News From Terre Haute, Indiana

December 18, 2013

Prep basketball: North boys lose on road

Steve Fields
Tribune-Star correspondent

BLOOMINGTON — Terre Haute North committed 21 turnovers last Friday while playing at Ben Davis, a member of the conference the Patriots are leaving. On Tuesday night, North matched that number against a future conference opponent, Bloomington South.

Bloomington South converted on many of those turnovers while defeating North 58-32 in boys high school basketball.

“The bottom line, and the No. 1 key tonight, was to take care of the basketball. We weren’t able to do that at Ben Davis and we weren’t able to do that tonight and that led to a lot of easy baskets for Bloomington South,” Terre Huate North coach Todd Woelfle said.

“When you’re playing an experienced basketball team like that, especially on the road, it’s going to be very hard to overcome that. We’re going to have to do a better that [of taking care of the basketball] if we want to be successful.”

Charlie Aimone led the short-handed North squad with 11 points and was the only Patriot in double figures. Illness, injury and personal commitments took Andrew Farmer, Brian Stevens and Casius Bell out of the North gameplan for the night.

Bloomington South was led by 6-foot-5 senior Keaton Hendricks with 10 points.

Bloomington South picked off North’s passes around the perimeter to score layups. When the Patriots and Panthers played in the half, it was competitive.

“It’s the same thing I said at Ben Davis. Once we got into the half-court game we did okay. We were battling, we were competing. But on the offensive end they really took us out of some things and we were dribbling entirely too much. We’ll have to go back, see if we can get corrected and get better,” Woelfle said.

North scored the first five points of the game with Keshuan Sandifer netting two and Aimone hitting a 3-pointer 1 minute and 18 seconds into the game.

“When we did execute tonight good things happened. So we just go to do more of that,” Woelfle said.

But from that point, the Panthers outscored the Patriots 17-4 and led 17-9 going into the second quarter.

North was scoreless the final 1:12 of the first period and the first 3:18 of the second while the Panthers built a 24-9 lead. Kobi Riley broke North’s drought with an inside basket at the 4:42 mark.

Bloomington South led 34-14 at halftime and 42-21 going into the fourth quarter. The Panthers’ lead reached 50-23 midway through the last period.



TERRE HAUTE NORTH (32) — Aimone 3-11 2-2 11, Sandifer 2-7 0-2 5, Riley 3-4 2-4 8, Kurashima 0-4 0-0 0, Brown 2-3 0-0 4, Dennany 0-0 0-0 0, Wolaves 0-0 0-0 0, Poore 1-7 2-2 4, Smith 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 11-37 FG, 6-10 FT, 32 TP.

BLOOMINGTON SOUTH (58) — Hendricks 7-9 3-4 19, Blackwell 3-7 2-3 8, Gooch 1-5 0-1 2, Rogers 4-6 2-2 10, Jager 1-4 0-0 2, Martindale 2-3 4-5 8, Clark 1-2 0-0 2, Gilpin 0-2 0-0 0, Kirby 4-6 2-2 10, Marks 1-1 0-0 2, Stancombe 0-1 0-0 0, Elliott 0-0 0-1 0, Conner 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-46 FG, 11-16 FT, 58 TP.

Terre Haute North    9    5    7    11    —    32

Bloomington South    17    17    8    16    —    58


3-point shooting — THN 4-18 (Aimone 3-9, Sandifer 1-1, Kurashima 0-3, Poore 0-5), BS 3-8 (Hendricks 2-3, Rogers 1-2, Clark 0-1, Jager 0-2). Total fouls — THN 15, BS 13. Fouled out — Kurashima, Gooch. Turnovers — THN 22, BS 12. Rebounds — THN 21 (Sandifer 5), BS 32 (Gooch 9). Steals — THN 3 (Brown 3), BS 10 (Rogers 4).

JV — Bloomington South won 58-28.

Next — Terre Haute North (2-3) will host Mooresville on Friday.