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December 29, 2012

Casey’s Wolfe erupts for 31

Warriors drop West Vigo; Linton, Monrovia also triumph

TERRE HAUTE — Casey senior Brandon Wolfe put up a top-20 all-time Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic scoring performance — 31 points — in the Warriors’ 68-49 consolation-bracket victory over West Vigo in boys high school basketball Friday afternoon inside Terre Haute South’s gym.

Wolfe came out of the gates with a hot hand, knocking down his first six shots to post 14 of his team’s first 25 points. Wolfe was happy to see his team pick up its play after a loss to Rockville in the opening round.

“Not to our potential, but we played a little bit better,” Wolfe said. “I just went home and practiced last night. We obviously didn’t have a very good game [Thursday]. We wanted to come back, have a good game and get our confidence back. West Vigo’s a good team.”

The Vikings were a good team at times Friday, but coach Joe Boehler’s group could not overcome 24 turnovers.

Casey led 25-12 20 seconds into the second quarter after taking command with a 12-2 start to the game.

“We kind of got behind the 8-ball,” Boehler said. “It didn’t look like we were interested in playing in the consolation bracket. We played pretty well after spotting them quite a few points.”

West Vigo closed the first half on a 9-3 run to pull within seven. The Vikings stayed close through the third quarter. Casey’s 6-0 spurt put it ahead 44-30 with 1:40 to go in the third, but the Vikings took some momentum into the fourth quarter. Kyle Stewart picked up a steal and assist to Aaron Kirby, then Stewart drove for a layup with 10 seconds left in the period to make it 44-36.

Casey pulled away in the fourth as Zach Murphy buried a 3-pointer to cap a 7-0 spurt that made it 51-36 for the Warriors.

Murphy finished with 12 points and four steals, while Matt McCown chipped in 10 points for Casey.

Kirby led the Vikings with 12 points, while Stewart scored eight of his 11 in the second half.

“Our rebounding was better today, but we’ve got to take better care of the ball. Teams are taking things away from us and we’re just not countering it,” Boehler said.

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