Redbirds came close to pulling out their first win of the season

By Steve Dunford 

2017-18 Redbird team picture (Provided by FCHS)


WEST FRANKFORT –  In a battle between winless West Frankfort and undefeated Eldorado, the Eagles came very close to flying back to Saline county with a blemish on their record.

The Redbirds led at every quarter stop, falling in a barn burner to the Eldorado Eagles last night 48-46 at Max Morris gym.

“We played as well as we could, and as hard as we could.  I am proud of these young men.  They play so hard and do everything I ask them to.  It is a pleasure to coach them and it is a joy to go to practice every day.”  Redbird Coach Kevin Toney told me this morning.

C.J Johnson led the Redbirds in scoring with 19 points, Kyle Hammers added 10, Lucas Wolfe seven, Bradlee Croslin four, and Keagan Thrash and Brendan Russell had three points to round out the scoring for WF.

Ray May led the way for Eldorado with 16 last night.  Braden Attebury added nine and Jacob Traxler added eight.  “The have three our four good guards and a couple of post players that compliment Traxler and Attebury.  They are a very good basketball team.,”  Coach Toney said.

Eldorado improves to (7-0) on the season.  They travel to the Mule Barn on Friday night to face Fairfield in their BDC East Opener.

West Frankfort (0-4) will face the Harrisburg Bulldogs Friday night at Davenport Gym.  The Bulldogs come back loaded with Blake Drue, Jordan Bartok, and Coach Toney had to remind me that Isaiah Saulsbury was still in high school.  Since he was not on the grid iron last fall, I thought he graduated.

Randy Smithpeters’ club will also feature sophomore Will Gibbs if he is cleared to play because of injury.  He is a transfer from Carrier Mills.  He was projected to be the starting point guard for the Bulldogs.


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