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Lions catch Cougars cat-napping
By John Mullen
   A highly-anticipated game between the host Lions and visiting North Daviess Cougars, postponed after Friday’s snow-out, was instead played on Tuesday following a dramatic 58-56 Lady Lion victory over Pike Central in a rare girls and boys varsity doubleheader.  
  The second contest of the evening, however, was not a barnburner by any stretch of the imagination as Loogootee came out on their home floor and perhaps caught the Coug’s napping in a 59-42 rout. The two teams’ records and rankings gave the game a heavy billing, but it was all Loogootee from the get-go as Ben Hogan’s basket and-one followed by two consecutive three-balls from freshman big Conner Wittmer created an early 9-2 lead that forced ND to get away from their typical deliberate style of play.  
   At the end of eight minutes John Baugh had connected for seven of his own, including two technical free throws as a result of Coach Brent Dalrymple’s frustration at the physicality on both ends of the floor, as the bulge for the home team reached a dozen at 18-6. A 17-10 second quarter run that saw Hogan, Wittmer, and Baugh each put in five a piece bumped the scoreboard at intermission to 35-16. The lead ballooned to 50-30 after three periods of play as Loogootee eased off the gas late but still won going away.  
  Baugh showed impressive shooting in a 16-point performance. Hogan has really come on strong lately as he registered 13. Wittmer remains a huge cog in the Lion inside-outside game as he finished with 12 and eight rebounds. Bryant Ackerman and Jordan Arvin both provided six while Josh Divine, Greg Woody, and Stephen Bradley all dented the scorebook for two points. Divine also dished six assists and drew several offensive fouls from a ND group that struggled mightily against the Lion pressure.  
  Kendall Wittmer scored 14 in a losing effort, but six of those came in the fourth frame when the game was well in hand.  
  The Lion victory takes them to 8-2 heading into another classic Saturday night showdown with third-ranked 9-2 Barr-Reeve. Both class 1A programs have lost to the same opponents: 3A number one Washington and 2A number six Forest Park.  
  The Vikings currently have a four-game winning streak against their perennial nemesis, the longest such string of victories B-R has mustered against LHS in their 45 years of basketball. Last year, the Lions suffered a 63-44 whoopin’, but a fierce man-to-man defense along with athleticism and scoring threats at all five positions on the floor should make for a doozy against the Trey Hughes-led attack from the west.  
  The junior varsity begins extra early with a 4:00 p.m. start with the varsity to follow.
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-Photo by Larry Hembree
Junior Ben Hogan goes up for an attempt in the 4th quarter against the visiting North Daviess Cougars. Hogan finished with 13 in the Lions 59-42 victory over the Cougars at JBA. The varsity Lions move to 8-2 on the season.
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