LOCUST GROVE —
Locust Grove beat Westville 58-41 Thursday in the semifinals of the Bank of Locust Grove Invitational.
The Pirates won thanks to an early start, allowing Westville only five points in the first period.
Five different Pirate players had at least one steal.
The young Locust Grove squad stepped up, while senior leading scorer David Stone has been struggling. Stone was elbowed in the face in the first half and Head Coach Ronnie Maple said Stone was not seeing clearly in the second.
However, Maple was impressed with how his team reacted in the situation.
“When David Stone scores three points and we win by close to twenty, it was a pretty good job by the surrounding cast,” Maple said. “I thought Tyler Rowland really played well, Taylor Halpain stepped up and made four threes. Reed Bryant I thought played really well and Colton Pike played really well.”
Halpain led the Pirates in scoring with 13 points, ten of which came in the final period. Halpain made three shots from well beyond the arc in the fourth period and ended the game with four-three pointers.
Bryant scored 12 and grabbed 18 rebounds for a double-double.
Sophomores Tyler Rowland and Pike combined for 21 points (Rowland scored eleven and Pike scored ten).
The Pirates play Ketchum for the championship at 8:30 p.m., Saturday.
Ketchum enters the matchup with a 15-0 record on the line.
Maple thinks highly of his opponent.
“I’ve scouted them twice and I think they’re a pretty good basketball team, but we’re going to go out there Saturday and see how we do,” Maple said.
Locust Grove looks to win the tournament after falling short in the finals last season.