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Big Red stops ’Cats

December 22, 2012
By FRED YOUNCE - Sports writer ( , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - The Steubenville Big Red boys basketball team fell behind 4-0 to open its Friday night encounter with Edison at the Crimson Center.

That was about the only thing Big Red did wrong as it went on a 17-0 run from there and cruised to an impressive 71-27 victory over the Wildcats.

"They started off up 4-0, and we called a timeout," said Big Red head coach Mike Haney. "We didn't seem to be playing good team defense. We were just running behind picks and chasing guys.

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RISE ABOVE — Steubenville’s Glenn Purdue goes up for two over Edison’s Tyler Schmidt and Brad Springer during Big Red’s 71-27 win over the Wildcats Friday at the Crimson Center.

"They were running the flex and doing a good job moving the ball. We were just chasing them and they hit a couple shots early. Once we made a bucket we got into our full court pressure and it helped us a little bit."

Big Red saw every player enter the scoring column on the evening and stayed consistently dominant from start to finish. Tajuan Lawson and Mylik Young each scored 14 to lead the way with Adam Sterling adding 11.

"It was good," said Haney of his team's performance. "Everybody on the team contributed. That's always nice to see everyone in the game getting minutes because throughout the season you never know what's going to happen.

Fact Box

Big Red 71, Edison 27

Edison 7 6 6 8 - 27

Big Red 18 18 18 17 - 71

EDISON (1-6): D. Jones 0 0-0 0, Lee 0 0-0 0, Allese 0 1-2 1, Hyndman 2 0-0 5, Kramarich 1 0-0 2, A. Jones 2 0-0 5, Howell 2 1-2 5, Wickin 0 0-0 0, Woodward 1 0-0 2, Horan 3 1-2 7, Schmidt 0 0-0 0, Woika 0 0-0 0, Springer 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 11 3-6 27. 3-pointers: Hyndman, A. Jones.

BIG RED (4-2): Linn 2 2-2 7, Herring-Hill 3 1-2 7, Bailey 1 0-2 2, Lawson 5 2-3 14, Herrington 1 0-0 3, Young 5 4-4 14, Sterling 5 1-1 11, Redman 2 0-0 4, Smith 2 0-0 4, Perdue 2 1-2 5. TOTALS: 28 11-16 71. 3-pointers: Lawson (2), Linn, Herrington.

"Some of these guys are going to have to step up at crucial times."

The first quarter ended with Steubenville leading 18-7. Lawson and John Linn each scored five in the stanza with Young chipping in four.

An 18-6 second quarter advantage pushed the lead to 36-13 at halftime. Sterling matched Edison's team output in the quarter with six points while Lawson added five more.

Young led the way in the third as he, like Sterling in the second, matched the Wildcats' offensive production with six points as Big Red outscored the visitors 18-6 for the second straight quarter. When the third quarter buzzer sounded Steubenville led 54-19.

The coaches emptied the benches in the fourth quarter, but things remained the same with Big red earning a 17-8 advantage to close out the 71-27 win.

Austin Horan led the Wildcats with seven points, all coming in the final frame. J.D. Howell, Alec Jones, and Austin Hyndman each scored five.

John Linn and Brandon Herring-Hill each scored seven and Glenn Purdue added five to provided support for Big Red.

"It was a good win," said Haney. "We talked about some of the things we had to do. We wanted to create some turnovers and I thought we did that.

"We talked about limiting our turnovers and I think we were in single-digits in our turnovers. We'd been in double-digits a lot so we talked about that in practice and worked on stressing turnover margin."

Big Red (4-2) travels to Martins Ferry Thursday while Edison (1-6) hosts Indian Creek Friday.

Edison head coach Nate Moses declined comment.

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