Nevada boys blast Girard
By Jason Peake
Daily Mail Sports Editor
NEVADA -- Nevada's swarming defense and hot shooting led to a dominating 66-32 win over Girard (Kan.) on Monday night.
The Tigers led by double digits right from the start and pushed the lead to 26 by halftime en route to the lopsided victory.
"I don't know the last time we played as well as we did tonight on both ends of the floor," Nevada Coach John McNeley said. "I'd have to go back a great number of years. And this is exactly what we needed because we dictated things on both ends."
The Tigers knocked down high-percentage shots from the floor again and again, while pressuring the Trojans into 21 turnovers for the game.
McNeley said Girard is no pushover, either.
"This is a Girard team that only lost to Pittsburg by eight," he said. "Pittsburg just beat Fort Scott, and Fort Scott won the Willard Tournament. Girard is a much-improved basketball team from what they were last year."
McNeley noted his team's defense was the key to victory.
"We guarded hard early," McNeley said. "And it all started with effort. We communicated well and switched on screens well. And if you can do that, it makes it hard on the opposition."
Sophomore guard Lane Ketterman led a balanced attack for the Tigers with 12 points.
"That's the best I've seen Ketterman play," McNeley commented. "He gets after it defensively and he can knock down shots."
Everyone got into the act for Nevada. Isaiah Colopy scored nine, Cory Kerbs totaled eight, while Silas Smith scored seven. Drew Bryson, Alex Payne and Joseph Ferry all scored six points apiece, while Nathan Colopy added five and Bubba Banes had four. Austin Herdliska rounded out the scoring with three.
"We got a lot of contributions from a lot of people," McNeley said.
The Tigers raced out to a 10-0 lead right away. An 19-2 run in the second quarter pushed the lead to 36-9.
Nevada's advantage reached 30 points in the third quarter. There was a running clock for a lot of the fourth quarter.
Now 3-3, Nevada is now off until next Monday, when the Tigers begin play at the Harrisonville tourney.
Notes: Nevada's Grant Wolfe went down hard after trying to take a charge. McNeley said Wolfe had some concussion-like symptoms after hitting his head.
Nevada's JV team won 71-42. The NHS freshmen also won.
Nevada 66, Girard 32
GI 7 4 15 6 -- 32
NE 17 20 16 13 -- 66
Nevada: Kerbs 8, Ketterman 12, I. Colopy 9, N. Colopy 5, Bryson 6, Banes 4, Herdliska 3, Smith 7, Ferry 6, Payne 6, Wolfe 0. Totals 20 (4) 14-18 66. Three-pointers: Ferry 2, Smith 1, Herdliska 1, Nathan Colopy 1. Fouls 12. Rebounds 29 (Banes 7). Turnovers 11.
Girard: Alters 12, Stolte 2, Walsh 7, Peak 2, Murdock 4, Grilz 5. Totals 12 (2) 2-5 32. Fouls 16. Turnovers 21.
JV: Nevada won 71-42.