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February 1, 2014

West Vigo boys fall short to Southmont

NEW MARKET — Once again, West Vigo played excellent defense Saturday night. The Vikings held host Southmont scoreless for four minutes and 13 seconds at one point and allowed just 51 points for game.

Unfortunately for the Vikings, they continued to struggle on the offensive end, losing their fifth straight game 51-42 to the Mounties in boys high school basketball.

“There were some positives. I thought Hayden Corenflos was very nice on the offensive end, as far as scoring the basketball for us. I thought Austin Sappingfield [played] the most aggressive game I’ve seen him play all year,” West Vigo coach Joe Boehler said.

Corenflos attacked the basket the second half and finished with 18 for the night. The 6-foot-7 Sappingfield was the tallest and most aggressive player on the court, doing everything but score – 14 rebounds, four blocked shots and eight points.

“There are some positives, but there just aren’t enough positives to help us win right now,” Boehler said.

While West Vigo played its fourth game since losing leading scorer Braiden Cardinal, Southmont (3-12) was playing its fourth game with leading scorer Devon Burton back in the lineup. The quick 5-11 senior guard led all scorers with 24 points.

“We let Burton get open a few times, but overall we held them to 52 points and anytime we hold a team under 55 I feel pretty pleased with our defense,” Boehler said.

West Vigo got off to a slow start while Southmont took a 5-0 lead in the first three minutes. Free throws by Alex West, a basket Tyler Hayes and back-to-back offensive rebound buckets by Sappingfield put the Vikings up 8-6.

A put back by Corenflos and two Kernstein free throws gave the Vikings a 12-8 lead with 2:27 left in the first period. But Southmont closed the period with a 5-0 lead for a 13-12 edge going into the second quarter.

Southmont’s half-court trap and aggressive play in the passing lanes caused six West Vigo turnovers in the second quarter. West Vigo trailed by a basket most of the quarter, but Southmont closed the quarter with an 8-0 run to lead 30-22 at halftime.

Led by Corenflos, the Vikings attacked the Mounties’ defense in the third quarter. Corenflos scored eight points and grabbed four rebounds and Sappingfield had four points and three rebounds as the Vikings cut the Mounties’ lead to 41-36 going into the fourth quarter.

West Vigo held Southmont scoreless the first 4:13 of the fourth quarter, getting a five-second guarding call on the Mounties with 4:16 left in the game. Corenflos scored two baskets to get the Vikings within one, 41-40.

“But unfortunately it’s just on the offensive end it’s the same story over and over. We’re making, making some unnecessary turnovers. We kind of hit the panic button,” Boehler said.

Southmont outscored West Vigo 10-2 over the final 3:47 of the game, hitting 8-of-11 free throws down the stretch.

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