From the desk of Mark Potts….
The 7th grade boys started their practices in October. They have been working very hard on their games as individuals and as a team. From the time of our first practice to our last game of the first half of the season against Pike Central on December 19th, the 7th grade team has improved in many parts of the game. Offensively they are starting to move the ball better and learning how to play with each other. Defensively is where I have seen the biggest improvement. Their help side defense is getting better and being able to help and recover. To conclude the fist half of the season, the 7th grade Lions are 7-7. We got off to a rough start to the season getting beat 3 of our first 4 games. We lost to Barr Reeve, beat Shoals 33-15, lost to Forest Park 37-13, and lost to North Knox in a defensive battle 15-14. After the North Knox game is where we started to turn the corner. If you take the first 4 games out, we have went 6-4, with all the games being competitive and with a break here or there we could have won a couple more of those games. We went on to defeat Northeast Dubois 35-20, Orleans 21-11, Washington 30-19, Oolitic 32-17, WC and Pike Central 50-16. During that span we lost games to Jasper in a very competitive game at Jasper 28-21, Bloomfield in a triple overtime thriller at Bloomfield 41-36, Tri-North out of Bloomington 47-36 after cutting the lead to 4 after being down 20 points in the 2nd quarter, and Springs Valley 40-35, where we had a 9 point lead in the 3 quarter.
If a couple of things go our way, we could very easily be 10-4. The kids have worked their tails off and getting contributions from players that was not expected to begin the year.
Our catalysts this year have been Luke Nonte, John Whitworth, and Jacob Bowman, In each of our 14 games, one of those 3 players have been our leading scorer. Bowman is our presence inside and has improved on his post moves and shot. From the beginning of the year until now, he has been more physical inside and has resulted in better games for him. John Whitworth has improved his scoring from the beginning of the year. He is kncocing down the outside shot and well as taking the ball to the rim and scoring. Luke Nonte is really good at finding his open teammates and a good scorer for us. He is a player who is not afraid to get physical and be aggressive and has use that to create havoc for the opposing offense. When he "keeps it simple", he is our most dangerous player not because he can score but that he can find the open guy and get other teammates points too. Daylon Perkins has been a welcomed surprise this season. He has a good jump shot and has knocked down some big shots for us, especially the 3 point bucket he made to send it to the 3rd overtime in Bloomfield. Mason Roark has improved since the beginning of the season becoming more confident and more physical. The last game against Pike Central was his best game by being more physical underneath and rebounding. Ethan Graber gets in there and battles. Many of the times he is undersized, guarding players bigger than him and has improved drastically on the defensive boards. Wade Graber is our workhorse. when he gets into the game, we know one thing for sure…he is going to REBOUND. There have been many times he extends possessions for us on the offensive glass. Trysten Stevens can knock down shots for us. He is an accurate shooter from the field and free throw line and expect him to shoot more in the 2nd half of the season when he is in the game. Sam Ausbrooks came in to year not playing in 5h and 6th grade basketball because he was home-schooled. He by far has improved the most since the beginning of the year. He will battle and get after the ball and will post hard and has improved on his fundamentals. Hunter Lawburgh is our bull. He is a physical basketball player and will do whatever it takes to get the job done.
I look for this grade to keep improving and look forward to see our record at the end of the year because I see good things happening with these kids!
Next year's 7th graders will be playing at Olney Community College in a shootout On Thursday, June 9th. Their schedule is as follows:
Bus leaves LHS at 8:30 am.
Loogootee vs Paris Mayo 10:30am (Court 2)
Loogootee vs Paris Crestwood 11:15 am (Court 2)
Loogootee vs Raccoon 12:45 pm (Court 1)
Loogootee vs Flora 2:15 pm (Court 1)
**All times listed are Eastern time.
Players should bring money for lunch (Subway) and are encouraged to bring their own drinks. There will be a concession stand at the gym.
From The Desk of Mark Potts….
From The Desk of Mark Potts…
From the Desk of Mark Potts….
From The Desk of Mark Potts…
Coach Mark Potts and the 7th grade Lions traveled to North Daviess for a tournament on Saturday and brought home the championship. While final scores and statistics were not available for the first two games, Coach Potts reports that the Lions used the the same balanced scoring attack in game one vs North Daviess that we have been accustomed to seeing out of this group. In game two the Lions beat the Linton Miners. Coach Potts commended the defense of Levi Pendley and the scorying of Silas Bauer and Bryant Eckerle.
Wins in the first two rounds set a up a championship game against rival Barr Reeve. Loogootee led by double figures for much of the second half but settled for a 56-47 championship victory. Silas Bauer had his best game of the year totaling 23 point and 9 rebounds. Pendley hit some cluch free throws down the stretch and finished with 12 points. Jalen Wildman hit several outside shots as he tallied 12 points, his brother Jordan chipped in with 8 points of his own. Coach Potts noted that a key part of the game was when Jace Walton and Seth Blackwell stepped up to the challenge as the Lions had to fight off some foul trouble.
Congratulations to the 7th grade as they remain undefeated on the year.
The 7th and 8th grade basketball teams traveled to North Knox on Thursday night and brought home "W's". Coach Potts and Coach Hawkins report great team efforts from both squads.
In the 7th grade game the young Lions got off to another quick start thanks in part to Silas Bauer and Bryant Eckerle's work inside. The lions led 18-7 after the first quarter and and bumped that up to 34-18 at half. Coach Pott said the offensive explosion in the first half was the result of great overall team ball movement and the Lions guards ability to penetrate and dump the ball off to the post players. Eckerle and Basuer dominated the glass for most of the evening. The team turned in another balanced night in the scoring column with Bauer leading the way with 14 points. Jordan Wildman and Levi Pendley finished in double figures with 13 and 10 points. Jalen Wildman scored 8, Bryant Eckerle 6, Jace Walton 4, and Austin Brittain 2. The victory moves the 7th grade's record to 4-0.
The 8th grade unfortunately didn't enjoy the quick start in their game like the 7th grade did. Coach Hawkins' team struggled early. 8 first half turnovers and a lack of defensive intensity being the two main issues. Coach Hawkins got things straightened out at halftime and after only leading 16-11 at intermission, the Lions outscored the Warriors by 12 in the second half to post the victory by a final score of 45-28. The second half turnaround was credited to a concerted effort to battle the taller North Knox squad in the paint and chase down loose balls on the defensive end of the floor, while limiting turnovers on the offensive end of the floor. The Lions were led in scoring by Landon Harder and Sebastian Toy who scored 13 and 11 points. Alex Bowling added 7 points. The victory makes 3 in a row for the 8th grade and improves their record to 3-1 on the season.
The 7th and 8th grade hosted Forest Park in JBA on Monday evening. Both teams posted impressive victories against two pretty tall and athletic Forest Park teams. Loogootee's overall team speed and skill were definitely the deciding factors in both games.
In the 8th grade game the Lions fell behind early. In fact, the visiting Rangers led 17-10 at one point in the 2nd quarter and were threatening to runaway with the game. THe Lions hung in there and picked up the defensive intensity. After forcing a few Ranger turnovers they were able to get a couple of lay-us and a 3 pointer to tie the game at 17. Neither team scored in the final minute of the half and the score remained tied at halftime. Loogootee continued to assault the visiting Rangers with the full court press in the 2nd half which allowed them to take control of the game. The press got the offense rolling and the 8th grade scored an impressive 26 second half points to come away with a 43-36 victory.
The Lions had several players enter the scoring column. They were led by Landon Harder's 11 ponts. Sebastion Toy also hit double figures with 10. Christopher Jones added 7. The 8th grade improved their record to 2-1.
In the 7th grade game the Lions raced up and down the court enroute to a 17-5 first quarter lead. They were able to extend that lead to 29-8 at halftime. Most of the early damage started with the defensive pressure of the Lions. This defensive intensity allowe the home team to create many turnovers which in turn led to quality scoring opportunities. Bryant Eckerle and Levi Pendley jump stared the Lions offense with several early baskets. Loogootee's ball movement was particulary impressive in the first half.
Jalen Wildman led the offense with 13 points, Pendley finished with 12, Eckerle with 9, and Jase Walton scored 7.
Both teams are in action again on Thursday when they travel to North Knox.
The 7th and 8th grade teams traveled to Shoals on Saturday morning and came away with a couple of impressive victories.
The 7th grade jumped out to an early 18-7 lead at the end of the first quarter and increased that lead to 33-11 at intermission. It was more of the same for the Lions in the second half as they finished the game on top 60-24. The Lions had three players in double figures led by Silas Bauer's 15 points. Levi Pendley and Jordan Wildman both finished with 11 points. The 7th grade was once again balanced in the scoring column as Jalen Wildman had 7 points, Jace Walton and Seth Blackwell 5 points, Bryant Eckerle scored 4 and Austin Britain chipped in with 2. Coach Pott commented, "Our kids played hard all game, especially Austin Britain. Austin came off the bench and and really sparked us with his effort." He went on to say, "I was impressed that we had 15 assists as a team. We need to continue to work on our defense and our ability to contain the dribble."
The 8th grade evened their record on the season to 1-1 with a 43-24 victory. The Lions jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter, but seemed to struggle to score in the 2nd period. They took a narrow 1 pont lead into the lockeroom at halftime. Coach Hawkins employed a full court press in the third quarter which proved to be just the perfect perscription for the ailing Lions offense. The defensive pressure created numerous Shoals turnovers and subsequent scoring opportunities for the visitors. The Lions cruised in the second have to post the 19 point victory. Landon Harder and Connor Hedrick led a balanced scoring attack for Loogootee as they both tallied 9 points in the victory.
The 7th and 8th grade will be in action again Monday evening when the Forest Park Rangers visit JBA.