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Arrows hit the wall at Southridge

By B.J. Hargis
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Photo by B.J. HARGIS Sophomore Kevin Figg, 35, tries to find room in the Southridge defense on Friday during the sectional semifinals. Figg scored 17 points, but the Arrows lost 47-32 to Southridge.

By B.J. HARGIS
sports.sdt@gmail.com

HUNTINGBURG  — Sullivan reinvented itself during the final weeks of the regular season after injuries to two starters.
The Golden Arrows used a perfect performance at the foul line to pull away from Pike Central in their sectional opener on Tuesday.
But on Friday night in the semifinals of the Class 3A Southridge Sectional at Huntingburg Memorial Gymnasium, Sullivan trailed the final 29 minutes as they lost to the host Raiders 47-32.
“We hit the wall,” said Sullivan boys basketball coach Jeff Moore. “The kids had given me everything they had for the last couple of weeks and it finally caught up to us. Because of the injuries, our starters had to play a lot of minutes and I think we just ran out of gas.
“After we led early, they went ahead and kept the lead for the final three quarters. You have to give it them. They are a good team.”
The Raiders, who came into the sectional with a 10-13 record, proved how good as they defeated Vincennes Lincoln in double overtime on Saturday night to win their first sectional since 2007.
On Friday, Ben Pirtle hit a 3-pointer to put the Arrows ahead 3-2 with five minutes and 38 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
The Golden Arrows would only hit one more trey — in 15 attempts — the rest of the way to finish 2-for-20 from beyond the arc.
Overall, Sullivan, who led 5-2 after a basket by Kevin Figg, shot 13 of 39 (33 percent).
“For most of the year, our patience and ball movement were our strengths,” said Moore. “Tonight, we came down and made one pass and would shoot a three.
“Maybe it was because we were tired, but too many times we did not make their defense work because we took quick shots.”
Sullivan’s last lead came at 5-4. Southridge got a basket by junior Jayden Hayes to go ahead 6-5 at the 3:12 mark of the first quarter.
The Raiders made 5 of 10 shots to begin the game while Sullivan missed 7 of 9 as the hosts led 11-5 after the first quarter.
Both teams shot less than 30 percent in the second quarter, but Southridge pushed its lead to 18-11 at intermission.
Each team was over 50 percent in the third.
For the most part, Southridge made it tough for Sullivan’s lead scorer Ty Drake.
Drake, who was held scoreless in the first half, found an opening in the lane and turned it into an old-fashioned three-point play.
Then he got loose again for his second basket of the quarter, cutting the deficit to 28-22 in the final 80 seconds of the third quarter.
“For the most part, they had a guy in Ty’s chest the entire game,” said Moore. “They made it a point to try and take him away.
“To his credit and the team, they kept battling, we got down to six and there was a loose ball that went through our hands. Had we gotten that and scored, cutting it to four, you never know what might have happened. They seemed to win every 50-50 ball.”
The Raiders outscored Sullivan 12-11 in the third, taking a 30-22 after a runner by Hayes.
Southridge scored the first six points of the fourth quarter, forging ahead 36-22 after a basket by Joe LaGrange, assisted by freshman Colson Montgomery with 5:13 remaining.
After Drake’s final basket of his career in the fourth quarter, Figg scored Sullivan’s final eight points, but Sullivan never got closer than eight points in the final minutes.
Southridge took a page out of the Sullivan playbook. Although they were far from perfect shooting free throws like Sullivan was in the fourth quarter in the win over Pike Central (14 of 14), the Raiders made 9 of 17 from the foul line in the final eight minutes.
Those nine freebies were one less point than the Arrows scored in the fourth quarter.
After not being whistled for a foul in the first half, Sullivan had 15 fouls in the second half.
Southridge had more players score — seven — than Sullivan played — six — until both coaches emptied their benches.
Hayes led the winners with 13 points while Montgomery had 10 points, nine rebounds and three assists.
Figg, a sophomore, had 17 points and seven rebounds.
Drake finished with seven points on 3 of 11 shooting, including 0 of 6 from 3-point range. He also scored seven points against Pike Central.
Drake, Shane Garner (injured) and Sam Steimel are the seniors who will be lost to graduation from this 18-7 squad.
Junior center Ike Chastain, who broke his tibia late in the season, will join Figg, Shake and Pirtle as the top returnees.
“We had a great year and will be losing some key seniors,” said Moore. “But we also have some good players returning. We also had a good JV team.
“We have a lot of work to do to get ready for next season.”
SOUTHRIDGE (47) — Jaden Hayes 5-10 2-3 13, Jayce Harter 2-6 2-8 8, Joe LaGrange 2-3 2-4 6, Colson Montgomery 4-9 2-2 10, Garrett Voegerl 1-1 2-2 4, Jacob Masterson 1-1 0-0 2, Logan Seger 0-0 0-0 0, Justin Lammers 0-0 0-0 0, Matthew Price 1-3 2-2 4, Carson Mundy 0-0 0-0 0, Noah Goeppner 0-0 0-0 0, Colin Smith 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-33 12-21 47.
SULLIVAN (32) — Kevin Figg 7-9 3-3 17, Jackson Shake 2-7 0-0 5, Ty Drake 3-11 1-1 7, Ben Pirtle 1-4 0-0 3, Sam Steimel 0-7 0-0 0, Kaleb Thrasher 0-1 0-0 0, Adam Drake 0-0 0-0 0, Jake Steele 0-0 0-0 0, Christian Simpson 0-0 0-0 0, Nick Hornback 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 13-39 4-4 32.
Southridge                         11 7 12 17 — 47  
Sullivan                             5  6 11 10 — 32    
3-point shooting — Southridge 3-12 (Harter 2-4, Hayes 1-3, Price 0-1, LaGrange 0-1, Montgomery 0-3), Sullivan 2-20 (Pirtle 1-3, Shake 1-5, Steimel 0-6, Drake 0-6). Fouls — Southridge 4, Sullivan 15. Fouled out — Steimel. Rebounds — Southridge 25 (Montgomery 9), Sullivan 21 (Figg 7). Assists — Southridge 9 (Montgomery 3), Sullivan 8 (Pirtle 3). Steals — Southridge 8 (LaGrange 4), Sullivan 3 (Pirtle, Figg, Drake). Turnovers — Southridge 12 (Montgomery 3), Sullivan 12 (Drake 4). Blocks — Southridge 1 (Hayes, Sullivan 1 (Shake).

 

SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCORES

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Class 4A
1. Lake Central
Lake Central 75, Hammond Morton 46
2. Chesterton
Valparaiso 46, Merrillville 43
3. Mishawaka
S. Bend Riley 98, S. Bend Adams 58
4. Elkhart Central
Elkhart Memorial 62, Northridge 50
5. E. Noble
Ft. Wayne North 57, Carroll (Ft. Wayne) 44
6. Huntington North
Homestead 40, Huntington North 39
7. Lafayette Jeff
Zionsville 60, McCutcheon 50
8. Noblesville
Carmel 56, Fishers 49
9. Richmond
Mt. Vernon (Fortville) 60, New Palestine 57
10. Warren Central
Warren Central 47, Lawrence Central 42
11. Ben Davis
Indpls Ben Davis 41, Indpls Pike 40
12. Terre Haute South
Terre Haute South 54, Brownsburg 45
13. Greenwood
Center Grove 74, Franklin 39
14. Columbus East
Bloomington South 55, Columbus East 52
15. Seymour
New Albany 51, Floyd Central 45
16. Ev. North
Ev. North 74, Castle 68, OT
Class 3A
17. Hammond
Hammond 52, Gary West 40
18. Twin Lakes
Calumet 53, Twin Lakes 39
19. S. Bend Washington
Culver Academy 48, Mishawak Marian 47
20. Frankfort
W. Lafayette 58, Northwestern 36
21. NorthWood
NorthWood 52, Lakeland 33
22. New Haven
Angola 51, Ft. Wayne Concordia 44, OT
23. Norwell
Marion 57, Mississinewa 54
24. New Castle
New Castle 68, Delta 45
25. Lebanon
Lebanon 43, Greencastle 28
26. Northview
Edgewood 71, W. Vigo 34
27. Guerin Catholic
Indpls Attucks 76, Indpls Ritter 69, OT
28. Beech Grove
Danville 67, Beech Grove 52
29. Greensburg
Batesville 48, Franklin Co. 35
30. N. Harrison
Silver Creek 50, N. Harrison 37
31. Southridge
Southridge 69, Vincennes 65 2 OT
32. Boonville
Ev. Bosse 67, Ev. Memorial 62
Class 2A
33. Whiting
Andrean 75, Hammond Noll 52
34. Hebron
Michigan City Marquette 58, Hebron 54
35. Westview
Westview 67, Central Noble 28
36. S. Adams
Ft. Wayne Canterbury 53, Bluffton 46
37. Manchester
Oak Hill 68, Cass 27
38. Fountain Central
Covington 39, Seeger 35, OT
39. Eastbrook
Tipton 63, Eastbrook 44
40. Lapel
Lapel 67, Frankton 65, OT
41. Hagerstown
Union Co. 56, Northeastern 32
42. Shenandoah
Shenandoah 61, Indpls Howe 50
43. Speedway
Indpls Scecina 54, Heritage Christian 47
44. S. Putnam
Cloverdale 63, N. Putnam 38
45. Southwestern (Hanover)
Southwestern (Hanover) 53, Switzerland Co. 44
46. Paoli
Austin 54, Clarksville 52
47. N. Knox
S. Knox 72, Eastern Greene 44
48. Tecumseh
Forest Park 47, N. Posey 44
Class A
49. Kouts
Gary 21st Century 81, Westville 37
50. Tri-County
Covenant Christian (DeMotte) 66, Tri-County 63
51. Culver
Elkhart Christian 49, Oregon-Davis 46
52. Hamilton
Ft. Wayne Blackhawk 75, Lakewood Park 31
53. N. Vermillion
N. Vermillion 68, Rockville 46
54. Lafayette Catholic
Southwood 96, Frontier 42
55. Wes-Del
Southern Wells 51, Wes-Del 50
56. Blue River
Seton Catholic 59, Blue River 50
57. White River Valley
Bloomfield 49, Shakamak 35
58. Bethesda Christian
University 44, Indpls Metro 41
59. Indpls Lutheran
Indpls Tindley 68, Indpls Lighthouse South 61
60. Southwestern (Shelby)
Morristown 61, Oldenburg 40
61. Borden
Christian Academy 51, Borden 37
62. Edinburgh
Edinburgh 71, Trinity Lutheran 59
63. Loogootee
Barr-Reeve 40, Loogootee 39
64. Springs Valley
Springs Valley 68, Dubois 54

 


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