Wolverines rout Griswold, 74-40


Braden West, shown here with the ball earlier this season, scored a team-high 18 points in East MIlls’ win over East Atchison Thursday.

East Mills built a 22-point halftime lead and cruised to a 74-40 victory over Griswold in Corner Conference boys basketball Friday in Malvern.

“We made some defensive errors early and they hit some three’s early but after the first quarter I really thought we played well,” said East Mills coach Kevin Schafer. “We moved the ball really well, shared the ball really well and we she shot it well. When we pressed we got some easy buckets. We played 10 kids quality minutes. It was good to get kids that much action.”

The Wolverines (7-1 overall, 2-0 in the conference) shot 56.1 percent (32-of-57) from the field and held a 28 to 22 rebounding edge. They also grabbed 17 steals defensively and forced 28 turnovers.

Mason Crouse had a big night offensively, shooting 12-of-19 from the field and scoring 28 points. He also grabbed six rebounds and five steals. Braden West chipped in 11 points.

Kamron Brownlee scored 12 points and Peyton Cook 11 to lead Griswold.

East Mills 49,
East Atchison 30

East Mills built a 30-17 lead at halftime and rolled to a 49-30 victory over East Atchison Thursday.

The Wolverines led 20-4 in the first half but played even with the Wolves the rest of the way.

“The two teams are probably pretty evenly matched, we just kind of jumped on them and they took a while to adjust to our defense. Once they did, they settled down but they never really made a run at us. I was proud our kids continued to play hard and we got out and got some fast break points. The first quarter was the reason we won.”

Wolverine leading scorer Mason Crouse was bottled up defensively and held to a season-low eight points in the win.

“They played man but when he (Crouse) got the ball they ran a lot of help at him which  opened things up for our other kids,” Schafer said. “It’s good our kids saw that because it led to open buckets.”

Braden West stepped up to score a career-high 19 points. He also added eight rebounds.

“He’s adjusting to playing without and kids and settling in. He’s athletic, there’s no doubt about it. We need multiple kids who get us 10 or 12 points any night and he’s show he capable of getting more than that.”

East Mills 55,
Heartland Christian 42

East Mills bounced back from a rough start and an early nine point defecit to down Heartland Christian 55-42 in Corner Conference boys basketball last Tuesday.

The Wolverines (6-1 overall, 2-0 in the conference) trailed 17-8 after the first quarter but went on a 19-8 run in the second frame to take a 27-25 lead into the half. That momentum would carry over to the second half where East Mills out-scored the Eagles 28-17.

Mason Crouse scored a game-high 31 points to lead the Wolverines. The junior hit 11-of-24 shots, including 5-of-10 from behind the arc, and pulled down seven rebounds.

Braden West added seven points and eight rebounds.

 

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