Senior 4-years starter Jaran Richman scores 23 of his 28 in second half, but Hamilton can't make up 5-points halftime defiicit
LATHROP, Mo. — Hamilton’s Penney High School basketball Hornets didn’t need another Houdini act to try to capture the Class 3 District 16 Tournament championship Saturday, but, against a stronger opponent, being ahead or on close terms all game wasn’t enough to get the job done.
Having rallied from a 25-points halftime deficit to overtake Trenton in Thursday’s semifinals, Hamilton (22-6) jumped ahead of top-seeded Maryville 12-4 after one quarter Saturday.
However, after MHS’ Spoofhounds rode Eli Dowis and John Zimmerman’s shooting to a 25-points second period that put them ahead 29-22, the two clubs played to a stalemate in each of the last two stanzas, allowing Maryville to finish with a 67-62 triumph and a trip to state play.
Angular sophomore Dowis scored 12 of his team-high 21 points in that pivotal second quarter, popping in a pair of treys along the way. Zimmerman added 10 second-half points to the eight he tallied in period No. 2 and 6’5” Jackson Golightly netted 12 of his 14 after intermission, hitting a couple shots from downtown.
Hamilton senior guard Jaran Richman, a 4-years starter for the Hornets, led all scorers with 28 points, again having a monster second half, as he did against Trenton. This time, Richman poured in 23 in the last 16 minutes, including 14 in the third period alone.
Junior teammate LaTroy Harper scored 21, keeping Hamilton afloat in the first half with 15.
Fatally for Hamilton’s hopes, however, it had only one other scorer with more than two tallies.