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Card Sharks! Lions devour Bloomfield
   
By John Mullen
   Loogootee shot the lights out inside Glover Gymnasium on Friday night as they made a staggering 17 of their 21 first half field goal attempts in a somewhat surprising offensive showcase, 76-59. Six players got in on the scoring action during the first frame as the Lions stuck nine two-point fielders, mostly from very close range.  
   The early 18-6 lead grew to a whopping 32-12 bulge before Bloomfield cut the deficit to 36-22 at the halftime horn. At that point, Ben Hogan had already reached double figures with 10, Conner Wittmer had pounded inside for eight, and Bryant Ackerman a half-dozen. Meanwhile, Josh Divine and Ackerman were distributing the rock with relative ease as they beat the Cardinals in transition.  
  The hosts were bound and determined to make a run, and they did just that, cutting the margin to six in the third stanza before John Baugh got loose for three baskets midway through and Wittmer supplied two more hoops to maintain the 14 point advantage heading into the final eight minutes of play. Free throws by the Lions and the scorching shooting touch of Bloomfield senior Andy Cochrane played out as time wound down on the Cards’ eleventh loss in fourteen ballgames. The Lions canned just 12-21 charity tosses in the finale and finished a paltry 14-26 overall from fifteen feet. Somehow, though, they cranked in 30-42 from the field, a blazing 71.4%.  Baugh recorded 20, Hogan 15, Wittmer 14, Ackerman 12, and Jordan Arvin 11. The five double figure scorers was a rarity although the feat was accomplished at JBA last season versus Vincennes Rivet. Josh Divine scored three, but provided 11 delicacies. Adding to the scorer’s delight was Hogan’s seven dishes and Ackerman’s six dimes as Loogootee’s 30 buckets were assisted on an unbelievable 27 times. Greg Woody rounded out the 76 points with a technical free throw make in the fourth. Wittmer snared eight boards and Arvin grabbed five.  
  On the other side, Cochrane popped for 14 of his game-high 31 in the waning minutes.  Sophomore Ryan O’Neall contributed 10.  
  With the resounding victory, Loogootee moved to 9-3 and avenged a disappointing loss on their home floor to Bloomfield in 2009.  
  Mike Wininger’s boys’ junior varsity outfit smashed Bloomfield 33-15. Austin Bradley registered a game-high 11 off the bench. Jon Sherfick hit three field goals for six, Stephen Bradley made four, and Clinton Burch drained a 3. Also scoring for the Lions were Tyler Jacobs who stroked a three-pointer and Matt Tucker, Waylon Matthews, and Kirk Lengacher who put in one bucket each.
-Photo by Larry D. Hembree
Freshman John Sherfick goes up for two points Thursday night against the Bloomfield Cardinals in JV action. The JV Lions took the game 33-15.
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