Late surge pushes McHenry boys past Johnsburg

McHENRY – The McHenry and Johnsburg boys basketball teams put on a show Saturday in their Fox Valley Conference crossover.

The game, which had several scoring runs, a big comeback and a fourth-quarter lead change, was a lot closer than the margin of victory for McHenry in a 75-61 win.

The Warriors (5-1) had control of the game through most of the first half and looked to be starting to finally put the Skyhawks (1-5) away early in the third quarter when they took a 47-35 point lead.

The Warriors did not score another point in the quarter, and suddenly it was a game again.

Johnsburg went on a 16-0 run to turn a 12-point deficit midway through the third quarter into a four-point lead at the end of the quarter.

However, the game’s momentum changed again in the fourth, when McHenry responded to trail by one. Greg Johnson converted a four-point play to put the Warriors up, 56-53, and they never looked back.

“The fourth quarter I was impressed with the whole group.” McHenry coach Tim Paddock said. “We had our heads down after the third, but we stepped it up and made plays. That’s what it’s all about with a rivalry game like this.”

After the four-point play, Kyle Postal scored the next six points for the Warriors, completing two “and ones” to put the game out of reach.

Johnson scored 16 of his 23 game points in the first half, going 5 of 6 from 3-point range. After a couple of misses in the third, Johnson responded on the four-point play that led to the Warriors' victory.

“It’s really just how we work our offense; I can’t shoot anything if I don’t get the good passes,” Johnson said. “I just kept thinking we have to win, and that [four-point play] kind of kickstarted us to the victory.”

Postal finished with 21 points. Cody Freund didn’t play most of the first half and still ended up with eight points, and Nick Higgin also scored eight for the Warriors.

Collin Ridout led the Skyhawks with 16 points, and freshman Warren Nusser added 12, including the 3-pointer that put the Skyhawks up right before the fourth quarter. Chris Schmidt added nine points.

“I thought we played well, and executed really well,” Johnsburg coach Mike Toussaint said. “We ended up doing a lot of the things we wanted to do. I just reminded the kids this season is a marathon not a sprint, and yes, it’s a big game against McHenry, but the score was a lot closer than the finishing margin.”