Rogers, Bearcats use second quarter spurt to down Vikings
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Without starting point guard Shea Buchanan (illness), Avery led the Bearcats 9-2 midway through the first period. The insertion of HHS guard Shawn Rogers into the Bearcats lineup five minutes into the first period turned the tide, however, as the home team used an 11-4 scoring run to knot the game at 13 points apiece after one quarter.
A 30-13 second-period flurry by the Bearcats, keyed by 12 second-quarter points from Rogers, as well as a number of offensive rebounds by forwards Kaleb Schuller and Matt Wheeler, helped the Bearcats to push its pace late in the first half.
The Big Red tried valiantly throughout the second half to rally from the deep deficit, outscoring HHS 40-37 in the second half, but the club could only draw as close as 12 points for the remainder of the contest as HHS defeated Avery by an 80-66 final score.
Ty Polsgrove paced Avery with 17 points, five rebounds and two assists. Dylan Bauer scored 16 points, with three steals and three rebounds. Austin Phillips added nine points and four rebounds, with seven points from Chance Watson.
Avery committed 24 turnovers in the game, but shot 57 percent (28-of-49) from the floor. Rogers paced four HHS scoring double-figures with 21 points. Avery forced the Bearcats into 20 turnovers in the game.
AHS (5-8, 1-2 WHC) bounced back with a decisive win against Polk County in Viking Gym earlier this week, and travels to Marshall this Friday, Jan. 11, to take on Madison. A full report on these games can be found in next week's edition.