Something needed to give.
When Mason County and Dixie Heights met Tuesday night time at The Fieldhouse, the Royals entered with a nine-game profitable streak, the Colonels at eight.
While the 2 traded blow for blow within the first half, it was the Royals pulling away within the second half for a 82-65 victory, their 10th straight because the workforce appears to be peaking on the proper time.
Both groups shot it nicely on the night time, the Colonels at 58 % from the sphere, the Royals at 64 %, but it surely was the Royals dialing it up from distance that proved to be the distinction, flattening 11-of-15 3-point pictures and staying regular on the free throw line by hitting 20-of-25 makes an attempt.
“Almost good with execution on offense and I’m nearly speechless once more. Our guys are simply taking good care of enterprise, they’re simply having enjoyable,” Royals coach Brian Kirk mentioned. “The results of us capturing such a excessive share is we took good high quality pictures. We didn’t take the pictures that they needed us to take, we received the seems to be that we needed to and our youngsters are stepping up and capturing the basketball with confidence.”
After their largest lack of the season, a 28-point blowout loss to George Rogers Clark on January 29, the Royals profitable streak began January 30 in a street victory at Lewis County. An enormous a part of the surge is Nate Mitchell, the junior guard on a tear these days, averaging 25.5 factors per activity over his final six. He simply missed that clip Tuesday, pouring in 24 with 4 assists.
“We’ve simply targeted in apply extra on getting our units. After the Harrison County activity we got here out actually sloppy and since then we’ve targeted on popping out quick each different activity,” Mitchell mentioned. “Tonight was an enormous win. They’re within the ninth Region, everybody is aware of the ninth Region is sweet basketball. Some rankings had them high 20, some had them high 10 and so they’re a very good workforce.”
Mitchell’s surge has helped ease the burden of Terrell Henry being the go-to man night time in, night time out. While he led the Royals with 25, he felt like issues have eased up for him with Mitchell and his teammates consistency.
“Nate has helped me out quite a bit. I’ve seen so many alternative defenders and with him scoring he’s actually helped me out quite a bit and clearly helped this workforce. Nate’s an ideal man, I like him,” Henry mentioned.
The Royals received three others in double figures within the win over Dixie, AP Perry going for 12, Phillip Bierley and Mason Butler with 10 apiece. While Perry and Butler are seen all around the flooring defensively and Bierley is huge on the glass, their scoring outputs have been an added bonus.
“Having all 5 guys rating in double figures is big. We’ve received 5 to 6 guys that may lead us in scoring night time in, night time out. Mason Butler and AP, these are two guys you don’t see main us within the scoring column, however what you see them do defensively is a lot greater than scoring the basketball. Give numerous credit score to them,” Kirk mentioned.
Those 5 starters performed practically your complete second half till the final 21 seconds when the sport was nicely in hand at 81-65.
“I really feel like simply what we had going was going easily. Sometimes you don’t need to change issues up if you’re youngsters are battling and taking part in so nicely collectively,” Kirk mentioned.
The Royals led 21-15 after one because of a 10-Zero run within the body. Dixie got here again to take a 30-28 lead within the second, however Perry’s 3-pointer within the closing seconds earlier than the half gave the Royals a 36-33 lead on the break.
Mason County 36, Dixie Heights 33
AP Perry with the nook trey earlier than the halftime horn. pic.twitter.com/CFSuyPYASS
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A 9-2 run began to open issues up within the second half, main by as a lot as 13 within the third earlier than the Colonels lower it to 6 at 54-48. But it was Mason Butler’s flip to beat the buzzer this time on an extended vary shot, banking house a 3-pointer to offer the Royals a 57-48 edge headed to the fourth.
End third Quarter:
Mason County 57, Dixie Heights 48
Mason Butler beats the buzzer with a triple off the glass. pic.twitter.com/tA3lzkFRdG
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The Colonels would get inside seven on a few events, however couldn’t inch any nearer from there, Henry and Mitchell taking part in the nearer roles with 22 of the Royals 25 factors within the closing body.
In the Colonels’ eight-game profitable streak, they had been averaging a plus-30.1 factor margin of victory in that span. At 17-Four now, they’d must date again to their first activity of the season for a defeat that unhealthy, 71-46 by the hands of Covington Catholic.
“Dixie is an excellent workforce. They’re a really disciplined workforce and execute their stuff. The largest key we wrote down on the board tonight was taking them out of what they really feel comfy of doing. Felt like our guys did a pleasant job of making use of stable ball stress with out fouling tonight and actually forcing them away from the basket,” Kirk mentioned.
The Colonels had been drawing some high 10 votes and had themselves cemented as a high 20 workforce in a number of rating and ranking websites. Tuesday could have confirmed its time for Mason County to enter that dialogue.
Dixie was led on the night time by Kiernan Geraci with 28 factors, Billy Wogenstahl going for 11.
The Royals closing check of the common season comes Thursday at Walton-Verona.
“It might be robust going to the eighth Region and taking over the All “A” champs. They’ll be related in fashion as tonight. We’ll want to come back again in, focus and regroup, put a gameplan collectively and most significantly go execute it,” Kirk mentioned.
While if that would be the closing common season activity stays up within the air main into the 39th District Tournament on March 15, for the way nicely the workforce is taking part in, they might need to hold taking part in.
ROYALS 82, COLONELS 65
DIXIE HEIGHTS — 15-18-15-17 — 65
MASON COUNTY — 21-15-21-25 — 82
Dixie (65) — Geraci 28, Wogenstahl 11, Snelling 9, Summe 8, Landers 5, Flynn 2, Blank 2
Mason (82) — Henry 25, Mitchell 24, Perry 12, Butler 10, Bierley 10, Schumacher 1
Field Goals: Dixie 27/46, Mason 25/39
3-Pointers: Dixie 2/6, Mason 11/15
Free Throws: Dixie 9/12, Mason 20/25
Rebounds: Dixie 23 (Wogenstahl 5), Mason 18 (Henry 7)
Assists: Dixie 14 (Three with 3), Mason 12 (Mitchell 4)
Turnovers: Dixie 14, Mason 13
Fouls: Dixie 23, Mason 11
Records: Dixie Heights 17-4, Mason County 15-3