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Lions hit peak against Pike

By John P. Mullen
   The Loogootee Lions made homecoming an extra-special good time as both the reserves and varsity rolled to victories against visiting Pike Central.  The preliminary went the way of the hosts 53-43; meanwhile, the big boys perhaps hit their early-season peak with a tremendous third quarter en route to an eventual 62-46 runaway versus the Chargers.  
  The lead was 12-7 after one stanza as old-fashioned three-point plays from Conner Wittmer, Bryant Ackerman, and John Baugh got the home crowd’s attention.  The trio had another dandy second quarter as Baugh added eight to his five in the first, including a trey from the corner that beat the halftime horn.  Wittmer’s four early plus six more made ten by intermission, and Ackerman canned a three-job as well for a 29-22 lead at the break.  
  A sprint to Pike’s peak in the third by the Lions, in what amounted to a 22-4 eight minute shellacking, brought Queen Audra Lannan and King Dylan Frye as well as the rest of the onlookers to their feet.  Baugh and Wittmer both duplicated their scoring output from the second in the third while Ackerman, Jordan Arvin, Josh Divine, and Stephen Bradley added two each.  Pike Central made the outcome much more respectable against the Loogootee bench as they popped for 20, including 10-13 free throws, in the final period.  Baugh, minus the mask, had a monster game with 23 points and 12 boards.  Wittmer was a walloping 1-2 punch as he recorded 16 points and nine rebounds.  Ackerman dropped in eight; Divine five to go with six assists, Arvin four, Bradley and Matt Tucker two, and Greg Woody one point.  Starter Ben Hogan, who has been saddled with plenty of foul trouble, also hit one free throw in the fourth frame while adding three assists, two steals, and two blocks.
   Pike, despite only scoring 46 points as a team, got 11 of their 12 players in the scoring column with Cody Lee cashing in a team-high 11, seven coming at the charity stripe.  
  Loogootee’s junior varsity got the evening started off in the right mood with a ten-point win.  Matt Tucker kicked in 14, and Bradley registered seven of his 11 in a decisive 19-9 fourth quarter.  Daniel Wildman scored nine, Austin Bradley six, and Clinton Burch two three’s for another half-dozen.  Colin Nelson provided three, Waylon Matthews two, and Kirk Lengacher a deuce.  The junior varsity improved to 5-2 overall.
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-Photo by Larry Hembree
Senior Josh Divine gets stuck in traffic during game play against Pike Central Friday, December 18. Divine ended the game with five points and six assists.
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