Westran Battles Past Cairo; Glasgow Breaks 90 in Opening Round District Wins

The Westran Hornets used a career night from Brady Hollman to defeat Cairo while Glasgow put up its second-largest point total of the season to beat Slater on the opening night of the Class 2 District 7 Boys Basketball Tournament.

In the nightcap, Westran erased an early eight-point deficit to defeat Cairo 57-53. Brady Hollman took over the starting center duties for the fourth-seeded Hornets and delivered a 20 point performance. That included two key baskets to maintain a sizeable cushion in the fourth quarter.

Colin Schowe with the calls on 99.9 The Captain and centralmoinfo.com. The Hornets had to fight off a late rally by the Bearcats, who cut the lead down to two at 55-53 before free throws by Jace Chapman and Cooper Harvey helped seal the game. Harvey joined Hollman in double figures with 13 points. Coach Chris Sander said he was proud of the way his team came together.

The win snaps Westran’s four-game losing streak and improves them to 17-10. They’ll advance to Thursday’s semifinal against top-seed Salisbury. The Bearcats got 13 points from Dalton Taylor and 11 from Logan Luecke as they finished the season with a 13-12 record. Coach Brian Winkler reflected on the growth of his team.

Earlier in the night, Glasgow lit up the scoreboard in a 94-67 win over the Slater Wildcats. The Yellowjackets set the tone with 10 three-pointers in the first half. Glasgow coach Mick Cropp said they reacted well to a defensive adjustment from Slater.

The sixth-seeded Wildcats hung with the Yellowjackets for much of the first half with Glasgow holding a 26-22 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Yellowjackets pushed the advantage to 13 at halftime and never looked back. Jordan Fuemmeler led four Glasgow players in double figures with 37 points while Jackson Meyer followed with 27. Ryan Graves and Preston Thies added 14 and 12 respectively. Cropp said secondary scoring will be key going forward.

Brandon Terrill led Slater with 26 points as they finish the season 11-15 under first-year head coach Joey Gochenour. Glasgow improves to 18-8 and will face New Franklin, who defeated Fayette in the opening round 76-33.

Westran coach Chris Sander

Glasgow coach Mick Cropp

Cairo coach Brian Winkler