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March 8, 2014

Linton pulls away late to win at North Knox

BICKNELL — Defending smartly and playing the offensive tempo like a finely tuned violin, Linton’s Miners dominated the fourth quarter of a previously air-tight high school basketball game to defeat South Knox 57-45 and repeat as Class 2A Sectional 47 champions.

The defending part and the tempo control were not all that surprising. The repeating part was a little unexpected, however.

“Last year [when the Miners reached the state championship game], we were the [sectional] favorites,” senior Bryant Jackson said after the game. “This year, we were probably not in the top two.”

“It’s pretty sweet,” Linton coach Joey Hart admitted after the game, “This is a good team. There’s been lots of effort and the moment’s not too big for them. We have a lot of guys who pay the price.”

Before their story veers into maudlin territory, be reminded that the Miners — with only Jackson back from the starting lineup of the runner-up team — did manage 16 regular-season wins.

But four teams in the North Knox Sectional field had won at least 15 going into the week, and the Miners had to avenge two regular-season losses [Sullivan on Tuesday in addition to the Spartans] to earn another trip to next weekend’s Southridge Regional.

South Knox had beaten Linton 64-51 a month earlier (Joe Hart, the coach’s father and unpaid assistant coach, joked that it was because he’d been unavailable for the game), but the Miners made a few adjustments for this one.

“I wouldn’t trade my staff for anybody’s,” Joey Hart pointed out. “They were up until 3 this morning.”

With Jackson guarding Spartan star Andrew Scott in box-and-one or triangle-and-two formats, the Miners held Scott without a touch until a tip-in attempt in the final seconds of the first quarter.

Tucker Welton took up some of the slack for South Knox with seven first-quarter points — his only seven, as it turned out — and Isiah Stafford assumed scoring responsibilities until the final quarter, but Scott was flustered and fouled out early in the fourth period.

Offensively, Linton was happy to play deliberately with a lead, no matter how small — yet occasionally interrupted its patience with drives to the basket, mostly by sophomore guard Joe Dieball.

“We wanted to win time of possession,” Joey Hart said, “but we also like to attack the pressure some of the time.”

Linton had one-point leads at the end of each of the first two quarters, although the 28-27 halftime lead marked a comeback for the Spartans; they had trailed 27-21 before Stafford got their last six points of the second quarter.

Ryan Woodward opened the third period with a 3-pointer for a four-point Linton lead, but then South Knox scored on back-to-back steals, one missed free throw keeping both of those steals from turning into three-point plays. Now the Spartans led 32-31, and Joe Dieball was facing his demons.

“I came out in the third quarter and turned the ball over twice in a row,” he said after the game, “so I knew I had to step up. [The Spartans] weren’t guarding me, so I needed to drive and see if I could create shots.”

“We probably lost the Northview game [the last week of the regular season] because he quit attacking pressure and got tentative,” Joey Hart said. “He doesn’t lack confidence. All you have to tell him is ‘Go.’ “

Dieball got a free throw and a driving layup to restore Linton’s lead, and Woodward added a pair of free throws for a 36-33 score. The Miners were still up 38-37 at the third stop.

After a steal by Zach Riddell led to Scott’s fourth foul, the Miners held the ball for more than a minute before Dieball assisted on a basket by Beau Eaton. Stafford scored for South Knox, but the Miners broke a sudden Spartan press when Eaton got the ball to a streaking Dieball for a layup, and Dieball’s penetration moments later set up Eaton for a score and a 44-39 lead.

Those plays were the start of a 13-1 run and suddenly the game wasn’t close anymore.

Joe Dieball led all scorers with 18, hitting 7 of 8 free throws down the stretch. Eaton, whose coach credited him with winning “seven or eight sectionals [including football],” added 10 and Woodward and Jackson had nine each.

Jackson’s total was less than his season average, but it was more than the man he’d guarded had scored.

“He got his playing time as the team’s best defender last year,” Joey Hart said of Jackson.

“I’m used to it,” Jackson agreed. “Last year, I always seemed to be on the guy who was the scorer [for the other team].”

“We guarded who we thought was going to score a lot. It was a great defensive effort,” Dieball added.

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