NEW MARKET — Another hot shooting performance from North Putnam put an end to Southmont’s season with an 81-72 Cougars win in the opening round of the IHSAA Class 2A State Tournament at Southmont on Tuesday night.
Led by Mason Brooks, who at times looked unstoppable with his step-back 3-pointers, the Cougars (12-12) connected on 14-of-28 3-point attempts. The junior led all scorers with 25 points, including four triples, while sophomore Aaron Pickel knocked down four more l
LINDEN — North Montgomery boys’ basketball has been in a free-fall since posting a 15-8 record in 2015-16.
The Chargers won just 20 combined games the last three seasons, and last May was headed toward their third coach in four years.
Newly hired coach Chad Arnold, and a group of six seniors were determined to return Charger basketball to relevancy.
“He’s (Coach Arnold) always talked about heart,” senior post-player Jack Thompson said. “And he’s made us realize that hea
Dave Nicholson followed Galen Smith and put together back-to-back undefeated seasons in 1968-69 and 1969-70. Nicholson’s Indians won 46 games and lost only two during his tenure. They won the County tourney both years and defeated Speedway 56-54 to win the Lebanon Sectional in 1969. The Indians won 41 regular season games without a loss under Coach Nicholson. In a four year span beginning at the end of the 1968 season continuing through Nicholson’s two years and concluding a
Both Southmont and North Putnam are much different teams then when they met back on Nov. 27 during the first week of the season.
That was a 66-56 win for the Cougars, who now have a full season under their belt with a new coach and star player, while Southmont, a team that entered the season with a lot of inexperienced varsity players is playing at a much higher level.
The Mounties are 7-14 on the season, and coach Jake Turner is still searching for consistent effort.
North Montgomery is playing their best basketball of the season entering the Class 3A Greencastle Sectional.
And after receiving the first-round bye, no matter who North Montgomery plays in the first semifinal on Friday night, it will be a team they’ve beaten.
The Chargers finished the regular season 12-10, winners of five of their last six games, and will face the Frankfort (6-16) and Greencastle (15-7) winner from Tuesday night.
North Montgomery beat Frankfort 70-59 o
Crawfordsville enters the Class 3A Greencastle Sectional on a three-game losing streak, but coach David Pierce feels like the Athenians are playing their best basketball of the season.
“I think the guys have figured out what works,” he said. We play well when everyone plays defense with focus and effort and when we attack the rim and take shots inside 15 feet we score more points. We are playing our best basketball right now. Effort and focus will be the key.”
LINDEN — North Montgomery played arguably one of the most complete games of the season in Friday’s 62-54 win over Greencastle. The Chargers played with composure despite riding an emotional roller coaster due to the absence of senior Kade Kobel.
Kobel missed the Senior Night festivities due to an unexpected death of a family member earlier.
“It was a very emotional day for these guys and everyone. Personally I have never been through a situation like this before and I tho