Senath-Hornersville's Juan Castillo handles the ball in the paint. [Order this photo]
SENATH, Mo. - The Senath-Hornersville Lions varsity boys basketball team calculated its second highest point total of the season Friday night as it cruised to a 97-31 win against the Southland Rebels.
11 players recorded at least one field goal for Senath-Hornersville.
"I thought we got off to a real slow start, but we hadn't played in 17 days so that's probably to be expected," Senath-Hornersville coach David Heeb said. "We've been talking to kids a lot about getting into a flow together instead of having two or three guys playing well at a time. Basketball is a game if you get all five playing well at once you are actually better than the sum of your parts. I think you saw that a little bit in the first half tonight. Everybody was scoring in the second quarter and that's a point we've got to get to as a team."
Senath-Hornersville led the game 14-13 with 1:48 remaining in the first quarter before it went on a 21-0 run to increase its lead to 35-14 with 5:42 left in the first half.
"I thought early we were flat-footed," Heeb said. "It's probably just from the break. Once we got rolling we probably got them a little bit tired. We were subbing a lot of kids in and out. They elected to not play a junior varsity game. I know he's got some kids injured and things like that. Tonight we played six freshmen and three sophomores in this game. We are really young and everybody knows that, but I think our depth finally got a hold of them and probably wore them down a little bit."
Seven Lions' players combined for eight 3-pointers. All three of Senath-Hornersville's field goals in the fourth period were 3's.
"We are a good shooting team," Heeb said. "Our kids are required to be here and shoot in the morning. You can see the dividends. We've got two or three kids right now that are knocking down shots that couldn't hit the broad side of a barn in August. They've really improved their outside shooting."
Kyle Moore paced the Lions with 26 points. Juan Castillo tallied 12 points for Senath-Hornersville. Zach Johnson and Austin Autry also finished with in double digits with 10 points each for the Lions.
Austin Vaughn paced Southland with 24 points. He scored all six of the Rebels' points in the second half.
Southland coach Daniel Davis said he had no comment as he was leaving the visitor's locker room after the game Friday night.
Southland is back in action Tuesday when its hosts Holcomb in a Tri-County Conference showdown.
Senath-Hornersville's next four games are against Bootheel Conference teams. Senath-Hornersville will play at Malden Jan. 8, at Kennett Jan. 11, host Portageville Jan. 15 and host South Pemiscot Jan. 18. Senath-Hornersville is currently 0-2 in regular-season Bootheel Conference play.
"I think between now and the finish line we are probably going to beat a team or two we are not supposed to beat," Heeb said. "I really feel that way about this team. We are 4-8 and could very easily be 7-5 or 8-4. There are a lot of games that could have gone either way and I give these kids a lot of credit. They have never blinked, flinched or lost their confidence. If you come and watch us practice they are working hard and everybody has a great attitude. I think sometime in the next month and a half we will probably beat a couple of teams we are not supposed to beat."
Notes: Senath-Hornersville's highest offensive total of the season was on Dec. 13 when it beat Southland 98-46.
Southland's Matt Rivero pushes the ball to the basket. [Order this photo]
SOUTH 13 12 3 3 - 31
SENATH 25 38 22 12 - 97
SOUTHLAND (31) - Zane Rutherford 1, David Evans 3, Austin Vaughn 24, Matt Rivero 3. FG 9, FT 13/24, F 13. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: Evans)
SENATH-HORNERSVILLE (97) - Zach Johnson 10, Kyle Moore 26, Maurisio Zapata 7, Shane Crawford 11, Alan Gonzalez 4, Austin Autry 10, Juwan Moss 5, Alex Oltman 4, Brady Bibbs 3, Juan Castillo 12, Jamie Fernandez 5. FG 40, FT 9/19, F 22. (3-pointers: Johnson 2, Moore 1, Zapata 1, Crawford 1, Moss 1, Bibbs 1, Fernandez 1. Fouled out: none)
Note: Name spellings taken from scorebook.