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KampwerthFrom long range — Central senior forward Max Kampwerth eyes up a long 3-pointer in the first quarter of the Cougars’ 28-point victory over Brentwood in the Nashville Invitational on Monday. Kampwerth had 12 points and seven boards. (Photo by Jeremy Chawgo)    The Central boys basketball team is putting things together as they won both of their games last week in blowout fashion over Civic Memorial and Brentwood.
    The Cougars won a nonconference tilt at home with Civic Memorial last Tuesday while the won their opening round game of pool play over Brentwood on Monday at the Nashville Invitational.
    Central continues play in Nashville this week with their 11-6 record.
    Central 68, Brentwood, Mo. 40:  The Cougars used a fast start to stun the Eagles on Monday at the Assembly Hall in Nashville.
    Jackson Haag got the Cougars rolling with a 3-pointer in the first 15 seconds that spearheaded a 19-3 run to open the contest.
    Logan Hamilton and Emit Jansen also had 3-pointers in the run while senior Simon Thomas added four buckets as the rout was on.
    Meanwhile, the Cougars’ defense slowed down Brentwood junior Chris Hill.  The guard was averaging 28.6 points per game entering the contest.
    Hill had the Eagles’ only bucket in the opening frame, a long 3-pointer from the left baseline.
    Central fell cold in the second quarter with just 3-of-12 shooting and four turnovers as the Eagles crept closer.
    Jansen hit another 3-pointer for the Cougars while Max Kampwerth added three free throws to offset a 7-point quarter from Hill.
    Jordan Mitchell hit for five points in the second quarter for the Eagles as they crept within 29-15 at the half.
    “We got a little sloppy there in the second quarter,” said Central head coach Jeremy Shubert.  “We had four turnovers there and we didn’t have one in the first quarter.  But we stepped up and made shots.  We got great minutes out of our bench tonight.”
    Central got points from four players in the third quarter as their lead grew to 48-23 after three quarters.
    “We talked about getting off to a good start and I think we did that tonight,” added Shubert.  “We started with a zone to keep Hill covered and he still hit some shots.  But I thought we guarded him well as a whole.”
    Simon Thomas added five more points in the frame while Bradon Thomas came off the bench with six points.  Hill had five more points for BHS.
    The Cougars sealed the win with a 20-point fourth quarter behind 10 points from Jansen and a 3-pointer from Kampwerth.
    Central got a career-high 16 points from Jansen on 4-of-5 from the floor and 5-of-6 from the line.

BookThat’s 20 — Central sophomore guard Chloe Book dribbles the baseline for the Cougars who won their 20th-straight Cahokia Conference game last Thursday with a 9-point victory over Columbia. Book led the way with 14 points for the Cougars. (Photo by Jeremy Chawgo)    The Central Cougars girls basketball team picked up a strong Cahokia-Conference road victory last Thursday when they cooled off Columbia with a valiant second-half effort.
    The Cougars hit just five of their first 19 shots in the game as they hit just 26 percent in the first half with their senior point guard Ally Fehrmann missing time with foul trouble in the second quarter.
    The Cougars trailed at the half 23-13 before catching fire in the third quarter and emerging with a 44-35 victory.
    “We just did not have much flow in the first half,” said Central head coach Nathan Rueter.  “We needed someone to step up in the second half and the girls did that.”
    The Cougars went to work with a 19-point effort in the third quarter which included a 10-0 run and a 14-3 run to start the frame as they grabbed the lead 27-26.
    The roles were reversed in the second half as Columbia managed just three of 18 from the floor over the final 16 minutes.
    Central hit for 8-of-15 from the floor in the third quarter as they outscored the Eagles 19-3.
    Central sophomore Chloe Book led the Cougars with 14 points, a dozen of those coming in the second half. 
    Fellow sophomore Miah Weems added 12 points and seven assists in the win for the Cougars while Ella Jansen contributed 11 points and nine rebounds.
    “The girls stepped up on both sides of the floor,” added Rueter.  “We started in a zone defense in the first half and Columbia executed.  We switched to a man-to-man in the second half and that was the difference.”
    Columbia senior Sophia Bonaldi led the Eagles with 14 points while fellow senior Aryn Henke added 13 points and seven boards.
    The conference win for the Cougars was their 20th straight in league play with their past loss coming to Columbia on Jan. 12, 2017.
    Central is now 11-9 overall and 7-0 in conference play.  They are participating in the Highland Tournament this week.

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