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Knights take down Mascoutah, Robinson

By Anthony Jones

TROY — Triad’s trip to Mascoutah on Dec. 19 was a less than stellar representation of the Knights.

In that early season Mississippi Valley Conference test, Triad suffered a sluggish first half to fall behind 35-11 before taking a 49-28 defeat. Their total of 28 points remains tied for the lowest in the five seasons with Coach Jeff Guidry at the helm of the program.

The Knights had their long-awaited shot to avenge that loss last week when they hosted the Indians on Feb. 9.

In sharp contrast to their first meeting that saw Mascoutah take a 20-6 lead after one quarter, Triad held a 5-2 lead after the first period of play. 

The home team netted the first three field goals of the second quarter, including a pair of triples from Owen Droy, to extend their advantage to 13-4. Mascoutah responded with a 14-3 run to take their first lead of the day before a Drew Winslow basket sent Triad to the break with a 19-18 advantage.

Across the third period, the Indian offense was hushed once again as they managed just four points across the eight minute period. Ten points from the Knights extended their lead to a 29-22 margin.

The 17-10 and conference leading Indians would not go quietly however.

With a 7-0 run that extended over the first five minutes of the final period, they knotted the score at 29-29.

It would take six minutes and 18 seconds into the fourth for the Knights to score again, when Donny Becker sank a contested jumper to go ahead 31-29. The senior scored in the same fashion on Triad’s next possession to go ahead 33-29.

With some late free throws from Tyler Thompson and Droy, the Knights would go on to win by a final of 37-31.

Droy, who led Triad with 10 points in the win, gave meaning to the victory, “We always want to beat them and we had to get the win. This was a big step to get to 20 wins on the season and the team wants it.”

Droy, alongside Lane Mahnesmith, Landon Zawodniak and Becker, was honored throughout the evening for senior night.

“I’m really proud of this group and the work they put in. They’re all multi-sport athletes and they’ve remained dedicated to this team,” Coach Guidry spoke of his squad’s four seniors.

The following day, Triad improved to 19-10 overall with a 66-39 victory over Robinson at Teutopolis.

With 14 points, Zawodniak led the Knights’ balanced attack. Winslow and Becker both scored 11 in the win.

Last week also included the release of IHSA postseason brackets.

Triad, who earned a fourth-seed, earned a matchup with seventh-seeded Civic Memorial. That regional semifinal is set for 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 21 at Jersey.

The Knights and Eagles have already met thrice this season, with Triad winning the first two meetings by double digits. Civic Memorial won the most recent bout, when they earned a 47-46 upset on a buzzer beating triple.

With a win, the Knights would advance to the Jersey Regional final on Feb. 23. There, they will meet the winner of top-ranked East St. Louis and eighth-seeded Jersey.

Slicing towards the hoop, Ethan Stewart penetrates Mascoutah’s defense. (Photo by Anthony Jones)


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