State Finals: Morristown vs. Southwood

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Posted On: 03/24/18 11:22 AM

Both teams came out hot in the early going racing to 38 combined points. Southwood looked great in the early going behind seven quick points by senior guard Peyton Trexler opening up a 5-point lead for Southwood with 6:02 remaining in the first quarter. That lead didn’t last long as Morristown senior guard Eli Streeval caught fire banging home a couple of threes and getting to the rim. Morristown leading scorer Hayden Langkabel struggled in the first half going just 2/10 from the floor for four points.

Southwood started smooth but in the second quarter hit a bit of a rut. They didn’t sub anyone out til the end of the half and we could see them getting tired. They weren’t getting back on defense and Morristown was pushing the pace to take a 38-27 halftime lead.

Morristown jumped all over Southwood in the second half. They ran and ran and it wasn’t even close with Morristown winning the 1A State Championship in easy fashion 89-60.

Best Offensive Player: Eli Streeval (Morristown)

Streeval played great on the offensive end for Morristown, especially early on in the game. He had 16 points at the half on 7/8 shooting from the floor. He kept it going in the second half spacing for his teammates and running his lanes. In the second half, he really turned it on and made some huge shots. With Langkabel not playing well, Streeval had to step up and he did in the biggest and last game of his career. He set a career high with 35 points on 14/18 from the floor.

Best Defensive Player: Dallas Holmes (Southwood)

Holmes is a tall wing who can really get after it on the offensive end but in this one he played well on the defensive end. He finished the game with a couple blocks and steals. He rebounded the ball really well on the defensive glass and was solid on the backside of the zone.  He pulled in a few tough defensive rebounds and deflected a ton of balls.

Biggest Surprise: Southwood’s lack of subs

Southwood only played one sub throughout the game with four of their starters playing the entire game. This led to Southwood getting very tired early on in the first half. The lack of subs led to easy run outs by Morristown which put the game away early in the second half. Southwood probably could have put in some subs from time to time in order to get their starters some rest, but they didn’t. It was very obvious that this affected them mightily.

Top Performers: 


Eli Streeval – 35 points (14/18 FG)

Logan Laster – 24 points (9/14 FG), 13 rebounds, 10 assists

Hayden Langkabel – 16 points, 14 rebounds

Trevon Carlton – 12 points, 6 rebounds


Peyton Trexler – 18 points (8/14 FG), 7 assists

Matt Nose – 12 points

Dallas Holmes – 10 points, 8 rebounds


Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Final
Morristown 21 38 65 89
Southwood 17 29 47 60