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By David Sharp
Green City (15-6, ranked eighth in Missouri Boys Class 1) responded to a La Plata Tournament upset loss to the Kirksville JV with a solid performance and a 57-42 win at Schuyler County. The February 3, 2022 contest at Queen City was one of several area high school basketball games rescheduled after the La Plata Tournament was forced to cancel their final two rounds after a snow storm and below zero weather system bombarded the area.
Green City got out of the gate strong. The Gophers led by as many as 20 points in the second quarter. Aaron Peavler buried a Gopher three ball for a 32-12 lead with 3:45 to play in the second period.
Schuyler County (8-10) continued to show improvement, fighting back within a 37-34 deficit with 4:04 to play in the third period.
Green City led 37-23 at the half. The Rams roared back with a 22-5 run. Five different Schuyler County boys scored during the outburst. Trevyn Small capped the run, cashing in a Green City turnover.
Schuyler County missed key free throws that could have pulled the Rams closer yet. Asher Buggs-Tipton snapped the Schuyler County streak with a Green City bucket for a 39-34 lead with 3:10 to play in the third quarter. Schuyler County outscored Green City 16-6 in the third period for a 43-39 Gopher lead heading to the fourth quarter.
Aaron Peavler helped the Gophers crack off a 10-6 run to a 49-40 lead with 4:10 to play in the game. Junior Aaron Peavler scored the 1000th point of his Green City High School career during the first half.
Senior Laydon Fields tossed in a free throw with 1:15 to play in the game for a 51-42 Green City lead. The free throw was Laydon Fields’ 1500th career point.
Green City closed the game on a 14-3 run to the 57- 42 victory. “We had a good half of the third quarter,” Schuyler County coach Chris Prewitt said. “We would like to put it all together and see what we could do.”
“We came out and went on a 16-6 run in the third quarter. That got us right back where we needed to be,” Chris Prewitt said. “I think maybe we ran out of gas. The hardest part for us is to finish contested shots.”
“I think they have a ton of talented athletes over there. They made it hard for us to finish at the rim,” Coach Prewitt said of defending Class 1 Sectional Champion Green City.
“We had those looks, but we just couldn’t put them in now and then,” Chris Prewitt said. “That hurt us at the end. We battled. We have just to find a way to get it all together.
Schuyler County had their own scoring milestone the next night at Canton. The Rams announced on social media that Trevyn Small scored his 1000th point on Friday, February 4, 2022 at Canton.
Kale Windy led Schuyler County with 13 points against Green City. Trevyn Small scored 12 points. Cooper Amen fired in seven points. Connor Smith and Ryan Farris scored four Ram points each. Noah Newland added two Schuyler County points.
“We had our typical third quarter,” Green City coach Donnie Fields said. “We were lazy on defense. We couldn’t hit anything. They just came right at us. They were fired up and ready to go.”
“The first half, we came out with a sense of urgency after the last game we played,” Donnie Fields said. “We had some discussions yesterday and kind of got in the right frame of mind.”
“We came out and looked as good as we have. Schuyler (County) is no pushover. They are a good team,” Donnie Fields said. “We were up 14 at half. I think we just came out a little relaxed. They were ready to go in the third (quarter).”
“We hit some free throws and pushed it back up in the fourth. We played pretty good in the fourth. That state ranking just motivates other teams,” Coach Fields said. “We have had it all year.”
“I’m glad we bounced back tonight. I think we scheduled this around noon today. It worked,” Donnie Fields said. “We have got to find another one next week.”
Aaron Peavler led Green City with a game high 19 points. Asher Buggs-Tipton scored 17 Gopher points. Laydon Fields tossed in nine points. Grant O’Haver scored five points. Payton Balfany scored three points. Kaden Hatcher and Xander Salas added two Green City points each.
Aaron Peavler talked to the Milan Standard about reaching the 1000 point plateau. “We were kind of winded coming out in the third quarter from the game we had in the first two quarters,” Aaron Peavler said of the Green City win at Schuyler County.
“We just tried to come out and slow them down as much as we could. We caught our breath for the fourth quarter and came out ready to go. We had lost a couple earlier. We knew we had to come out and play hard to win this game,” Aaron Peavler said.
“I was counting in my head,” Aaron Peavler said of scoring his 1000th career point. “When I scored the point, I saw people going crazy. To be one of those guys. It’s pretty great.”
“This means a lot,” Laydon Fields said of reaching the 1500 point plateau. “With as many guys as we have scoring, I’m lucky to get this. I’m going to celebrate my best friend getting his 1000th point. It’s just amazing.”