Raiders, Cats, Jeeps victorious on home court

From Herald Staff Reports

After suffering a tough loss at the hands of the Washington Hatchets last Saturday, the Southridge boys basketball team knew they had a tough test facing them in their next matchup.

Wood Memorial was entering Huntingburg fresh off of a big victory over Class 2A No. 7 Forest Park that saw Lathan Falls hit a game-winning shot but on Friday night, there would be no late game magic from the Trojans.
Southridge controlled the pace the majority of the night en route to a 75-65 victory over Wood Memorial.

After losing junior big man Jaden Hayes early in the game with a knee injury, the Raiders had to play small the majority of the way with Colson Montgomery leading all scorers with 26 points.

Montgomery was aggressive early and did a nice job of attacking while junior Joe LaGrange also had a nice night as he finished with 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting.

The Raiders led by 10 points for the majority of the second half but the Trojans did cut it to six points late but Southridge took care of the ball in pressure and hit their late-game foul shots.

The Raiders (9-9) will be back in action tonight at North Daviess.

The rest of Saturday’s prep basketball action:

Wildcats overcome slow start
After falling behind 12-8 after the first quarter, the Jasper boys basketball team could’ve panicked or gotten nervous but instead they looked to one of their seniors when they needed him most.

Senior Justin Persohn finished with a team-high 16 points as the Wildcats defeated the Golden Aces 49-42 for their second straight victory.

Despite only shooting 36 percent from the field and 14 percent from the three-point line, Jasper (9-8, 4-0 Big Eight) made their easy shots (75 percent free-throw shooting) and scored frequently in the paint (26 points) to fight past the Aces.

The Cats also forced 15 Mount Carmel turnovers and scored 14 points off of those turnovers.

Jasper saw just six players finish in the scoring column with Austin Simmers finishing with nine, Jared Englert with eight, Eric Nordhoff and Jackson Kabrick with seven and Ben Elliott with two but Reece Milligan also added a pair of rebounds and assists while Josh Weidenbenner forced a few Mount Carmel turnovers.

Jasper will have a chance to go 5-0 in Big Eight play tomorrow when they face Washington for the team’s final home battle.

Jeeps cruise past Commodores
On a night where the Northeast Dubois boys basketball team honored the 1988 sectional championship team, the Jeeps showed grit and hustle as they paced their way to a 65-46 victory over Perry Central.

The first half was a back-and-forth affair with neither team gaining much of an advantage as the Jeeps led by one point at the end of the first quarter and had built up a small five-point lead at halftime.

In the third quarter is when the Jeeps began to catch fire as they outscored the Commodores 24-10 and Alex Harder scored 13 of his team-high 17 points.

The Jeeps also had solid scoring nights from Griffen Bauer who finished with 14 and Reece Bauer added 13 of his own.

Northeast Dubois will be back in action next Tuesday night against Shoals for a Blue Chip game as they look to improve their conference record to 4-2 with a home victory.

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