PC handed a loss in season’s final home game
By Pastor Vince Carrig
Cardinals center Adam Lawson made a rich living under the basket, putting away two shots to decide the game and give Hayes Center a 50-45 win over Perkins County in Grant on Thursday night.
Lawson stationed himself under the basket to put back a missed shot and give Hayes Center a 48-43 lead in the last half-minute of play. Lawson iced a free throw in the closing seconds and led all scorers with 21 points.
Plainsmen reserve guard Taylor Boldt also put back a rebound with 46 seconds left to pull Perkins County within three points of the lead at 46-43.
Lawson’s shot made Plainsmen leading scorer Michael York’s difficult score (back-to-the-basket and straight up) make no difference in the outcome. York collected 16 points on the evening, with only four coming in the second half.
Guard Taylor Rehbien also sank a free throw in the closing seconds and provided just enough secondary scoring (10 points) to allow the Cardinals to escape with the win.
Lawson went on a miniature rampage at the beginning of the fourth quarter to tip the game in Hayes Center’s favor. He put back a Rehbien miss, scored over raised hands, and blocked a shot to give the Cardinals a 42-36 lead they would never relinquish.
Guards Boldt and starter Quinton Hite played off of one another to pull Perkins County as close to the lead as it would get in the fourth quarter, trailing 35-34. Hite found a wide-open Boldt under the basket for one score and Hite cleaned up a Boldt miss to almost knot the score.
York (16 points) surged with consecutive field goals and handed off an easy basket to Plainsmen center Tyler Brott (nine points) in a six-point surge that tied the score 24-24 at halftime.
Lawson shot 9-for-12 from the free throw line; Perkins County did not even visit the line nine times.
York scored six field goals and Brott four before halftime. Hite hit the Plainsmen’s only three-pointer; only Rehbien scored from beyond the arc for the Cardinals.
P.C. 45, Hayes Center 50
Hayes Center 10 14 11 15—50
Perkins Co. 14 10 10 11—45
The 7-13 Plainsmen close out their regular season with a visit to Hershey, where the 17-3 Panthers would like to enforce a 66-32 win they took in Grant on Dec. 4, 2010.