Skins Make Short Work Out Of McGivney

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Even without one of their top offensive threats, the Nokomis Redskins were too overpowering for Father McGivney on Monday, Jan. 20, in the Skins' opening game of the Rick McGraw Memorial Invitational.

Minus Alex Tosetti due to injury, the Redskins still rang up 58 points and held the Griffins to 24 in Monday's duel in Litchfield, with the mercy rule in effect for much of the fourth quarter.

Carter Sabol would pick up the slack for his fellow senior as he scored ten of Nokomis' 17 points in the first quarter. Seth Johnson added four and Evan Herpstreith chipped in a three as the Redskins led by nine after eight minutes.

Injuries also have a tendency to force others to step up, in this case freshman Elijah Aumann. Aumann scored seven points in the second quarter, nearly doubling the four points he had for his career entering the game.

Sabol, Johnson and Jake Johnson also had a bucket apiece and the Nokomis defense held the Glen Carbon-based parochial school to five points to make it 30-13 at the break.

The rout continued in the second half, with Nokomis doubling up Father McGivney 12-6 in the quarter behind six points from Sabol, four from Jake Johnson and two from Seth Johnson.

Leading 42-19, the Redskins scored 16 more, led by Kendall Knodle's six, and finished off the 34-point win.

Sabol would finish with just a point less than the Griffins as he scored 23 points, with ten rebounds and three steals. The 23 points gives the Nokomis senior 1,839 for his career, just 20 away from the school's all-time scoring record of 1,859, held by 1997 grad Mike Havera, currently an assistant coach for Taylorville, who is also in the Litchfield tournament.

Seth Johnson and Jake Johnson would back Sabol with eight points each, with the latter picking up three steals. Kendall Knodle added six points and six rebounds, while Evan Herpstreith finished with three points and ten assists.

Elijah Aumann and Ty Knodle finished out the scoring with seven and three respectively as Nokomis improved to 10-6 on the season.

As a team, the Redskins shot over .500 from the field, going 25-of-47, while holding Father McGivney to just 21 shots, ten of which they made.

The Griffins, who are coached by Rich Beyers, the son-in-law of tournament namesake, the late Rick McGraw, were led by Justin Wenos, who finished with eight points, while Jackson Rodgers added six.

Next up for Nokomis is Gateway Legacy Christian Academy, who defeated Father McGivney 63-54 in their McGraw Memorial opener on Jan. 18. The Lions are from Hazelwood, MO, and are a bit of an unknown to most teams in this area, with many of their players coming from other countries to attend the prep school.

Game time against Gateway Legacy is 7:30 p.m. at Panther Gym at the Litchfield Middle School.

After that, the Redskins will be destined for either the first or fifth place bracket, where they will take on the corresponding team from Pool A, which includes top seed Triad, eighth seeded Greenville and ninth seeded Mt. Zion.

Triad, who beat Nokomis 60-49 in the second game of the Stove Top Stuffing Classic on Nov. 26, defeated Mt. Zion 72-41 on Saturday and play Greenville Tuesday at 6 p.m. The Comets also beat Mt. Zion, winning 51-46 on Monday night to relegate the 0-2 Braves to the ninth place bracket.

January 20 at Litchfield

Rick McGraw Memorial Invite

Nokomis 17 13 12 16 58

Father McGivney 8 5 6 5 24

Nokomis (58) - Carter Sabol 23, Seth Johnson 8, Jake Johnson 8, Elijah Aumann 7, Kendall Knodle 6, Ty Knodle 3, Evan Herpstreith 3. Totals: 25 7-9 58.

Father McGivney (24) - Justin Wenos 8, Jackson Rodgers 6, Kellen Weir 3, Jacob Huber 3, Jacob Jones 2, Daren Luchetti 2. Totals: 10 0-0 24.

Three-point field goals: Nokomis 1 (Herpstreith 1); Father McGivney 4 (Rodgers 2, Weir 1, Huber 1).

Records: Nokomis (10-6), Father McGivney (3-15).

53rd Rick McGraw Memorial Invitational

at Litchfield High School

Pool A: 1. Triad (1-0); 8. Greenville (1-0); 9. Mt. Zion (0-2)

Pool B: 2. Pana (1-0); 7. Civic Memorial; 10. Ramsey (0-1)

Pool C: 3. Taylorville (1-0); 6. Litchfield (0-1); 11. Hillsboro (1-1)

Pool D: 4. Gateway Legacy (1-0); 5. Nokomis; 12. Father McGivney (0-1)

Pool Play - Day 1

Saturday, January 18

• Taylorville 94, Hillsboro 76 - Jase Bergschneider with 32 for Taylorville, Nic Ondrey with 24 for Hillsboro

• Pana 66, Ramsey 28 - Jonah Lauff with 18 for Pana, Hunter Williams with 9 for Ramsey

• Triad 72, Mt. Zion 41 - Luke Cox with 33 for Triad, Nash Mose with 11 for Mt. Zion

• Gateway Legacy 63, Father McGivney 54 - Santiago Prettel with 17 for Gateway Legacy, Kellen Weir with 15 for Father McGivney

Pool Play - Day 2

Monday, January 20

• Nokomis 58, Father McGivney 24 - Carter Sabol with 23 for Nokomis, Justin Wenos with 8 for McGivney

• Hillsboro 82, Litchfield 74 - Drake Vogel with 25 for Hillsboro, Brady Bishop with 18 for Litchfield

• Civic Memorial 55, Ramsey 42 - Trey Hall with 18 for Civic Memorial, Kendell Adermann with 16 for Ramsey

• Greenville 51, Mt. Zion 46 - Jack Schaufelberger with 17 for Greenville, Ethan Hamrick with 16 for Mt. Zion

Pool Play - Day 3

Tuesday, January 21

at Simmons Gym

6 p.m. - Greenville vs. Triad

7:30 p.m. - Litchfield vs. Taylorville

at Panther Gym

6 p.m. - Civic Memorial vs. Pana

7:30 p.m. - Nokomis vs. Gateway Legacy

Ninth Place Bracket

at Panther Gym

Thursday, January 23

6 p.m. - #3 Pool A vs. #3 Pool D

7:30 p.m. - #3 Pool B vs. #3 Pool C

Friday, January 24

6 p.m. - 11th Place Game

7:30 p.m. - 9th Place Game

Fifth Place Bracket

at Simmons Gym

Thursday, January 23

6 p.m. - #2 Pool A vs. #2 Pool D

7:30 p.m. - #2 Pool B vs. #2 Pool C

Saturday, January 25

2:30 p.m. - 7th Place Game

4 p.m. - 5th Place Game

Championship Bracket

at Simmons Gym

Friday, January 24

6 p.m. - #1 Pool A vs. #1 Pool D

7:30 p.m. - #1 Pool B vs. #1 Pool C

Saturday, January 25

5:30 p.m. - 3rd Place Game

7 p.m. - Championship Game

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