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Southview coach Marc Jump summed up in a simple statement what Tim Hausfeld means to the Cougars.
"We live and die with him," said Jump, following the Cougars' 80-65 triumph last night over Scott in a Divison I sectional championship game at Waite High. "If he's off, we lose and that's the way it goes.
"But we've won a lot of games because of him."
Hausfeld, a 5-foot-5 bundle of energy and guile, carried the Cougars to victory by pouring in a season-high 36 points, which included an 18-for-21 effort from the foul line. The Cougar playmaker showed plenty of coolness down the stretch, sinking 12 straight free throws in the final quarter to help Southview slowly pull away from Scott to collect its fifth sectional title in seven seasons.
The Cougars (17-3) sank 31 of 36 free throws for the game.
"I was trying to penetrate and dish and if they gave me the lane I tried to attack them and I tried to draw a foul," said Hausfeld, a junior, of his strategy against the Bulldogs.
In the second sectional championship matchup of the night, St. John's Jesuit rolled to a 69-50 win over City League rival Clay with Michael Taylor leading the charge by scoring a team-high 16 points.
Southview and St. John's will meet Thursday night at Savage Hall in a D-I district semifinal.
Derrick Creque finished with 14 points to account for Southview's only other player to score in double figures against Scott. Andy Borcherdt contributed nine points and Bernard Pinckney added eight.
Jump, whose team won most of its games on average by double figures this season, credited the Cougars for never succumbing to a steady dose of full-court pressure employed by the Bulldogs.
"I thought the key to the game for us was we only had 10 turnovers," Jump said. "Even if a team is not pressing us that's pretty good.
"Against Scott, I'm pretty pleased with 10 turnovers."
Creque, who scored on a breakaway dunk against the press early in the contest, said the Cougars were poised and ready to play.
"This is great," Creque said. "We knew they were going to be a very athletic team and we didn't panic.
"We prepared very well for this and it's exciting."
Creque also acknowledged Hausfeld's importance to the Cougars.
"He's our general," Creque said. "He handles the ball and I thought he handled the pressure very well tonight. He got to the free throw line, which is what he does best. He made the free throws and he carried us."
The Cougars used multiple defenders on Scott's sharpshooting guard David Sweeney, limiting him to only 13 points in a game the Bulldogs fell behind early. Hakeem Greer chipped in 12 points and Antwan Jones added 11 while David McDonald scored nine for Scott.
The Cougars maintained the lead and took a seven-point edge into the fourth quarter.
In the second sectional championship, the Titans (16-6) established control by outscoring the Eagles 24-10 during the second quarter to march into halftime with a 36-23 advantage.
Cheatham Norrils and Tim Simmons pumped in 12 points apiece while Jay Springs knocked down three of St. John's seven 3-pointers for the game to finish with nine points.
St. John's coach Ed Heintschel thought the Titans' perimeter shooting played a significant role in establishing control over the Eagles, who closed out the opening quarter ahead 13-12.
"We've been shooting a little bit better," Heintschel said. "Two games ago we had five threes and Wednesday night we had six, so we're shooting a little bit better."
Andrew Kuns paced the Eagles (8-12) with a team-high 16 points and Terrelle Huggins chipped in with 10 points. Zac Taylor added nine and Eric Holmes eight in defeat.
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