by Gary Andrews
The Southwood boys basketball team was hosting Tippecanoe Valley Saturday afternoon, needing a win against the Vikings and one against Northfield next week to clinch a share of the TRC title. Valley spoiled the Knights run at a title, defeating Southwood 76-62 to clinch the TRC with a 7-0 record.
The Knights were pumped and came out on fire in the first, putting up 21 points to lead the first quarter before Valley clamped down on defense, out scoring Southwood 13-7 in the second to lead the Knights 29-28 at the half.
Valley would flex their muscle in the third, scoring 26 points while holding the Knights to 15 for a 55-43 lead after three. The Knights couldn’t cut in to the Valley lead in the fourth, being out scored 21-19 for the 76-62 final.
Leading Southwood was Alex Harmon with 23 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 2 blocks. Corey Phillipy added 18 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals. Jackson Blair had 12 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist. Ross Phillipy had 7 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals. Jacob Lloyd had 2 points. Noah Kirk had 1 rebound. Zach Hobson had 1 steal. Luke Elliott had 3 steals.
The junior varsity fell to Valley 56-25.
Jacob Lloyd led the Knights with 10 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block. Blake Martz added 8 points, 1 rebound. Matt Cox had 4 points, 1 assist, 2 steals. Andrew Finicle had 2 points, 1 assist, 3 steals. Jeffery Finicle had 1 point, 1 rebound, 1 assist. Paul Farlow had 1 rebound. Clay Hinrichsen had 2 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks.