds that we’re supposed to, then we’ll be in pretty good shape. It’ll come down to execution. I think the boys will be ready. We’ve got a good group of kids, we’re just not getting the production that we need right now. They come to practice every day, and they work hard. We’ve just got to up our production and find that one guy that we can really go to night in and night out.”
Catch the Commanders and Commanderettes in double-header action Friday night at home against Bethlehem. If you can’t make it to the game, listen to both games live on WYSB 102.7 FM with pre-game starting at 5:45 p.m. Highlights and photos will be available in the next issue of The Springfield Sun and online at www.readthesun.com on the Internet.