Warriors Obliterate Musketeers in Final Week of Season


Nolan Cowell, Staff Writer

On Tuesday evening, the Steeleville Warriors traveled to Red Bud as the Musketeers looked to even up the season series at 1 win apiece. The Musketeers were optimistic entering the game, considering their loss to the Warriors earlier in the season was only by a small margin. Red Bud hopped out to a quick lead in the first, as the Musketeers were moving the ball well and found Austin Grohmann on the wing for a two-point jumper. Red Bud struggled in the turnovers column early on, tallying 4 team turnovers within the first 3:30. Steeleville made the Musketeers pay for their turnover mistakes, as they went on a 12 point run to take a 12-2 lead. Wyatt Cowell and Mason Ferrell teamed up late in the first for 6 points in the post and 2 free throws. Steeleville’s offense kept chugging along as junior Lane Lazenby tipped in a buzzer-beater to make the Warrior lead 20-10 entering the second quarter. Both teams were letting the 3 ball fly in the second quarter, with Nick Fehr connecting on two from behind the arc. Games lead scorer Lane Lazenby also connected on two three-pointers, with Carter Wasson contributing a three-ball of his own. Parker VanDorn and Wyatt Cowell both scored second chance buckets off of offensive rebounds, but it was Steeleville with the 34-22 lead at the half. Red Bud’s offense went cold in the second half, scoring only 10 points total in the 3rd and 4th quarters. The turnovers for the Musketeers once again were their downfall, as Steeleville capitalized on almost every opportunity they were given. By the end of the third, the Warriors held a 30 point lead over the struggling Musketeers. A running clock and a monster throwdown dunk by Reid Harris sealed the Musketeer’s fate for the evening, as Steeleville won by a final score of 71-32. Red Bud will square off against New Athens on Thursday evening for their final home game of the 2021 season.