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February 8, 2014

Rox senior Jordan Leach scores 18 to lead team past West Vigo

ROCKVILLE — Saturday started badly for West Vigo before the ball was tipped and its game against Rockville provided little respite.

West Vigo lost starter Tyler Kernstein to illness during shootaround and the VIkings had to scramble to prepare for a Rockville team that loves nothing more than to make life difficult for its opponents.

Thrown off balance, West Vigo got off to a bad start. The Rox controlled the boards, forced turnovers and was able to score off both in opening 16 minutes as it rode a big early advantage over the Vikings and cruised to a 54-42 victory.

“We were making adjustments right when we got here and got off to a terrible start,” West Vigo coach Joe Boehler said. “You go through several days of practice expecting to go one direction with things. Then you have to make that adjustment right before, but that’s part of the game.”

West Vigo lost its sixth game in a row. Its last win was on Dec. 27 against Shakamak in the Pizza Hut Classic. Rockville’s victory broke a two-game losing skid for the Rox.

Rockville senior Jordan Leach made it a memorable Senior Night for himself as he led all scorers with 18. Lance Hopkins had 11 rebounds for the Rox. Hayden Corenflos’ 14-point effort paced the Vikings.

The Vikings (4-10) were behind the 8-ball from the start. Rockville’s Jordan Leach scored the first six points of the game and helped stake the Rox to an 8-0 advantage.

Austin Sappingfield’s 3-pointer at 5:23 was a breakthrough for the Vikings, but it’s the only bucket West Vigo would get in the first quarter. Meanwhile, the Rox forced steals and got second-chance buckets on its way to a 16-5 first-quarter lead.

It was a nightmarish opening period for the Vikings. West Vigo was 1 of 10 from the field and had six turnovers in the opening stanza.

“We had talked before the game that some things we were going to have to do to win the game was take care of the ball and rebound. We got dominated in both of those areas,” Boehler said.

It got marginally better for West Vigo before halftime, but the Rox still managed to dominate the boards. At halftime, Rockville’s rebounding advantage was 18-7 and it was a big reason the Rox led by 17 at the break. Rockville finished the game with a 33-16 edge on the boards.

“Our big guys are not only big, but athletic. They do a good job most nights controlling the glass,” Rockville coach Ryan Luce said.

West Vigo cut its deficit to 11 in the third quarter as Hayden Corenflos heated up with three buckets in the first three minutes, but Leach countered by sparking the Rox.

Leach scored six and assisted on another Rockville bucket in a 10-2 Rockville run that put the contest out of the Vikings’ reach.

“It being Senior Night, I think Jordan played inspired. It showed what he can do when he’s under control. His athleticism is tough to match up with,” Luce said.

West Vigo next plays at make-up game at Riverton Parke on Monday. Rockville (10-8) plays host to Greencastle on Thursday.

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