Columbia wins its tenth straight meeting with the Carlyle Indians as the Eagles down the Tribe 66-43 Friday in Cahokia Conference Mississippi Division play.
Led by a pair of buckets by Lane Heinzmann and Dawson Reinacher, Carlyle built a 14-10 lead in the first six minutes, but Columbia answered with a 13-0 run to take the lead for good. That surge eventually turned into a 23-3 run as the Eagles extended their lead to 33-17 later in the second period although back-to-back treys by Chase Taylor and Luke Boatright got the Tribe within 33-23 period to halftime.
Carlyle was still within 10 at 42-32 with just under three minutes left in the third quarter, but the Eagles scored the next seven points and led by 17. Columbia began the fourth quarter with a 12-5 run and opened up a 61-37 advantage midway through the fourth quarter.
Boatright led Carlyle with 13 points, Taylor had 12 and Reinacher contributed nine. Indians fall to 6-23 overall and 1-8 in conference play. Indians close out the conference and regular season next Friday at Salem.
NOTE: Carlyle drew a first-round matchup against Dupo in the opening round of the Class 2A Carlyle Regional. That contest will be Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. The winner will face Nashville in the semifinal round Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. Hillsboro and Trenton Wesclin hook up in the other semifinal Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. The championship game is Feb. 22 at 7 p.m.
Columbia 18 15 16 17 – 66
Carlyle 14 9 9 11 – 43
COLUMBIA (2FG-3FG-FT-TP) S. Horner 2-3-4-17; James 1-4-0-14; Khoury 5-0-2-12; Peterson 3-1-1-10; O’Conor 2-0-0-4; B. Holmes 0-1-0-3; J. Holmes 0-0-2-2; Hemminghaus 0-0-2-2; N. Horner 1-0-0-2 (Totals: 14-9-11-66)
CARLYLE (2FG-3FG-FT-TP) Boatright 4-1-2-13; Taylor 2-2-2-12; Reinacher 4-0-1-9; L. Heinzmann 2-0-0-4; Darr 2-0-0-4; Johnson 0-0-1-1 (Totals: 14-3-6-43)