PRINCEVILLE — The Henry boys basketball team needed a quarter to get its feet wet Wednesday against host Princeville at the 85th Annual Princeville Holiday Tournament.
But after the slow first frame, the top-seeded Mallards took flight.
Henry (11-1) rattled off 22 second-quarter points to turn a seven-point first frame deficit into an 11-point halftime advantage and held on after intermission for a 53-41 win over No. 7 seed Princeville.
Next up for Henry will be a semifinal matchup against No. 4 Elmwood, which won 72-42 over No. 5 North Fulton.
The Mallards trailed 13-6 after a strong opening quarter from the Princes, but Kyle Henderson set the stage for an 11-0 Henry run with a 3-pointer in the opening minute of the second quarter.
Ryan Condit followed up with a basket in the lane, and Henderson added a layup in transition to knot things up at 13-13 with six minutes left until halftime.
Nathan Helle kept the Mallards flying with a putback off a Henderson 3-point miss, and Jake Schlosser added a transition basket of his own to put Henry up 17-13 with 4:52 to play in the half.
Henderson, who led all scorers with 17 points, closed out his 12-point second-quarter performance with a 3 from the left side and steal and layup in the final 1:10 to give Henry a 28-17 lead after two quarters.
“We had a couple days off and we came out a little bit weak, but we found it in the second quarter,” said Henry captain Trent Richards. “We found the rhythm and worked together. The first quarter was a little shaky, we didn’t have the feel. In the second, we got the feel for each other and were back in it.
“I think we were a little shocked (to start the game). They came out strong and I don’t know if we were expecting that. We made up for it by playing strong in the second quarter.”
The Mallards outscored Princeville 16-10 out of the break to up their advantage to 17 points entering the fourth quarter, but the host team did not go down without a fight.
The Princes opened the fourth quarter with a 10-0 run capped off by a three-point play from center Michael Sheets to pull to 44-37 with 4:44 left in the game.
Schlosser snuck through the back door for a layup following a Henry timeout to halt the Princes’ push, and Henry used a basket in the paint from Condit and a pair of free throws from Schlosser to close out the win.
Condit finished with 14 points for Henry, while Schlosser had eight points and seven boards. Helle registered seven points and hauled in a team-high nine rebounds, and Richards added six points for the Mallards.
“The second quarter was huge for us. I think we outscored them 22-4. They were a little shocked coming out I think. (Princeville) was geared up,” Henry coach Steve Self said. “I told them before the game that this was (Princeville’s) championship night — a chance to knock us off as the No. 1 seed. They were ready and we took a hard hit in the first quarter. We were able to reestablish ourselves in the second quarter, and that was the difference.”
Sheets led Princeville with 16 points and grabbed a game-high 13 boards.
No. 3 Galva 81, No. 6 DePue 31
Galva outscored the Little Giants 21-4 in the first frame to sew the seed for the lopsided win.
Jesse Lopez led the Little Giants with 11 points.
DePue will take on Lowpoint-Washburn at 2 p.m. today in the consolation bracket. L-W fell 79-28 to No. 2 Brimfield on Wednesday.
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