QND at Bloomington Central Catholic Shootout
When: 11 a.m. Monday and 4 p.m. Monday.
Where: Cvengros Gymnasium.
Records: Farmington--16-4. Williamsville--16-2. QND--9-5.
Radio: WGEM 105.1 FM, WTAD 930 AM/103.3 FM
Extra points: The Raiders will play Farmington first and Williamsville later in the afternoon, but the snow that forced postponement of the games from Saturday to Monday cost QND a chance to play Bloomington Central Catholic. Farmington has won its last three games without Jarod DePriest, a 6-foot-4, 280-pound senior averaging 8.2 points and 5 rebounds. He signed on Jan. 8 his letter of intent to play football at South Dakota State, and later that day against Bushnell-Prairie City, he tore his ACL and is out for the season. "My heart just sank," Farmers coach Jeff Otto said. Junior Jaden Rutledge is the team's leading scorer at 12 ppg. Junior Ben Martin stepped into the starting lineup and is averaging 10 ppg. Junior point guard Dalton Powell has been out of the lineup with an ankle injury since the start of January, but he could be available on Monday. Freshman Corbin Rutledge has played well in Powell's absence. The Farmers allow just 41.3 points per game, and Otto says the Farmers like to play full-court man-to-man defense.
Williamsville lost plenty of scoring punch from last year's 24-4 team, but it won its first 11 games before losing to Tremont in the finals of the Williamsville Holiday Tournament and to Pleasant Plains in the finals of the Sangamon County Tournament. The Bullets beat Pleasant Plains in overtime earlier this season, and the Cardinals will be QND's opponent at the Riverton Shootout in early February. Scott O'Conner, a 6-3 senior, leads the Bullets at 11.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, and he's shooting 71 percent from the field. Griffin Keebler, a 5-10 senior, averages 11.9 points, 5.7 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game. Seniors Hayden Moore and Ryan Nevill, as well as junior Wyatt Peek, all average between 8 and 9 points per game. Nick Beard is in his sixth season as the Bullets' coach.
-- David Adam