Redbirds fall to Teutopolis in tough game

By Robby Tucker rtucker@prairiepress.net
Posted 1/23/23

By Robby Tucker

rtucker@prairiepress.net

As the month of January begins to wind down, so does IESA junior high basketball.

Seventh and eighth grade Mayo Redbird squads closed out the regular …

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Redbirds fall to Teutopolis in tough game

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By Robby Tucker

rtucker@prairiepress.net

As the month of January begins to wind down, so does IESA junior high basketball.

Seventh and eighth grade Mayo Redbird squads closed out the regular season with games against Newton and Teutopolis this past week.

Teutopolis 45, Mayo 18

After capping off their eighth-grade night with an exhilarating win, the Redbirds travelled to Teutopolis Thursday  to try to spoil the home team’s festivities.

Despite a competitive and physical first quarter, Mayo fell prey to the Wooden Shoes’ smothering zone trap.

The Redbirds made a strong case for themselves early in regulation, attacking the rim and earning trips to the foul line. While they struggled from the field for most of the first quarter, a deep Ethan Brown three and a quick two from Mason Barrett lifted the Redbirds to within two possessions of the Shoes  15-10.

Unfortunately, Mayo would be held to just one basket for the next two periods of play. Teutopolis’ full-court pressure stifled the Redbirds. Defensively, Mayo gave up a quick seven-point swing before the half.

The Shoes continued to roll after the break, knocking in a string of outside shots and bruising buckets in the paint.

Before long, Teutopolis had secured a 45-18 win over the Redbirds.

For Mayo, Logan Ludington led the charge on offense with four points. Brown, Barrett, Dawson Rodgers and Kipton Bradford all finished with three, while Camden Yantis chipped in two points of his own.

Teutopolis 46, Mayo 15

The seventh-grade contingent of the Redbird basketball program continued to struggle on Thursday evening, falling prey to a lengthy and quick Teutopolis team.

The Shoes wasted no time seizing the lead. Teutopolis attacked Mayo’s three-two zone and knocked down perimeter shots.

The Redbirds struggled offensively, unsure of how to attack the Shoes’ half-court trap. Jayton Boling picked up three second-quarter points for Mayo, but the visitors still trailed Teutopolis 9-26 when they entered the locker room.

While the Redbirds battled in the second half, the Shoes continued to assert their authority on both ends of the court. Teutopolis only allowed two field goals and forced 13 turnovers in the second half.

After 24 minutes of action, the Wooden Shoes emerged with a 46-15 victory over the Redbirds.

Mayo’s Levi Bartley led his team in scoring with four points. Boling and Jack Sabens finished with three apiece, while Skyler Thomlinson and Jet Ray each tallied two. Myles Dalbey rounded out the Redbird scoring with one point.

Mayo will hope to correct course this morning when they open regional play in Red Hill.

Eighth – Mayo 32, Jasper County 26

For Mayo’s eighth grade basketball squad, Tuesday, Jan. 17 marked the last time they would lace up on their home court. After some pre-game festivities, Mayo hosted the Jasper County Eagles in a nail-biting upset victory where every Redbird saw crucial minutes.

While the final score favored the Redbirds, Jasper County was at the helm in the first half. A trio of Eagles combined for five threes before the break. Despite Jasper County’s bombardment, the Redbirds remained within striking distance leading up to the break.

Mayo’s zone defense proved nearly impenetrable for Jasper County’s frontcourt. Five points from Mayo’s Mason Barrett and four from Kipton Bradford, contributed to a 12-17 tally at the half.

Bradford carried the Redbird offense in the third quarter, recording nine of his team-high 13 points in the period. Jasper County continued to struggle against Mayo’s three-two scheme, scoring only five points before the fourth quarter.

Mayo trailed 21-22 to start the final period of play. As Jasper County’s offense continued to stall, the Redbirds made their run.

Dawson Rodgers reached the rim at will, tallying nine points in the final period of play. Four of Rodgers’ points came at the free throw line.

As the clock continued to tick the Eagles began to foul, but it was ultimately too little, too late for the visitors. Mayo had completed the comeback, winning at a score of 32-26.

Bradford fell just shy of a triple-double, collecting 13 points, 11 rebounds, and seven steals. Rodgers followed close behind with 11 points of his own. Barrett and Ethan Brown recorded five and three points on the night, respectively.

Seventh – Jasper County 37, Mayo 21

Mayo’s seventh grade boys’ basketball team closed out their home schedule on Tuesday, Jan. 18 against the Jasper County Eagles. A hot start for the Eagles and some offensive miscues from the Redbirds led to a comfortable 37-21 win for Jasper County.

From the tip, the Eagles’ size and speed overwhelmed the Redbirds, who struggled to minimize their turnovers. After one quarter of play, the Eagles led 16-2.

Mayo’s woes continued at both ends of the court as Jasper County extended its lead, entering the locker room with a 20-point cushion.

Jack Sabens took matters into his own hands in the third quarter, knocking down a pair of threes to kickstart the Redbird offense. Still, the Eagles maintained their lead.

As subs began to filter onto the court, Kaiden Culpepper, Jet Ray and Ty Rhodes took command of the offense, accounting for all the Redbirds’ fourth-quarter scoring. Sadly, their effort could not overcome the Eagles’ lead. Jasper County eventually took the first game of the evening 37-21.

For the Redbirds, Sabens’ six points led the way offensively. Rhodes and Levi Bartley finished with four apiece, while Culpepper tallied three. Ray and Jayton Boling each recorded two points on the night.