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Rudy scores 1,000th point in Argylls boys' win

By CHUCK LANDIS - clandis@chronicle-tribune.com

FAIRMOUNT – Wyatt Rudy had extra motivation in the second half of Tuesday evening’s Madison-Grant basketball doubleheader with visiting Daleville.

With his team comfortably ahead, Rudy was able to pursue a personal achievement and become the 10th player in 50 years of Argylls boys’ basketball to score 1,000 points. The senior took care of matters with a run of eight straight points in the third quarter and the Argylls rolled to a 79-48 victory over Daleville.

The Argylls girls continued their struggles and dropped their eighth straight contest 48-31 to the Broncos.

Rudy needed 17 points to reach the 1,000-point barrier and finished with 19 to share team high honors with Jackson Manwell. He became the first player since Jordon Cornelious in 2010 to gain the achievement.

“I just took my opportunities,” said Rudy, who reached the milestone with a long-range basket at 3:51 of the third quarter. “I wanted to get it but I didn’t want to force it.”

Madison-Grant (7-6) buried Daleville (4-10) in an avalanche of 10 3-point baskets out of 14 attempts in the opening half. Manwell was 4-of-5 and Kaden Howell was 4-of-6 from behind the arc and helped the Argylls open a 47-24 halftime lead.

Rudy, who also finished with 11 rebounds to collect a double-double, is beginning to assert himself on a young Argylls team dependent on his leadership, according to coach Brian Trout.

“He played well, and he played well (in the previous game) against Frankton,” Trout said. “It didn’t show up because we played so bad. He played a good all-around game – defensively, rebounding – and you could tell he had a little extra spring in his step.

“This year, he knows we have four guys scoring in double figures and he’s trying to become more of a team player,” Trout added.

The Argylls collectively had the same spring and bounced back emphatically from Friday’s 95-40 defeat at Frankton. Daleville led early 4-2 before Rudy tied it and then a Howell 3-pointer put the Argylls ahead to stay.

“We had gotten beat good at Frankton and this will give us motivation going into Friday,” Rudy said, referring to a home date against county rival Eastbrook.

Daleville had just played Class 3A fourth-ranked Delta on Monday evening for the Delaware County championship and still might have been smarting from the 85-48 loss. A 4 1/2-minute scoring drought in the first and second quarters put the Broncos in a 27-10 hole and it only became progressively worse.

While Trout could find little fault with his team’s 3-point shooting, he wanted the Argylls to work on their inside game in the second half. The Argylls made only one more 3-pointer in the second half but still finished an impressive 11-of-23 from behind the arc.

“Everything seemed to be going in,” Trout said. “The point I made at halftime was don’t fall in love with the ‘3’ because they probably won’t go in the basket like they did in the first half, and we started to go inside more.

“We wanted to get off to a good start in the second half and not give them any breathing room,” Trout added.

Howell had 17 points and Grant Brown 12 points and seven assists. Isaac Cooper fell just short of a double-double, collecting eight points and 13 rebounds.

In the girls’ game, the Argylls (3-15) were within striking distance of Daleville (10-8) for the entire first half and trailed 21-16 at halftime. But the Broncos opened the second half on a 13-0 run and lead 34-16 to turn the game into a romp.

For much of the season Madison-Grant had counted on its size to compete on the boards with its opponents. But Daleville had a 43-36 rebounding advantage that included 18 on the offensive end and led to a 13-0 edge in second-chance points.

“We have been over 30 or 40 rebounds, but we started playing zone the last three games and we need to work on blocking out,” coach Brandon Bradley said. “I thought we had good effort and kept the turnovers down (18) but we had some lulls where we struggle to score.

“But when we take care of the ball we give ourselves a chance to take good shots,” he added.

Blayklee Stiff led Madison-Grant with 15 and McKayla Sutton, the lone player honored on Senior night, added six points and seven assists.