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Central easily beats Hilltoppers

Varsity vs La Crosse Central HS on 2/3/2009
Posted Wednesday, February 04, 2009 by Jake Merrill

La Crosse Tribune Article   By TODD SOMMERFELDT

Louis McGuire had to make quite a transition for his junior season with the Central High School boys basketball team.

As a sophomore, he was a 5-foot-10 or 5-11 guard. As a junior, he’s a 6-3 forward who plays more like a post.

His progress in this change was on display for all to see Tuesday night at Chuck Deeth Fieldhouse in Onalaska.

That’s where McGuire’s 12 points, three offensive rebounds and physical play helped the Red Raiders to a 57-40 MVC victory over the Hilltoppers.

“He is the perfect example of what it means to be a team player,” Central coach Todd Fergot said of McGuire. “He does anything we ask him to do.”

McGuire, who also had three steals, and juniors Bobby Juan and Jason Hengel were asked to be physical with Onalaska, and were.

That helped the Red Raiders (10-4, 6-2) avenge a Jan. 12 loss to the Hilltoppers and take over second place in the MVC.

“I feel really good about playing a big role for my team today,” said McGuire, who scored eight points in the second quarter and turned two of his three offensive boards into baskets. “We talked about being physical, and we were.”

The Red Raiders kept the Hilltoppers out of the lane much more effectively than they did in the first game and buried them by halftime.

Central shot 66.7 percent (8-for-12) from the floor and outscored Onalaska 23-4 in the second quarter for a 35-14 halftime lead.

McGuire made three baskets and two free throws in the second quarter, and one of his steals led to one of those hoops.

He also had a fourth-quarter steal lead to a layup by Juan, who had 12 points.

“He was strong, aggressive and getting to all the loose balls he could,” Juan said of McGuire. “He also made a couple of tough shots with guys all over him.”

Onalaska (6-8, 4-4) had a tough night offensively and went through a scoring drought of 8 minutes, 3 seconds from the middle of the second quarter until the middle of the third.

“One key to this game was winning the hustle points,” Onalaska coach Craig Kowal said. “They dominated us in every aspect from that standpoint.”



Central 12 23 7 15 — 57

Onalaska 10 4 9 17 — 40

CENTRAL (10-4, 6-2): Juan 12, Hengel 10, Dobbs 2, McGuire 12, Ledvina 12, Korger 5, Schultz 2, Hammes 2.

ONALASKA (6-8, 4-4): Arenz 4, Klos 3, Price 16, Liu 11, Socha 2, Adams 2, Smaby 2.

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