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Arvin’s hardwood work saws off Springs Valley

By John P. Mullen
  Loogootee was forced to take to the road against another Valley unit, this one Springs Valley, less than 24 hours after dropping a disappointing outcome to White River Valley. This time around, however, the Lions were able to charge ahead as they came out on top 49-37.  
  Ben Hogan picked up his shaken teammates by emerging with two straight hoops to open play on homecoming night at the Hawk’s Nest as LHS roared to a 5-0 lead. Later, in the second, Jordan Arvin went to work on the hardwood, netting seven of his 13 markers to help Loogootee to a 17-7 lead that was trimmed to 21-16 by halftime. Coach Josh Thompson’s Valley troops got as close as 21-20 before Hogan hit again early in the third quarter. Following Hogan’s hoop were baskets from Josh Divine, Jordan Arvin, Greg Woody, and John Baugh as the Blackhawks fell behind 31-22. Bryant Ackerman then kept the hosts at bay by canning ten of his team-high 14 in the final eight minutes. Supporting Ackerman and Arvin and their double figure performances were Hogan and Baugh who each rang up seven. Divine scored four, Woody two, and big-man Conner Wittmer scored one basket in just three attempts from the field. He did, however, manage to yank eight boards and send back three Valley shots. Hogan also hit the rim hard for eight caroms and Baugh added seven rebounds. Divine served dishes seven times for the 11-4 Lions; the hometown boys tangle with Mitchell on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. inside Jack Butcher Sports Arena.
   After perhaps the most satisfying win of the season the night before at WRV, the Lion junior varsity fell behind 20-4 late in the second quarter before making a valiant charge before coming up short, 35-29. Matt Tucker followed up his dozen on Friday with another 16 to lead all scorers in the game. Lengacher struck for seven, all in the third, while Austin Bradley tallied four and Waylon Matthews’ two charity tosses. The junior-laden junior varsity dropped back to 8-7 on the season with four games remaining.  
-Photo by Larry Hembree
Freshman Conner Wittmer takes an uncontested shot in varsity action against Springs Valley. Wittmer had 8 rebounds in the game and two points.