The Effingham Hearts opened Apollo Conference in red hot style Friday night.
The Hearts blistered the nets at a 68 percent clip, placed four players in double figures and rolled to a 90-66 victory at Charleston.
Effingham’s torrid shooting included a steady barrage of 3-pointers. The Hearts attempted 19 shots from behind the arc and found the range 12 times. Six different playersmade a three, but Brent Beals connected six times en route to a game-high 26-point performance.
The Hearts were in control from the outset. Landon Wolfe scored eight points and Jacob Donaldson added seven, helping EHS race to a 24-12 advantage after just eight minutes of play.
By halftime, the lead had ballooned to 48-27 and was expanded to 77-42 after three quarters. Beals had five of his threes and 23 of his points in the middle two quarters, helping the Hearts stay unbeaten through five games and start their conference schedule in winning fashion.
Landon Wolfe scored 19 points, his brother Grant added 15 and Donaldson finished with 13, along with five rebounds and five blocked shots. The Hearts also took care of the ball, committing just two turnovers.
Effingham will return to action Friday at home against Mattoon in a key Apollo Conference match-up.
Charleston won the junior varsity game 58-29. The Trojans led throughout, building a 27-7 lead at halftime. Ryan Sandifer scored nine points, while Cooper Jackson and Blake Lohman both had seven.