Antelopes extend winning streak with two more

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth boys’ basketball team extended their recent win streak to six games, capturing two wins over the past week.

The 'Lopes hosted Carlynton in a section game last Friday and defeated the Cougars 50-44.

"It was ugly but we'll take it," said coach Dan Bradley.

Avonworth jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter with three-balls by Mike Noethiger and Jake Harper and a basket in the lane by Matt Crilley, all coming on Avonworth's first three possessions to put them ahead 8-0.

Carlynton responded with a run of their own of 8-0 to tie the teams at 8-8 but both teams struggled from the field through the remainder of the quarter. The Antelopes connected on 4-12 from the field, adding a three-pointer by Garrett Day while the Cougars hit on 5-17 from the floor in the opening period as Avonworth remained on top 17-14.

The teams shot the ball slightly better in the second quarter, with Noethiger's seven points pacing the 'Lopes on offense. A basket by Darius Simmons late in the quarter gave the Antelopes a six-point lead at 28-22, but the Cougars connected from beyond the arc to keep it a one-possession game. Noethiger added a pair of free throws that put Avonworth up 30-25 at the half.

The 'Lopes took advantage of a 6-0 run that gave them their largest lead by 12 at 39-27 with 3:10 remaining in the third quarter. Noethiger and Crilley accounted for all of Avonworth's points, which produced an 11-7 advantage in the period and a 41-32 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Carlynton was able to cut into Avonworth's lead at 45-41, but it was as close as they would get with 3:00 remaining.

The 'Lopes still managed to hold off the Cougars despite a 3-10 effort from the free throw line down the stretch that helped to secure a 50-44 win.

Noethiger finished with 17 points, followed by Crilley with 14, Harper with 9, Day with 6 and Simmons with 4 points.

Avonworth continued section play traveling to Freedom this past Tuesday and winning handily 80-63. The 'Lopes took control early, leading 24-7 at the end of one quarter and 48-24 at the half.

Day had a stellar night with 30 points, connecting on six threes and pulling down 13 rebounds.

Harper had 13 points and Noethiger added 10 points.

The 'Lopes travel to North Catholic for a battle between section co-leaders this coming Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.