ROGERSVILLE, Mo. -- Between Chadwick and Hurley this season, they had played each other twice before Tuesday's tournament match up and both times Chadwick had won. In the Class 1 District 4 semi-final game however, Hurley changed Chadwick's winning trend with a 74-52 victory.
Hurley got off to a quick start, beginning the game on a 15-3 run. The Tigers' offense was clicking on all cylinders, and their defense was playing solid.
"That was key. The last two times we played Chadwick we got off to a slow start and we knew to beta them we would have to start quick," Hurley head coach Terry Mitchell said.
Juniors Tyler Simpson and Jalyn Wilson were shooting and scoring lights out the entire game, always keeping their team ahead by close to double-digits if not more.
"The early start gave us the jump that we needed and it helped us to stay focused," Simpson said.
During the last half of the second quarter of the game, Hurley went on a furious run that took their lead from seven, to seventeen heading into halftime.
Chadwick's leading scorer and top overall player senior Dakota Johnson was held in check during the first half, mainly die to foul trouble. Johnson picked up his third personal foul just one minute into the second quarter, so his playing time was limited.
So when Johnson was out, Chadwick had no offensive rhythm since he is there go-to guy, and they don’t have a consistent second scoring option. Also with him and his big six foot four inch frame missing on defense, Hurley senior Josh Flood was able to have his way with Chadwick in the paint.
"When he (Johnson) is out of the game we struggle to score," Chadwick head coach Scott Payne said. "Defensively, when he came out that is when Flood really started hurting us."
Flood lead all scorers in the game with 25 points, all of them coming near or around the paint plus a few trips to the free throw line. The Cardinals had no answer for the big man inside and stopping his post game.
"I told my team at halftime though Chadwick is the four time district champions. I knew we would have to play even harder in the second half then we did in the first half. And Chadwick never gave up in the game," Mitchell said.
Chadwick came out with much more intensity in the second half than they did in the first half, but could barely chip into the Tigers' large lead.
"They jumped out to that 8-0 lead, up 17 at halftime, and we just dug our own hole. We fought to the end but tonight Hurley was more aggressive and it just seemed they wanted to win more than us," Payne said.
Though it wasn’t easy closing out the Cardinals, Hurley did eventually prevail and earned their spot in the championship game.
They will be facing the number one seed Verona, who defeated Lutie by 32 to get their spot, on March 1 to keep their season alive and hopefully continue to advance in the state playoffs.
"This is amazing. It is an amazing feeling to get revenge but we have to focus and get ready for Verona," Simpson said.
Scoring for Hurley: Josh Flood 25, Jacob McClendon 15, Jayln Wilson 10, Tyler Simpson 13, TJ Gold 6
Scoring for Chadwick: Dakota Johnson 11, Robert Cook 11, Luke Johnson 10, Mike Sutcliffe 7, Nick Thompson 5, John Blair 4, Kevin Daugherty 2, Logan Petro 2