Mounties open season with wins

ROACHDALE — Southmont picked up a back-to-back win Wednesday night with a 72-61 victory over North Putnam.

Things weren’t as smooth as the Tuesday win against Turkey Run, but the Mounties made some adjustments to pick up the victory and move to 2-0 on the season.

“We won a hard one on the road,” South coach Jon Sparks said. “This is always a tough place to play and North Put is a good team with those seven seniors.”

The Mounties didn’t have the shooting touch, especially early, from either long range or in close, and the Cougars, playing their first game of the season, kept things close.

“We didn’t look totally ready,” Sparks said. “We may have been a little tired from Tuesday, and we found we have to be mentally tough. We also didn’t play very good defense, and that is critical to our season. We are going to be a very good offensive team, but we have to bring the defense every night.”

Leading by one after one quarter, five at halftime and four at the end of three, South used a big fourth quarter to put the game away.

Kaleb Swick and Cam Chadd scored 18 of the team’s 25 points in the final eight minutes, including 10 from the line.

“Swick is a hard matchup,” Sparks said of the 6-5 senior. “He set the pace for us in the second half.”

Swick finished with 27 points and 15 rebounds to complete his second double-double of the season. Five points in an eight-second run late in the fourth turned a five-point lead into double-digits.

“Southmont really established Swick in the second half,” North Putnam coach Collin McCartt said, “and then that opened things up for Chadd. We let them get to the bucket.”

Chadd finished with a double-double of his own, with 18 points and 11 boards.

“Cam got good looks,” Sparks said of his junior guard, “but a bunch of them didn’t go down.”

Ty Williams and Justin Howard also reached double figures with 10 points apiece.

For the night, the Mounties were 24-of-58 from the field and 4-of-17 from long range. They finished 20-of-29 from the line, and won the rebound battle 47-35.

“We were effective on the glass,” Sparks noted of the Mounties 19 offensive rebounds. “That makes for a lot of extra possessions.”

The Cougars were led in scoring by Elliot Gross with 19 points. The junior guard had 15 of his team’s 25 first-half points and was a particular nemesis to the South defense.

“He is for us like Swick is to South,” McCartt said. “He is a tough guy to guard, and can take you outside or post you up. I also liked the play of our point guard, Treyton Smith, who I think is one of the best point guards around.”

Smith finished with 10 points and a handful of assists. Preston Porter scored 11 points.

For the game, North Put was 25-of-61 from the field, 5-of-22 from deep and 6-of-9 from the line. Corbin Judy had eight rebounds to lead the Cougars.

The Cougars start WCC action next Friday with a home game against South Putnam and the next day travel to Brownsburg to play in the BSN Shootout. They play Brownsburg in the final game of the day.

The Mounties also start Sagamore Conference action next Friday when they entertain the Chargers.

Southmont won the jv game 54-33.