Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Sports

February 12, 2013

PREP BOYS BASKETBALL: Heights holds off NW for key victory

Huskies set up MIC title clash with Peru

— Northwestern’s boys basketball team nearly dug its way out of a 20-point hole Tuesday night against Hamilton Heights, rallying to trim the lead to just three points with 2:40 left. But when the clock hit 0:00, all the Tigers could hang their hats on was scaring the Huskies, not beating them. Heights held on for a 63-55 victory in the Tigers’ gym.

Heights (11-7) moved to 5-1 in the Mid-Indiana Conference with one league game left: at co-league leader Peru on Feb. 22. That game will be a title showdown with the winner taking the championship outright.

“It’s a good game, [Northwestern is] a hard place to play. It definitely had MIC championships on the line,” Heights coach Chad Ballenger said. “We’ve got one more to go, so it was a big game for us.”

Northwestern (10-7, 3-3 MIC) worked its way back from a 16-point halftime deficit by reducing turnovers and hitting some key hoops in the second half. Trenton Brazel closed the third quarter with a triple for Northwestern to make the HH lead 50-37, then Brazel canned another triple to start the fourth quarter. From then on, the Purple Tigers proved tough to shake.

A runner by Brazel, another trey by him and an inside hoop by Chase Johnson cut the Heights lead to 54-51 with 2:40 left, but the Tigers couldn’t draw any closer .Heights responded with a cutting hoop from Bo O’Laughlin and a drive from sophomore point guard Grant Weatherford to push the lead out to 58-51.

Brazel finished with a game-high 28 points, while Johnson had 18. Alex Etherington led Heights with 26 and Weatherford added 15.

Ballenger would rather have seen his squad close the game with the composure with which Huskies opened it.

“I thought we got really complacent and tight late instead of just keep playing,” he said. “We forced a lot instead of making easy passes. I mean, we had them on the ropes. They were trapping us and we had a few kids trying to make special plays instead of make easy plays.

“We played well in spurts so I can’t be too disappointed.”

Heights had taken control early with an offensive onslaught. The Huskies opened a 32-12 lead on a coast-to-coast dash by Weatherford with 5 minutes left in the first half. Heights strolled into halftime up 38-22 with Etherington leading the way. The inside-outside forward had 15 points in the opening half, including three triples.

“In the first half, they just came out red hot. They were hitting everything they threw up,” Northwestern coach Jim Gish said. “Etherington is obviously a very good basketball player. We want to make him a jump shooter and he hits two 3s in the first quarter. That really set the tone for the night.

“In the second half we slowed down and started making the game easier on ourselves. Once we settled down I thought we did a nice job in the second half getting the ball to Trenton and Chase in places they could score.”

For more on this story and other local news, subscribe to The Kokomo Tribune eEdition, or our print edition

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
  • Downey, Keagan mug Sixers begin state tourney play today The Kokomo Post 6 baseball squad heads to the American Legion state tournament at Plymouth today brimming with confidence. That’s good and bad.“I believe every time we step on the field our kids believe they are the team to beat,” said Kokomo skipper

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sports briefs for Tuesday, July 29 Northwestern sets 1st practice timesNorthwestern has announced its first practice times and dates for high school and middle school sports. All athletes must have a valid 2014-15 physical on file in the athletic office to participate. The times and d

    July 29, 2014

  • SPT - KT072914 Colts-pic QB Luck making progress ANDERSON — Wind chill estimates put the temperature at 59 degrees Monday morning at Anderson University.During one stretch of his fifth training camp practice of the year, however, it likely felt much colder to Andrew Luck.The Indianapolis Colts quar

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Colts part ways with Rainey after violation ANDERSON — Just two days after earning praise for his playmaking ability from head coach Chuck Pagano, running back Chris Rainey was waived by the Indianapolis Colts on Monday morning.The news was broken in a press release around 8:30 a.m. and later

    July 29, 2014

  • SPL - KT071514 - B1 briefs - mug Athlete of the Week: Tionna Brown ATHLETE OF THE WEEK• NAME: Tionna Brown• SPORT: Track and field• ACCOMPLISHMENTS: The Kokomo seventh grader won three events at the USA Track and Field Junior Olympic national meet in Humble, Texas, in her first appearance at a national meet. Brown w

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Brown wins 3rd title at nationals HUMBLE, Texas — Kokomo middle schooler Tionna Brown surged to first in the 100 meter dash at the USA Track and Field Junior Olympic national meet Sunday, capping the weekend with her third championship.Competing in the girls 11-12-year-old division,

    July 28, 2014

  • SPL - KT072614 - Dana Neer column - column sig NEER: Starting and sustaining your workouts Here we go again, hoping to start your workout plan again on Monday. This time your plan is to make it stick, keep with it, follow through. Hopefully it will work.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • NASCAR Brickyard 400 Auto Racing-3 [Duplicate] It's 'Jeff Gordon Day' at IMS for record 5th time INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — With a fifth Brickyard 400 victory on the line Sunday, Jeff Gordon looked like the driver he was 20 years ago. Gordon nailed the final restart of the race — no given because restarts have been Gordon's Achilles heel — to pass Hen

    July 27, 2014 3 Photos

  • fishing clinic 02 (secondary pic) Kids fishing clinic is a blast for all The seasons come and go, but the excitement, challenge, allure and joy remain the same — off the chart. There are memorable moments, then there are occasions and special events that become tattoos for life.Still, joy is where you find it, and Saturda

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPL - KT072214 - B1 briefs - mug Sports briefs for Sunday, July 27 Brown takes 2 titles at junior nationalsHUMBLE, Texas — Kokomo middle schooler Tionna Brown won two championships Saturday at the USA Track and Field Junior Olympic national meet. She won the 200 dash and the long jump.Brown avenged an earlier loss

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
SportsKT twitter
More kokomotribune.com
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.