The Southwood boys varsity basketball team moved their season record to 2-0 with a 75-61 win over Mississinewa Wednesday night. Good free throw shooting and team rebounding were the keys to the Knight’s win.
Collin Huston hit the first bucket of the game and the rest of the quarter belonged to Mike Cook. Cook would score the next 16 points for the Knights, stealing the ball and attacking the bucket. Cook also canned two three pointers in the quarter and Southwood lead 18-13.
The second quarter would have a little more balance for the Knights. Huston hit two three pointers, while Dalton Gentry controlled the boards while adding 4 points. Southwood would go on several mini runs in the quarter, the last one being a 6-0 run capped by Levi Winget hitting right before the buzzer to give the Knights a 36-23 lead heading in to the dressing room.
Mississinewa came out of the half as the aggressor in the third quarter. The Indians out scored the Knights 20-16 to cut the lead to 9 by the end of the quarter, 52-43. Southwood, primarily a long diatance shooting team went cold and allowed the Indians back in the game.
Winget would hit a free throw to put Southwood back up by 10 to start the fourth quarter before Mississinewa hit a couple buckets to cut the lead to six, 55-49. Cody Shafer, a 6’6” senior was put in to the game to even the height advantage the Indians had with 6’7” Brad Kikendall. Shafer immediately helped Gentry even the rebounding and hit three free throws to help the Knights with the win. The game was getting very physical and with 2:57 to go Southwood’s Connor Hobbs was fouled and then Southwood was called for a technical foul. After the officials figured out the mess they had created, letting the wrong team shoot free throws first Hobbs calmly sank both free throws to give Southwood a 69-55 lead. The usual fouling game played out the last two minutes and the Knights hit free throws to win 75-61.
Southwood shot just 29% from the field, but 79% from the free throw line. The Knights out rebounded the Indians 42-26 and won the turn over battle, committing just 9 to Mississinewa’s 31.
Mike Cook lead Southwood with 32 points. Collin Huston added 15 points. Levi Winget had 10 points, Connor Hobbs 9 points, Dalton Gentry 6 points and Codie Shafer 3 points.