The Banks of the Wabash overflowed with a blue wave of Rockville ball defenders on Saturday night.
Riverton Parke was swept up in the tide.
Relentless Rox pressure was too much for the Panthers to overcome. A 20-3 second quarter, in which Riverton Parke had 11 turnovers, was the difference as Rockville cruised to a 66-33 in the championship game of the Banks of the Wabash Tournament.
Riverton Parke committed 24 turnovers overall against Rockville’s trapping defense. It’s nothing new for the Class A No. 2 Rox.
“That’s our calling card. We try to guard people and make it difficult by sustaining pressure throughout the game,” Rockville coach Dave Mahurin said. “We’re pretty good at it right now, but we’ve got a long way to go.”
Lane Mahurin led Rockville (4-0) with 20 points. Jordon McFall was 5 of 7 from 3-point range and chipped in 16 points. Gary Ulrich had 15.
Riverton Parke did a good job controlling tempo in the opening period. The Panthers were patient on offense and made Rockville work for shots. Rockville led 15-12 at the end of the period and it looked as though the Rox were going to get a title game challenge.
“I didn’t think we were sharp in the first quarter. We tried to perform instead of play. We’ve got so many people patting us on the back right now we forget that any team can beat us on any night,” Mahurin said.
Riverton Parke’s resistance subsided in a dominant Rockville second quarter. Mahurin scored the first five points of the quarter to give Rockville a 20-12 lead, but it was the Rox’ ball pressure that bothered Riverton Parke the most. Swarming traps and Rockville’s ability to force turnovers turned the game on its head. When the Panthers got the ball into a half-court situation, they couldn’t do much with it. Riverton Parke was 1 of 7 from the field in the period.
“We’ve played them five times in the last two years and it’s the exact same thing every single game. We freak out and start playing like chickens with our heads cut off,” Riverton Parke coach Charlie Martin said.
Mahurin had 16 points by halftime with two dunks accounting for part of the tally. Keiontre Wilkey, Nick Waltz and John Brown each had at least two steals by halftime as the Rox pushed their advantage to 35-15.
Riverton Parke (1-3) was led by Luther Mathas with eight points. Kole Sanders had seven.
“We got a win in the tournament. We’ve got a long season ahead of us. We’ll keep working hard,” Martin said.
North Vermillion (1-1) defeated Turkey Run 62-41 in the third place game. Brayden Woodard led the Falcons with 22 points and Jacob Earl added 18. Riley Sunderman paced the Warriors (0-3) with 17 points.
ROCKVILLE (66) – Mahurin 8-12 4-7 20, Wilkey 2-6 4-4 8, Ulrich 7-13 1-3 15, McFall 5-7 1-2 16, Waltz 2-8 0-0 4, Baysinger 0-1 0-0 0, J. Brown 0-0 0-0 0, Thurman 1-6 0-0 2, R. Brown 0-4 0-0 0, Griffin 0-1 0-0 0, Weisheit 0-1 0-0 0, Eldridge 0-0 0-0 0. 25-59 FG, 10-16 FT, 66 TP.
RIVERTON PARKE (33) – Sanders 3-8 0-0 7, Bovair 1-4 2-2 5, Haltom 2-9 2-2 6, Edge 0-5 0-0 0, Organ 0-2 0-0 0, Falls 3-4 0-0 6, Mathas 3-6 0-0 0, Myers 0-0 0-0 0, Thomas 0-0 1-2 1. 12-38 FG, 5-7 FT, 33 TP.
Rockville 15 20 20 11 — 66
Riverton Parke 12 3 6 12 — 33
3-point shooting — Rox 6-18 (McFall 5-7, Waltz 1-4, Mahurin 0-2, Ulrich 0-2, Wilkey 0-1, Griffin 0-1, Weisheit 0-1), RP 4-14 (Mathas 2-3, Sanders 1-5, Bovair 1-4, Haltom 0-1, Organ 0-1). Rebounds — Rox 39 (Mahurin 7), RP 20 (Edge 4, Falls 4). Steals — Rox 16 (Wilkey 5), RP 9 (Haltom 3). Blocks — Rox 1 (Mahurin), RP 2 (Falls 2). Turnovers — Rox 17, RP 24, Total fouls – Rox 11, RP 13.
Next — Riverton Parke (1-3) plays at Turkey Run on Friday. Rockville (4-0) plays host to South Vermillion on Saturday.
TURKEY RUN (41) – Nevins 1 0-0 2, Amstutz 2 3-3 7, Thomas 1 0-1 2, Hunt 1 0-0 2, Ferguson 1 0-2 3, Jones 2 0-0 5, Sunderman 7 3-4 17, Budd 0 3-4 3. 15 FG, 9-13 FT, 41 TP.
NORTH VERMILLION (62) – Zumwalt 3 3-4 11, Lee 1 1-1 3, Hollowell 0 0-0 0, Wright 3 2-5 8, Woodard 6 9-10 22, Earl 8 2-4 18, Sams 0 0-0 0. 21 FG, 17-24 FT, 62 TP.
Turkey Run 8 13 9 11 — 41
North Vermillion 15 11 15 19 — 62
3-point goals — Budd, Ferguson; Zumwalt 2, Woodard. Total fouls — TR 21, NV 13. Technical foul — Turkey Run bench.
Next — Turkey Run (0-3) plays at Notre Dame de la Salette on Tuesday. North Vermillion (1-1) plays at Georgetown Ridge Farm on Dec. 14.
In other boys basketball Saturday:
• Sullivan 68, Shakamak 54 — At Jasonville, Class 2A’s 10th-ranked visitors pulled away in the second half behind five double-figure scorers.
Jake Kinnaman led Sullivan with 14 points, while Nathan Pirtle added 12, Mike Willis and Max Gregory 11 each and Michael Hutchcraft 10. Brodie Crowe had a game-high 20 points and Brandon Morin 13 for the Lakers.
SULLIVAN (68) — Weszely 1 2-4 4, Willis 5 1-4 11, Pirtle 4 0-1 12, King 2 0-0 6, Gregory 2 7-8 11, Kinnaman 6 2-3 14, Hutchcraft 5 0-0 10, Perkinson 0 0-0 0, McPhail 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 FG, 12-20 FT, 68 TP.
SHAKAMAK (54) — Walters 0 0-0 0, West 0 5-6 5, Crowe 8 1-2 20, Schubla 1 1-4 3, Cox 0 0-0 0, Collins 0 0-0 0, Green 3 2-2 9, Mescher 0 0-0 0, McDonald 0 0-0 0, Morin 3 7-13 13, Burris 0 0-0 0, Bessling 2 0-0 4. Totals 17 FG, 16-27 FT, 54 TP.
Sullivan 15 14 19 20 — 68
Shakamak 18 10 13 13 — 54
3-point goals — Pirtle 4, King 2, Crowe 3, Green. Total fouls — Sullivan 22, Shakamak 19. Fouled out — Crowe.
JV — Sullivan 36, Shakamak 29.
Next — Sullivan (3-0) plays Friday at Evansville North. Shakamak is 0-2.
• White River Valley 54, North Central 43 — At Farmersburg, Cade Hill had a game-high 14 points to lead the Wolverines to a SouthWestern Indiana Athletic Conference win.
Gavin Stanifer had 12 points and Austin Jewell 11 for the Thunderbirds.
WHITE RIVER VALLEY (54) — Fisher 2 0-0 5, Ingram 4 0-0 10, Gamble 4 1-4 9, Ca.Hill 4 5-6 14, English 1 1-2 4, Mowery 4 0-0 8, Barnett 2 0-1 4. Totals 21 FG, 7-13 FT, 54 TP.
NORTH CENTRAL (43) — Greene 2 2-2 6, Stanifer 3 4-7 12, Jewell 4 2-3 11, Drake 3 2-4 8, Stucker 1 0-0 3, Peterson 0 1-2 1, Nikirk 1 0-0 2, Lebeda 0 0-2 0. Totals 14 FG, 11-20 FT, 43 TP.
White River Valley 19 16 7 12 — 54
North Central 12 9 4 18 — 43
3-point goals — Ingram 2, Fisher, Ca.Hill, English, Stanifer 2, Jewell, Stucker. Total fouls — WRV 20, NC 15. Fouled out — Ingram, Lebeda.
JV — White River Valley won.
Next — North Central (1-3, 0-2 SWIAC) hosts North Daviess on Friday.
n Northview 46, Brown County 44 — At Nashville, the visiting Knights picked up a Western Indiana Conference win.
No further details were available at press time.
In Illinois games Friday:
• Marshall 71, Hutsonville-Palestine 61 — At Hutsonville, Ill., four players scored in double digits for the Lions as they improved to 4-1.
Keegan Steele led the winners with 23 points. Taylor Maurer had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Cray Bloodworth had 10 boards.
Marshall plays its first home game Tuesday against Casey.
• Salem 59, Paris 45 — At Salem, Ill., Zack Lueken had 17 points for 2-3 Paris in Friday's game.
Paris will be host to Mount Zion next Friday.
The Banks of the Wabash overflowed with a blue wave of Rockville ball defenders on Saturday night.
- High School
West Vigo boys pick up big win at Brown County
When a young high school basketball team walks into a new situation, a new experience, the coach never knows what to expect. West Vigo gave coach Joe Boehler a nice surprise Saturday, even an early Christmas present at Brown County.
Led by Braiden Cardinal, Hayden Corenflos and Alex West, and strong leadership from point-guard Tyler Hayes, West Vigo overpowered Brown County 53-45 on the Eagles’ home court.
Terre Haute North falls in double overtime to Ben Davis
Ben Davis was stronger down the finish in girls high school basketball Saturday and the Giants were able to defeat Terre Haute North 71-65 in two overtimes.
Prep roundup: Rox boys need 2 OT to get past South Putnam
Rockville will head into next week’s Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic with a 3-2 record after surviving a double-overtime thriller against to defeat South Putnam (1-5) on Friday night by a score of 56-50 in boys high school basketball.
Patriots get sustainability lesson from Pioneers
There were signs in the first quarter on Friday that Terre Haute North’s boys basketball team might be on to something.
Trailing 10-2 early, South second unit sparks offense in victory
Terre Haute South’s goal is to make its boys high school basketball opponents as uncomfortable as possible with full-court pressure and in-your-face defense.
Linton tops Shakamak
Linton moved the basketball and took advantage of Shakamak’s aggressive defense Friday night for a 66-55 Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference boys high school basketball victory.
Terre Haute North girls fight off West Vigo
Sometimes the twain doesn’t meet.
West Vigo’s girls basketball team had its highest win total (five) entering its annual matchup with Terre Haute North since the 2000-01 season.
Pushing tempo: TH South builds some momentum with first victory of season
North Central hung tight with Terre Haute South through the entire first half Wednesday night in boys high school basketball. The Braves showed signs of pulling away in the opening 16 minutes, before eventually pushing the tempo to wear down the Thunderbirds.
Prep basketball: Bendickson leads Pats’ girls
Terre Haute North was nothing but net for most of the third period in girls high school basketball Tuesday night as the Patriots defeated visiting Northview 61-50.
North outscored the Knights 28-8 in the third quarter, hitting 10 of 13 shots, including 6 of 7 3-pointers.
Jennifer Bendickson led the Patriots with 20 points. She was 4 of 5 from 3-point range in the third period and was 7 of 14 for the game, making 6 of 11 3-pointers.
Prep basketball: North boys lose on road
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.
Prep roundup: North wrestling nips Sullivan
Terre Haute North senior Ryan Moshak delivered the decisive win for Terre Haute North wrestling Tuesday, providing a technical fall at 182 pounds in a 40-39 victory for the Patriots at Sullivan.
Ethan Edington, Peyton Webster, Thomas Dull, Tyler Gilmore, Sean Elia and Dalton Berry all added victories via pin for Terre Haute North.
Never too young to learn finer points of high school basketball
West Vigo girls basketball coach Ryan Easton hopes to have a consistent, winning high school program. The 10th-year coach of the Vikings has started a program for elementary-age girls at the West Terre Haute Community Center. Those future Vikings were honored on the floor of the Jim Mann Green Dome prior to last week’s Western Indiana Conference matchup against Northview.
Metro: Wittman, Small ready to play for Sycamores
Indiana State’s women’s basketball team will be a little deeper on Wednesday when the Sycamores play at East Tennessee State.
Tonight’s prep basketball
Terre Haute North plays at Bloomington South tonight.
PREP ROUNDUP: WRC honors top fall athletes
Wabash River Conference all-conference honors have been accorded for the fall sports season.
Noth Vermillion was the conference champ in football, while Seeger claimed the volleyball title.
Not quite: Late West Vigo rally falls short in loss to Northview
t was uphill all the way for West Vigo’s boys in Western Indiana Conference high school basketball Friday night, and in the fourth quarter the Vikings got to the summit — only to slide back off, visiting Northview shaking off West Vigo’s 13-0 run to win 46-39.
Turnovers prove too much for Pats
Terre Haute North played some good defense Friday night at Ben Davis. Coach Todd Woelfle pointed out that when the Patriots forced the Giants to run their half-court offense it was a much different game.
Preps: All Vigo County athletic events for Saturday postponed
All Vigo County athletic events scheduled for today have been postponed. Several boys basketball games scheduled for Friday night were also postponed.
Bertoli, Morris named Tribune-Star's Fall Sports Athletes of the Year
In some ways, the 2013 Tribune-Star Fall Sports Athletes of the Year are similar to the 2012 winners — identical in one case.
But even though Terre Haute South distance runner Jackson Bertoli is a repeat winner of the fall award, his path to it was a lot harder, and perhaps even more rewarding as a result.
And as Shelbi Morris of Northview inherits the honor from former volleyball teammate Brylie Riddell, she too had a different path that was rewarding, as the Knights became regional champions for the first time since 1984.
Tribune-Star's all-Wabash Valley fall prep teams chosen
All-Wabash Valley teams
Boys cross country
Jackson Bertoli, Terre Haute South, Runner of the Year, Fall Sports Athlete of the Year
This time don't use your head
My personal suggestion is leather helmets.
As frightening data on concussions filters its way from the National Football League on down to colleges, high schools and youth leagues, I can’t help but think back to the time when I was standing on the sidelines watching my teammates play.
North girls win at Sullivan
Layne Curley and Sierra Sykes paced Terre Haute North to a a 67-52 victory over Sullivan in girls high school basketball Thursday by scoring 18 and 17 points respectively.
Patriots get past Vikings for coach Frisz's 300th victory
By guiding Terre Haute North over host West Vigo 48-30 in high school wrestling Wednesday night inside the Green Dome, Mark Frisz chalked up the 300th victory of his 24-year coaching career.
“When you coach a long time, those things happen,” said Frisz, whose first season in charge of the Patriots was 1990-91. “I know there are coaches who have 600, 700 wins, but not very many.
PREP ROUNDUP: Fendrick leads South to girls basketball win
Kylie Fendrick scored a team-high 13 points as Terre Haute South’s girls basketball team pulled away from Indianapolis Tech in the second half for a 62-39 victory at South.
North gets past Knights in boys basketball
With a huge size advantage on the program roster, you wouldn’t need to be Dr. James Naismith to figure out Northview’s strategy Tuesday night against a much shorter Terre Haute North team in boys high school basketball.
Pound the ball inside.
That plan worked well early on, as the visiting Knights bolted out of the gates to an early advantage.
The Patriots hung tough, though, and thanks to some clutch play off the bench from Braxton Poore and Andrew Farmer in the second quarter, delivered a knockout punch from which Northview could never recover.
North used a balanced scoring attack and an almost flawless floor game to record an easier-than-expected 68-43 victory.
Vikings prevail over South Vermillion
Hayden Corenflos was not the tallest player on the court Tuesday night, but he was always close to the rim while leading West Vigo to a 50-36 victory over visiting South Vermillion in boys high school basketball inside the Green Dome.
Corenflos scored 21 points without taking a shot from outside the lane in the Vikings’ second win of the season.
Prep basketball: Kinnaman knocks down 21 as Sullivan defeats Shakamak
Sullivan led most of the way in high school boys basketball Tuesday night to win its second game of the season, defeating Shakamak 77-44.
The Arrows used a 5-0 run to take a 9-4 lead and had a 17-9 advantage after one period. They led 36-20 at the intermission and took a 52-28 lead into the fourth quarter.
Metro: Indiana Hall of Fame lauds two Wabash Valley athletes
Two players from the Wabash Valley have been named members of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Silver Anniversary Team that will be honored in March. Tony McGee and Kenny Rowan are members of the honor team.
Today’s prep basketball games
Northview is at Terre Haute South and South Vermillion is at West Vigo
West Vigo shows its youth in loss to Owen Valley
It was a game that confirmed his fears, coach Joe Boehler said Saturday night after his West Vigo team lost 67-51 in its Western Indiana Conference boys basketball opener to visiting Owen Valley.
“I think our young team showed up tonight,” Boehler said. “We did not handle success very well.”
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