“Captain” Morgan McLeod led the charge Friday for the St. Stephens Indians. McLeod scored a game-high 24 points in the Indians’ 52-40 win at Bunker Hill in the first game of the 13th annual Bob Carraway Coaches vs. Cancer event.
“We had a game plan set, and we saw the big man go down,” St. Stephens assistant coach Randy Dillingham said. “We were joking and said when Morgan was a freshman, he didn’t make the team. He doesn’t have much athletic ability, but he busts his tail and that’s what he does.“
Indians forward Harrison Bowne left the game in the first half with a reported concussion after taking a hard hit and falling to the floor. A teammate and assistant coach helped Bowne walk off the floor on weak legs, and he was transported to the hospital by ambulance wearing a neck brace.
At last report, the senior underwent a precautionary CAT scan at the hospital.
“This game and this rivalry, it is intense,” Bunker Hill coach Matt Wilkinson said. “It is intense and both teams left everything out on the floor.”
Quae McCathern contributed 12 points in the Indians’ win.
The Indians led 25-17 at halftime after a slow first half, and the Bears never got closer than six points the rest of the game.
Bunker Hill struggled at home controlling the ball, and the Bears committed 32 turnovers in the loss.
“A lot of issues come from a lack of execution,” Wilkinson said. “I don’t think I could ask the players to play better defense. If we have that many turnovers and have an opportunity to win, we are doing it on defense.”
St. Stephens turned the ball over 23 times in the win.
Bunker Hill’s Jeremy Null didn’t help much in the game. Null picked up two fouls in the first 52 seconds of the game, and he had three by halftime. His was called for his fourth less than three minutes into the second half.
Despite the foul trouble, Null finished with a team-high 10 points.
Randy Joines earned his first win at Bunker Hill on Friday with a 53-46 win over the St. Stephens Indians. The Bears led 15-6 after the first quarter, but the Indians tied the game at 25 by halftime.
The Bears, who had three players in double figures, outscored the Indians by seven in the second half to earn their first win of the season. Haley Null led Bunker Hill with 13 points, Margaret Conner had 12, and Sarah Brown contributed 11.
St. Stephens’ Lauren Simmons scored a game-high 24 points.