Posted On: 11/26/18 11:04 AM
The first full weekend night of games was a good one. With some close games by top teams facing off, it gave a little more perspective to the upcoming season. We discuss Floyd Central’s massive win, Bloomington South’s 0-2 Start, Lapel takes down Frankton.
Floyd Central’s Clutch Win
Coming into Indianapolis to play a team like Lawrence North is no easy task, especially if it isn’t something you are used to. Floyd Central coming into Lawrence North and walking away with a win was extremely impressive.
On the back’s of Jake Heidbreder and Cobie Barnes, Floyd Central was able to take a lead early, come-from-behind late, and hold on defense to force a bad shot from Lawrence North. While those two players were the best and pretty much all of their offense for a majority of the game, there were a couple others that stepped up late.
And that is the key for Floyd Central, to find other scoring options when deep teams like Lawrence North come to town. Do they have that third scorer? Not sure right now but their top two showed they can handle a whole ton of offense on their own.
Bloomington South’s 0-2 Start
Bloomington South is annually, one of the best teams in the state. No matter who graduates and who steps up, they find a way to win. The last time they won less than 20 games, 2013-14. The last time they had less than a .500 record, 1994-95.
So, getting out to a 0-2 start with losses to Edgewood and New Albany isn’t normal for this team. However, the talent on this team should be able to get things back in order with a still fairly mild schedule coming up. Bedford North Lawrence and Southport come to town for the next two games with Terre Haute North trip just after that.
While you shouldn’t be too worried, it is of note that both Edgewood and New Albany aren’t supposed to be world-beaters this year either. Solid teams don’t get me wrong but winnable games.
Lapel’s Rivalry Win
In a result that shouldn’t surprise as much as it does, Lapel knocked off rival Frankton on Saturday night. This isn’t so strange as Lapel is typically very good but Frankton has the better roster or more accomplished guys, hands down. But, junior Cole Alexander and Bryce Carpenter both stepped up and supplemented senior Luke Richardson’s 26 points and 8 rebounds with a combined 29 points and 13 rebounds of their own.
As we talked in the preseason, Lapel knew they had Luke Richardson, a true forward prospect that can score it at a high level and provide some rebounding ability. But, losing all they did last year, who was going to step up. Well, we might have our answer. And that changes everything.
Over the next couple games, can this be sustainable? If so, we have to look much harder at this Lapel team and just how far can they go with a veteran head coach and senior standout leading the way, but obviously not alone.
Emptying The Notebook:
- Beech Grove knocked off Scecina for their second win this week. They also beat up on Greenfield-Central. In the two games, they combined for 173 points scored. The offense seems to be humming along early this year. Up next, Speedway.
- Ben Davis had a come-from-behind win over Fishers in an early game on Saturday. Fishers looked stellar in the middle part of the game but the combination of Jalen Windham and Dawand Jones was too much as they combined for 54 points of their team’s 76.
- The first big performance for Blackford’s Luke Brown came on Saturday as he put up 44 points in a win over Bluffton. He should have a good week next week with Monroe Central and Blue River coming to town.
- Gary West took down Marquette Catholic last night, 85-72. Led by Quimari Peterson’s 18 points, West was able to get a big early victory. For MC, this is not the start they wanted after such a roller coaster of a season last year.
- Greencastle got a surprising victory over Danville in overtime. Danville should be one of the best 3A teams in the state but a loss to Greencastle will really hurt them. Greencastle starts out the year 2-0 with wins over Danville and Crawfordsville.
- Heritage Hills blew out North Harrison last night, 71-43. This is a solid North Harrison team so the question comes up, “Is Heritage Hills better than we thought?” Murray Becher scored 21 points, Simon Scherry 15, and sophomore Blake Sisley ended with 14 points.
- Crispus Attucks pulled out a win over a tough Brownsburg team, 54-49. Led by senior forward Jaiquan Edwards and his 18 points, 7 rebounds, Attucks picks up a win over a very good 4A program. This is the second team Brownsburg has played with solid, quick guards. Will be interesting to see if this becomes a trend.
- Penn gets a hard fought win over Fort Wayne Carroll, 69-45. For Penn, this is a big win as they don’t venture too often outside of their area so getting a win over a Carroll team that should be pretty good, it will go a long way down the road.
- Plainfield beat Tri-West on Saturday night and now they hold wins over two Hendricks County foes. For a team that doesn’t naturally have a ton of talent and lost an Indiana All-Star, this is an outstanding start.
- We got to watch Westfield completely dismantle Kokomo on Saturday, 75-33. It was a complete game from Westfield who looks like they could be one of the best teams they have had in a while.