For the second consecutive night, Terre Haute North won a high school basketball game after getting off to a scintillating start.

And on Saturday night, the visiting Patriots needed every one of those early points to hold off host Vincennes Lincoln 66-58 in a game that went from blowout to dogfight in a very short time.

“We got off to another good start,” said coach Todd Woelfle, whose team had a 29-11 halftime lead on Friday on its way to a 49-33 win over Northview, “and that was very big for our second game in a row, this one on the road in a tough environment.”

Opposing coaches have made similar statements about winning at Vincennes for many decades now, so the Patriots should have known better if they had any tendencies toward relaxation after erupting for a 15-3 lead behind an early flurry by Logan Shipley, who scored 10 of North’s first 13.

“I thought we battled all night long,” said coach Jeff Hein of the Alices. “I’m extremely proud of our kids’ effort ... we faced some adversity early.”

North led 18-7 at the first stop, running some nice offense to get a successful jumper by Thomas Anderson near the first-period buzzer. But sophomore Jantzen Goodwin hit two 3-pointers and a pair of free throws to start the second quarter as the lead quickly melted to 20-15.

Vincennes crept within three points, then two, then one on two occasions. But the visitors never gave up the lead in the second quarter, using pairs of free throws by Chris O’Leary and Anderson to hold off the home team’s rallies, and the score was 29-26 at halftime.

A jump shot by Kyle Tucker and a driving layup by Matt McCoy shortly after a steal by McCoy — both plays omens of problems to come for the Patriots — put Vincennes ahead 30-29 with 6:27 left in the third quarter. But North responded quickly and decisively.

Less than 30 seconds later the Patriots had the lead for good on a rebound basket by Justin Gant, and Gant had seven of the points — including three more following another offensive rebound — in a 9-0 run that seemingly had the visitors safe again with a 38-30 lead.

“Part of athletics is learning how to deal with adversity,” Woelfle said afterward, “and for the most part we did a pretty good job ... after [the Alices] took the lead, we were able to get the ball in the post pretty well.”

A defensive switch also helped at this juncture.

“We did a good job defensively in the first half, but we gambled too much [and gave up some 3-pointers as a result],” Woelfle said. “In the second half we got gassed so we went to a zone, and that got [the Alices] standing a little bit.”

By the end of the third quarter, North led 44-34. The lead was 12 when Anderson opened the fourth quarter with an inside basket, and it was still 51-40 following a steal and controversial three-point play by Shipley near the midpoint of the period.

But the Alices weren’t finished.

A 3-pointer by Goodwin cut the lead to eight, problems against the Vincennes press required a pair of timeouts sandwiched around a steal by McCoy and a 3-pointer by Tucker, and in a little more than 30 seconds the lead had been cut to 51-46. Fortunately the Patriots hit 11 of 14 free throws down the stretch — and 22 of 30 for the game — to overcome occasional losses of composure.

“Those are some things that we’ll correct,” said Woelfle. “We didn’t take care of the ball at the end as well as we’d like.”

Gant’s second-half outburst helped him to game-high totals of 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Shipley scored 17 with five steals and Anderson had 14 points and seven rebounds. North nearly doubled the Alices in rebounds.

McCoy, after getting just one point in the first half, finished with 19 points and six steals for the Alices, while Goodwin scored 16 and Tucker 15.

“Terre Haute North is a very good basketball team, with two of the best kids in southern Indiana on the inside,” Hein concluded. “To be in the game, as undersized as we are, is a credit to our kids.”



Terre Haute North 66

Player fg 3pt ft r s pf tp

Gant 8-13 0-1 4-6 10 0 4 20

Shipley 6-9 2-4 3-3 2 5 5 17

Anderson 4-6 0-0 6-9 7 1 2 14

O'Leary 1-3 0-1 3-4 6 0 1 5

Jones 2-6 0-1 4-6 2 0 3 8

Sponsler 0-2 0-2 0-0 0 0 1 0

Gauer 0-0 0-0 2-2 1 0 2 2

Blank 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0

Totals 21-39 2-9 22-30 *35 6 19 66

Vincennes Lincoln 58

Player fg 3pt ft r s pf tp

Heinz 1-5 1-2 1-2 6 3 5 6

Hammond 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 0

Tucker 6-9 2-4 1-2 3 1 4 15

McCoy 6-13 0-1 7-9 1 6 4 19

Goodwin 4-8 4-6 4-4 1 1 4 16

Klumpp 1-3 0-1 2-3 0 1 3 4

Stone 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0

Shots 0-1 0-0 0-1 4 0 1 0

Totals 18-39 7-14 15-21 *18 13 23 58

Terre Haute North 18 11 15 22 -- 66

Vincennes Lincoln 7 19 8 24 -- 58

FG Pct. -- THN .538, VL .462. 3-pt FG Pct. -- THN .222, VL .500. FT Pct. -- THN .733, VL .714. (*) Includes team rebounds -- THN 6, VL 3. Turnovers -- THN 16, VL 12. Assists -- THN 13 (Jones 4, Gant 4), VL 10 (Heinz 4). Blocks -- THN 3 (Gant 2), VL 1 (Tucker). Technical foul -- Jones.

JV -- Terre Haute North 36 (Sidney Moore 13), Vincennes Lincoln 23 (Brayde Brown 8).

Next -- North (3-0) opens Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference play Friday at Ben Davis. Vincennes Lincoln (0-1) plays Friday at Mt. Carmel, Ill.

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