For one quarter Tuesday it looked as though it was going to be another game to the wire for the Southwood basketball team as they took on the Tippecanoe Valley Vikings. After a close first quarter the Vikings were just to much for the Knights to handle, falling to Valley 69-46.
It took over a minute for the first point of the game to come, a free throw from Connor Hobbs, followed by a bucket from Sexton Boggs and the Knights were up 3-0. Valley would respond with a 6-0 run to go up 6-3 and then it would be a see saw battle the rest of the quarter with Valley leading 18-14. Connor Hobbs had 7 points in the quarter. Levi Winget added 5.
Valley’s Nick Kindig would connect to start the second quarter to give the Vikings a 20-14 lead before Hobbs connected on a three to make it 20-17. With Valley up 25-20, Hobbs would connect on his second three of the quarter and it was 25-23. Southwood would then foul Valley’s Alex Thacker on a missed three point shot, with Thacker making all three free throws that started a 7-0 run and the Vikings led 32-23. Hobbs would then find the net for his third three, followed by a Robbie Cole bucket and the Knights were back in the game at 32-28. Valley would score the last three buckets of the quarter, two by Kindig and the Vikings led 39-28 at the half.
Kindig would score 4 of his game high 26 points to start the third quarter when Jackson Blair hit. After trading buckets the Vikings would hit two in a row and the lead grew to 20 points at 52-32. Hobbs, Levi Sutton and Winget would hit three straight for the Knights to make it 52-38 before Valley would end the quarter on a 7-1 run and it was 59-39 after three.
Tanner Andrews would hit for two of his 18 points to start the fourth quarter and Valley would out score the Knights 10-7 in the final quarter for the 69-46 score.
Leading the Knights was Connor Hobbs with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Levi Winget had 9 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assist. Sexton Boggs had 7 points, Jackson Blair 4 and Levi Sutton 2.
For Valley, Nick Kindig had 26, Tanner Andrews 18 and Alex Thacker 11.