KNIGHTSTOWN – Lafayette Harrison couldn’t miss in the Hoosier Gym Saturday. The Raiders took an early lead over Southmont and never looked back, defeating the Mounties 96-70.
Harrison connected on 37 of 63 field goals in the game and outscored Southmont 27-17 in the first quarter after starting the game on a 16-4 run.
Southmont coach Jon Sparks knew Harrison would be a tough opponent, and it only got harder when the Mounties faced a double-digit deficit.
Camden Chadd went to work midway through the first quarter, scoring eight points in four Southmont possessions, helping cut the Raider lead to 21-15. The junior standout entered the game nine points shy of 1000 for his career.
In the opening possession of the second quarter Chadd took the ball to the basket and cashed in on the career milestone in the historic gym.
As good as Chadd was for Southmont, Harrison’s Benito Munoz matched him step for step. The junior scored a team-high 26 points including 12 in the third quarter, allowing the Raiders to stretch their lead to 71-49.
Jakub Hall added 17 for Harrison on a perfect 6-6 from the field and 5-7 from the charity stripe.
Chadd led all scorers with 34 points, while Kaleb Swick added nine for the Mounties.
Sparks felt like his team competed hard, but couldn’t quite match Harrison for a full four quarters.
Southmont’s losing streak has hit five and things don’t get much easier when the Mounties host Sagamore Conference rival Tri-West Thursday.
“We keep talking about what our goals are and how to get better as a team each game and each day,” Sparks said. “We keep focusing on that.”