OTTERVILLE — Sacred Heart picked up the 400th win of Steve Goodwin’s coaching career, beating Otterville 79-34 on Monday.
Sacred Heart has played three games in the past four days, getting wins over Cole Camp and Santa Fe Friday and Saturday before beating the Eagles Monday. The Gremlins needed free throws to ice a 48-44 win over Santa Fe on Saturday at the W-K Shootout, but came out fresh on Monday to resume conference play.
“I thought there were seven or eight guys that played really well (Monday),” Goodwin said. “Saturday, we had six or seven play not very good. We said Otterville is better, they have a winning record, they’re in our conference now, this is a conference game. I thought we were very focused on Otterville being a part of the Kaysinger Conference and having two really nice players. We wanted to make it difficult for them to score.”
The Sacred Heart defense held Jake Neal to eight points after he scored 56 and 37 in his previous two games. Franklin Oswald also had eight.
At times, Otterville tried to move the ball down the floor off of turnovers or long rebounds and keep the tempo up, but Sacred Heart got players back in transition.
“I thought we were very active,” Goodwin said. “We just looked like we had more life than we did the other night.”
The Gremlins led by as many as 27 in the first quarter, getting a Trent Lyles 3-pointer, an alley-oop to Lyles and baskets by Micah Tanguay and Teagan Trammell late in the first to make it 33-6 before an Oswald basket made it 33-8 after one quarter.
Neal scored six of his eight points in the second quarter but a pair of Charlie Wendt baskets in the paint and three Lyles 3-pointers helped the Gremlins extend the lead to 55-16 at halftime.
Lyles finished with 22 points including five 3-pointers. Will Prenger added 13 points and Trammell had 10.
“I think Trent controlled the game with his ball-handling and his shooting,” Goodwin said. “Will got off to a great start. Will had our first eight points. It was a team effort.”
Sacred Heart his 12 3-pointers as a team in the game. The long-range shooting kept up even after the starters had left the game as Travis Holt hit a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.
Eric Ingles can be reached at 660-826-1000, ext. 1483 or on Twitter @Eric_Ingles