Effingham Daily News
St. Anthony’s Homecoming spirit — and balanced scoring — lead the Bulldogs to a Homecoming win over Beecher City 54-34 Tuesday night.
Senior forward John Goeckner was named the Homecoming king before the game, and played like a king in the paint with 12 points overall on the evening.
The Bulldogs got off to a hot start, with Neil Williams hitting a pair of 3-pointers within the first minute of the game.
It would be a theme on the evening, as Williams hit four on the night.
St. Anthony pushed its lead out to 21-10 at the end of the first quarter, with Beecher City’s efforts being buoyed by Brady Barnes’ eight points.
Barnes would score four more points early in the quarter as the Eagles drew with seven at 23-16.
But Barnes picked up his third foul in the second quarter and wouldn’t score again, being relegated to the bench until the second half when the game was already in hand for the Bulldogs.
Williams, Andrew Gardewine, Alex Hoelscher and John Goeckner keyed a 9-0 run from there. Beecher City cut the halftime lead to 13 at 32-19.
Both teams struggled in the third quarter with turnovers and shooting. Beecher City only scored four points in the half by an Austin Rexroad jumper and a Daniel Harder layup.
Harder got into foul trouble of his own, sapping the Eagles of their size inside to battle with Hoelscher and Goeckner.
On the flip side, St. Anthony mustered just 11 points with a tough quarter from the field, but extended the lead thanks to their shutdown defense in the frame.
The Bulldogs grabbed a 43-23 lead heading into the fourth on Williams’ final three and would push the lead to as many as 25 midway through the fourth.
Williams finished with a game-high 14 points thanks to his four three pointers. Goeckner rounded off his Homecoming night to remember with 12, and Gardewine and Hoelscher each had eight points.
Barnes finished with 12 points on the night, none after the second quarter.
The Eagles struggled to find their groove without him, as Andrew Lagerhausen, Austin Rexroad and Jacob Kenter all had four points on the night.
Beecher City is now 2-1 overall and 1-1 in National Trail Conference play. They face Dieterich Friday night.
St. Anthony moves to 3-3 on the season and 1-0 in NTC action. They head to St. Elmo Friday to face St. Elmo/Brownstown.
Beecher City 10 9 4 11 34
St. Anthony 21 11 11 11 54
BC: Gardner 2, Giles 3, Doty 2, Lagerhausen 4, Rexroad 4, Kenter 4, Barnes 12, Harder 2, Bales 1
SA: Williams 14, Gibson 2, Greene 1, A. Gardewine 8, Hoelscher 8, Z. Gardewine 6, Gurtner 3, Goeckner 12