VIGO COUNTY ROUNDUP: Road Unkind to Patriots, Vikings | Sports

The boys from Terre Haute North and the two basketball teams from West Vigo High School had conference street competitions on Saturday and didn’t have much success.

The Patriots missed a chance to secure a share of the Conference Indiana Championship, losing 57-36 at Southport, the Viking Boys just couldn’t quite catch Indian Creek, the leader of the Western Indiana Conference, by 57-45, and the Indian Creek Girls won a WIC Championship beating the Vikings 69-30.

  • 57 Southport, 36 Terre Haute North – In Indianapolis, the Patriots went stone cold 24 hours after extremely good shooting in a home win over Clay City.

North scored just 18 points in the first three quarters, falling 31-12 at halftime and finally playing an even 18-18 quarter against the hosts in the fourth period.

“We started badly and it only got better in the fourth quarter,” reported coach Todd Woelfle. “By then it was too late.”

AJ Dancler and Keyon Miller, arguably the best backcourts in the conference, had 20 and 16 points respectively for Southport, while big man Nickens Lemba had 11. North received eight points each from Kavish Reddy and Ethan Scott and six from Jaden Wayt.

“[Southport’s] Size and athleticism gave us problems and we didn’t run all night,” Woelfle said. “Hopefully we learn from that and get better.”

North is now 12-5, 3-1 in Conference Indiana and hosts Bedford North Lawrence next Saturday. Southport, 11-5 and 3-0, plays at Columbus North on Friday in a game that could create a four-way tie for the conference lead.

  • Indian Creek 47, West Vigo 35 – At Trafalgar, the surprising Braves went unbeaten in the WIC and managed to outperform the Vikings in every quarter.

West Vigo were trailing 13-9 after one, 28-20 at half-time and 41-32 after three quarters and the home side didn’t back down as the Vikings tried to collect themselves in the fourth period.

“It was a five-point game with about two minutes left,” said coach Joe Boehler. “Indian Creek went 8 for 8 from the free throw line down the stretch to seal the game.”

Zeke Tanoos had a game-high 25 points and Talan Boehler had nine for West Vigo while Landonsichting had 17 points and Carter Modlin 16 for Indian Creek. Modlin was 10 for 10 from the foul line for the game, eight of them in the fourth quarter.

West Vigo are now 7-9 overall and 3-5 in the WIC and play Edgewood on Friday. Indian Creek is 9-4, 8-0 and hosts Shelbyville in a non-conference game that night.

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  • Indian Creek 69, West Vigo 30 – In the opening game of the doubleheader in Trafalgar, to no one’s surprise, the hosts Braves completed what is hoped to be the first of several championships this year, one of which may be at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

The deep, senior Braves took a 28-2 lead after a quarter and coasted the rest of the way. Ayla Lollar had 10 of her 12 points in those eight minutes for the winner, while Lauren Foster scored 15 and Faith Wiseman, a 6ft 4 Indiana University recruit, had 16 points and sat out in the fourth quarter.

Katelyn Fennell had 25 Vikings points.

“[The Braves] pressed to start the game [which kept Fennell from getting the ball in scoring position]’ reported West Vigo coach Jon Kirchoff. “We weren’t ready for what was coming and we played with fear for the first two minutes of the game. I thought once we got over that we worked hard, but there’s a reason [the Braves] are valued as highly as they are.”

Fennell is nearing the 1,000-point mark, Kirchhoff said, and could reach that milestone in Tuesday’s home games against Riverton Parke or Thursday’s against North Vermillion.

“I really can’t say enough good things about her,” Kirchhoff said. “She worked very hard for this and definitely deserved and deserved it.”

West Vigo are 7-14 overall and finished the WIC 3-7 ahead of Tuesday’s game. Indian Creek, 21-1 and 9-0, wraps up its regular and WIC seasons at home to South Putnam on Thursday.

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