ROUNDUP: Woods men continue run atop River States; SMWC women sweep IU East

Feb. 9—Cobie Barnes had 20 of his career-high 34 points in the second half Thursday and Greg Johnson chipped in 15 during a huge second half to lift Saint Mary-of-the-Woods to a 87-72 victory against visiting Indiana University East.

SMWC (18-5, 12-1 RSC) trailed by a 35-32 score after the first half, but rebounded in a big way in the second half, maintaining its hold on first place in the River States Conference.

Barnes evened the score by the 15:38 mark of the second half wit ha 3-point play, but the Pomeroys didn't take control for several more minutes.

DaMeriz Merriweather came up with a steal and layup to put SMWC ahead 49-49 with 11:48 to go. That play sparked a 12-3 run by the Pomeroys. Johnson hit three 3-pointers during the run, while Barnes converted a bucket in the lane.

"It's on my teammates. Cobie Barnes is a big part of what we do here at SMWC. So them just uplifting me in the second half and coach [Jesse McClung] is just telling me 'keep shooting it,'" Johnson said.

While the Pomeroys aren't known for their prolific 3-point shooting, SMWC is 25 of 55 (45.4 percent) over the past three games.

"We've got some big hitters. Me, Tarik and DaMeriz, when we get going, it's hard for teams to beat us," Johnson said.

The Pomeroys are set to take on IU Kokomo (18-5, 8-5 RSC) in a big game Saturday at home.

"Day-by-day. We know it's going to be a tough matchup. We just keep trusting eachother and believing in our coaches, we always think we're going to come out on top," Johnson added.

In women's college basketball:

—Woods sweeps IU East — At Richmond, the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods women's basketball team held off a fourth-quarter rally by Indiana University East on Thursday, picking up a 73-68 victory.

The Pomeroys improved to 14-9 overall and 9-4 in the River States Conference to set a school record with their ninth RSC win. They also beat IU East 87-66 on Dec. 2.

Irye Gomez had eight of the team's 22 points in the first quarter as SWMC grabbed a 22-13 lead. IU East rallied in the second quarter, however. The Red Wolves pulled within 28-27 with 3:38 to go in the first half, but freshman Talyssa Moody buried a 3-pointer for a 31-27 lead for SMWC.

The Pomeroys finished the first half on a 7-0 run. Gomez connected for a 3-pointer and Destiny Thomas and Madison Fueger scrored to put the Pomeroys ahead 38-29.

The Pomeroys made it eight more unanswered points to start the second half as Brooklynn Jones scored six in the first two minutes to put SMWC ahead 46-29.

With the Red Wolves making a run in the fourth quarter to pull within 57-49 with 6:20 to go, Moody came up with another big 3-pointer.

Brooklynn Jones led the way for SMWC with 20 points and six assissts. Madison Fueger added 16 points, three steals and two blocked shots. Irye Gomez chipped in 15 points. Allyson Hardiek had a team-high nine rebounds, chipping in two steals and a blocked shots.

SMWC plays host to IU Kokomo at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Girls basketball

—Paris 52, Altamont 42 — At Altamont, Ill., Taylor Clark scored 16 points Thursday night to lead Paris to its 19th victory of the high school girls basketball season against a host team that had lost just five games previously.

The Tigers (19-11) also got 12 points from Macy Bicknell and 10 from Graci Watson. Bicknell and Watson both hit two 3-pointers.

Paris trailed 11-8 at the end of the first quarter, then roared back to take a 28-19 halftime lead, which proved decisive.

Grace Nelson led all scorers with 20 points for Altamont, now 22-6.

Paris plays at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Class 2A Monticello, facing the winner of Saturday's Niantic-Monticello game.