Scroggie’s 34 fuels Mustangs to win over Bulldogs
|Murray senior Cody Scroggie (33) passes the ball while driving the lane against the defense of Orient-Macksburg's Jacob Caviness. Scroggie led the Mustangs with 34 points in a 65-31 win over the Bulldogs. Caviness scored 10 for Orient-Macksburg. (CNA photo by SCOTT VICKER)|
ORIENT — Fans attending Thursday night’s boys basketball game between Orient-Macksburg and Murray who knew the visiting Mustangs featured a player nearing 2,000 career points might have thought that player was senior Cody Scroggie.
Scroggie effortlessly put up 34 points to lead the Mustangs to a 65-31 win over Orient-Macksburg.
But it was Austin Halls who entered the game as the Mustang player needing just 20 points to reach 2,000 points for his career. Halls finished the game with 14 points, setting up the potential for a special moment during Murray’s big conference matchup tonight against Moulton-Udell.
Today might belong to Halls, but Thursday clearly belonged to Scroggie.
The senior knocked down seven 3-pointers and went 5-of-6 from the free throw line to get to his 34 points.
“I knew focusing all of our attention on Halls, it would allow Scroggie to light it up,” Orient-Macksburg head coach Drew Dornack said. “They hurt you in so many ways. It is tough to come up with a defensive scheme for them. Halls is a great scorer and tough to contain.”
The Mustangs scored 26 points in the second quarter, and Scroggie scored 19 of those 26 points, as Murray took a 41-19 lead into the halftime break.
“Cody Scroggie had a great game getting 34 points and eight steals on the night,” Murray head coach Darin Wookey said. “Austin Halls will have to wait at least another night to get number 2,000. He was really unselfish tonight, giving up the ball and setting up his teammates.”
Orient-Macksburg had a good offensive second quarter, but just couldn’t keep pace with the Mustangs, now 9-0.
Jordan Thompson scored seven of his team-high 11 points in the second quarter, while Jacob Caviness scored seven of his 10 points in the quarter.
The Bulldogs, now 1-6, closed the game on a 9-0 run, making the final score 65-31.
“All I can say is that we played hard,” Dornack said. “I didn’t sub much, and those five guys left it all on the court. Murray is a very talented team and well-coached.”
Orient-Macksburg returns to action today, traveling to Rolling Hills Conference-leader Ankeny Christian Academy.
Murray takes the court again at 7:30 tonight against Moulton-Udell (7-1 overall and 4-1 in the Bluegrass Conference), with Halls needing only six points to reach 2,000 for his career.
After his five steals against Orient-Macksburg on Thursday, Halls now sits just 12 steals behind Jayson Thompson of Hinton (1988-91) for the all-time career steals record in the state of Iowa for all classes.
Thompson’s record is 387. Halls enters today’s game with 375 steals.
MURRAY (65) — Cody Scroggie 11 5-6 34, Austin Halls 5 4-4 14, Braydon Held 2 0-0 5, Pat Kilmer 2 0-0 5, Eddie Otto 1 0-0 3, Sam Rockhold 1 0-2 2, Corbin Simmons 1 0-2 2, Matt Johnston 1 0-0 2. 3-point goals — 10 (Scroggie 7, Otto 1, Held 1, Kilmer 1). Rebounds — 30 (Halls 5, Kilmer 5, Scroggie 4, Johnston 4, Sam Rockhold 3, Andrew Rider 3). Assists — Halls 6. Steals — Scroggie 8, Halls 5. Turnovers — 9. Team fouls — 10. Fouled out — None.
ORIENT-MACKSBURG (31) — Jordan Thompson 3 2-4 11, Jacob Caviness 4 1-3 10, Jesse Johnson 2 1-2 5, Wyatt Hensley 1 1-2 3, Chantz Davidson 1 0-1 2. 3-point goals — 4 (Thompson 3, Caviness 1).
Murray — 15 41 58 65
O-M — 5 19 22 31
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