Blackcats fall to Carterville Lions at home
By Mike McGinnis
Last Saturday, the Goreville High School boys’ basketball team lost to Carterville, 74-60, in a non-conference game at Goreville. The Blackcats led 16-11 after the first quarter, but Carterville came back to take a 35-34 halftime lead. The Lions increased their lead in the third period, outscoring Goreville 18-9, to put them ahead 53-43 at the start of the fourth quarter and they held on for the win. Goreville’s Kyefer Cavins led all scorers with 29 points. Will Galik topped Carterville with 21 points.
Scoring for Goreville: Cavins-29; Snell-11; Messmer-7; Melot-5; Lanham-4; Hill-2; Madden-2.
Goreville 2nd Annual Invitational Tournament
Due to the winter weather, the Goreville Invitational Tournament held a double session on Monday, Dec. 9, then concluded tourney play on Wednesday. In their first game on Monday, the Blackcats defeated Egyptian by the score of 77-53. Goreville led 18-17 at the end of the first quarter, then used a big second period to increase its lead to 44-24 at halftime and the Blackcats stayed in control the rest of the way. Zeke Snell scored a game high 28 points, while Grueninger had 21 points for Egyptian.
Scoring for Goreville: Snell-28; Melot-13; Troop-9; Schuetz-6; Madden-4; Seavers-4; Vaughn-4; Bishop-3; Hill-2; Lanham-2; Messmer-2.
In Monday’s second contest, Goreville lost to Benton 66-55. Goreville fell behind 21-11 after the first quarter, but the Blackcats rallied to get within 31-29 at the half. The Rangers took a 46-41 lead into the fourth period, then outscored Goreville 20-14 in the final frame to seal the win. Zeke Snell had 20 points to pace Goreville. Benton’s Kruz Hayes topped all scorers with 22 points.
Scoring for Goreville: Snell-20; Madden-11; Cavins-8; Vaughn-7; Melot-4; Bishop-3; Messmer-2.
The Blackcats lost to Johnston City, 92-85, in Wednesday’s contest. Goreville finished tourney play with a 2-2 record. The tournament was won by Anna-Jonesboro with a 3-1 mark. Johnston City led 45-37 at halftime, then outscored the Blackcats 27-19 in the third quarter to take a 72-56 lead into the fourth period. Goreville battled back in the final frame, narrowing the gap to 85-84, but the Indians held on for the win. Kyefer Cavins led Goreville with 20 points, while game high scorer honors went to Johnston City’s Luke McCormick, who had 26 points.
Scoring for Goreville: Cavins-20; Snell-16; Melot-15; Messmer-14; Lanham-12; Madden-8.