Hot shooting, Schwarting hurt Kelly in road loss to Saxony Lutheran Tuesday

Saxony Lutheran's Andrew Schwarting tries to score over a pair of Kelly defenders, on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, at Saxony Lutheran High School, in Jackson, Mo.
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JACKSON, Mo. — Andrew Schwarting made his presence felt against Kelly on Tuesday night.

The 6-6, long-armed senior finished with a game-high 35 points and shot a healthy percentage from the floor, as the Crusaders defeated the Hawks, 74-55, at Saxony Lutheran High School.

Typically a 20-point scorer, Schwarting, had other plans on this particular night.

A perfect 7 of 7 from the floor in the first half, Schwarting scored 11 of his team’s 13 points in the first quarter.

He started by putting the Crusaders on-the-board with a three-pointer from the left corner, and on the very next possession, nailed another perimeter jumper from the right corner.

Fouling him wasn’t a smart decision, either, as the senior hit all five of his free-throw attempts on the night as well.

Trailing by two points, at 13-11, after the first, it didn’t get much better for Kelly (11-8)

Saxony Lutheran (8-11) outscored the Hawks 28-19 in the second quarter to push it’s lead to double-figures heading into the break.

Schwarting had nine points in the second period, while senior Jack Foeste had 10. Foeste attempted two three-pointers for the game, both in the second frame, and made both of them as well.

Overall, the Crusaders finished the first half blistering hot. They shot 15 of 19 (79%) from the floor to lead 41-30.

“We didn’t guard anybody,” a frustrated Fred Johnson said. “We’ve done well the last few games, and I’ve been very happy, but tonight we didn’t guard anybody, we didn’t run the offense. That’s my fault, so we’ll go back and get this mess fixed.

“When you’re down in a defensive stance, but you’re not moving your feet, that’s good offense for them. That’s bad defense for us. We didn’t play well. We didn’t do the things that we’ve been working on.”

Overall, Saxony Lutheran shot 28 of 42 (67%) from the floor.

Even though Schwarting did the bulk of the scoring, he did have help. Foeste finished with 15 points, while Ethan Koenig added 12, and were the other two Crusaders to reach double-figures.

“We were hitting shots,” said Saxony Lutheran head coach Justin Callahan on his team’s efficient night from the floor. “We did a nice job of executing, and they were playing some zone on us, and we just attacked it. We got up 20, then we started getting a little careless, and they made a little run at us. Second half, we came out and just kept playing.”

Despite not having their strongest night on both ends of the court, Kelly did make the game interesting toward the end of the first half.

Trailing by 13 points, sophomore Gavin Jansen stole the ball and finished at the other end, to end the first half with some momentum.

Jansen finished with four steals. He also had 13 points, on 3 of 11 shooting, and added eight rebounds.

Bryce Morgan led the Hawks with 19 points. He shot 6 of 11 from the floor (5 of 9 from three) and added seven rebounds.

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KELLY (55) — Bryce Morgan 19, Gavin Jansen 13, Joel McClain 9, Devin Heuring 5, Drew Dirnberger 5, Jay Noon 1, Chase Gray 1. FG 14, FT 17-23, F 18. (3-pointers: Morgan 5, McClain 2, Dirnberger. Fouled out: Dirnberger, Noon)

SAXONY (74) — Andrew Schwarting 35, Jack Foeste 15, Ethan Koenig 12, Mason Dunn 3, Tysen Miller 3, Luke Bartens 2, Koby Drury 2, Logan Pruitt 2. FG 28, FT 11-17, F 21. (3-pointers: Schwarting 4, Foeste 2, Dunn. Fouled out: Drury)

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