Panthers finish off perfect conference season by clobbering Carterville
Pinckneyville's bench cheers a late bucket in Friday's win at Carterville. (Richard Sitler Photo)
By Doug Daniels
1351sports.com / pinckneyvillesports.com
February 17, 2018
(Carterville, Ill.) - For the better part of the last four games, Pinckneyville has played without the services of guard Dawson Yates, who injured his hip during the February 2 game at the O'Fallon Shootout, and in each of those four games, the Panthers were challenged down to the final minute. Yates returned to action this past Friday, and while the level of opponent wasn't quite as difficult as the previous four games, PCHS got back to dominating the competition, demolishing Carterville 84-37 to finish off a perfect 10-0 conference season.
Yates had just two points in the ball game, but assisted on two early three-pointers, one by Grant Jausel, the other by J.C. Moll, as the Panthers jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead. Four more threes fell for Pinckneyville in the opening quarter - one apiece by Jausel, Moll, Devin Kitchen and Kyle Luke - and after eight minutes of play PCHS was already well on their way to a comfortable victory at 28-10.
Things did not improve for the host Lions in the second quarter. Carterville managed only one field goal in the period, and at the break the Panthers had ran their lead up to 31 points at 43-12. Pinckneyville kept adding on and led 65-21 heading to the fourth.
Ten Panthers had at least four points in the game, and three of them finished in double figures - Jausel (16), Moll (15) and Luke (10). Kitchen, Kyle Kreger and Dustin Bartnicki each had 7 points, Dylan Houghland had 6, Grant Tanner 5, Hunter Clark and Derek Rohlfing each had 4, and Yates and Tyler Rice both finished with 2.
Pinckneyville wrapped up the regular season with an overall record of 26-3, and finished 10-0 in conference play for the second consecutive year. The postseason begins for the Panthers on Tuesday at home against either Sparta or Trico in the Regional semifinals with tip-off set for 7 p.m.
(Photos by Richard Sitler)