Southwood wins sectional title

Southwood's Peyton Trexler splits the defense on his way to the basket during Saturday night's Sectional 54 championship game versus Frontier at Lafayette Central Catholic High School. 

By Josh Sigler

LAFAYETTE -- The Southwood Knights avoided a hangover from an emotional win over host Lafayette Central Catholic on Friday night, returning Saturday to rout Frontier 96-42 to claim their second sectional championship in as many years.

“We got that year of experience last year, winning the Oak Hill Sectional,” Southwood coach John Burrus. “That’s kind of carried us in this year’s sectional. Our guys know the course now and they know what it takes. They knew we had to come out tonight and knock Frontier out. We weren’t going to back into this one. We wanted to force the issue.”

The Class A No. 3-ranked Knights (22-3) used a smothering defense to subdue the Falcons (8-17) early. Southwood’s three-quarter-court press netted 17 steals.

The early defensive effort helped the Knights build a 45-20 lead by halftime.

“When you dribble against it, you have some trouble,” Burrus said. “When they had to dribble because we got pressure up on them, they tried to dribble up the middle. That allowed us to start getting (Peyton) Trexler out in the open floor. When he gets going, look out.”

Trexler led the way in the victory Saturday night, finishing with 29 points on 13 of 16 shooting. He added four rebounds, four assists and five steals.

Dallas Holmes added 22 points and 11 rebounds, Matthew Nose finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists, and Carson Blair chipped in 13 points.

Friday night, Southwood overcame a sluggish start to edge host Central Catholic, 70-66.

Southwood fell behind 8-0 in the early stages of the opening stanza, but battled back to pull ahead. Southwood never pulled away, but was able to hold off Central Catholic, handing the hosts their first sectional loss in 16 seasons.

Trexler had another big game in Friday’s semifinal round, pouring in 27 points to help lead the victory charge. Blair added 18 points, while Holmes finished with 11 points and six rebounds.

Southwood advances to the Frankfort Regional Saturday, where they will face North Vermillion (15-13) in the morning session. Seton Catholic (8-18) squares off with Southern Wells (11-14) in the other regional semifinal.

“You want to be playing this time of year,” Burrus said. “You don’t want to be at home watching other teams. That’s why you play all year. When you get this kind of success, you want to keep playing. We’ll let (the team) rest a little bit early in the week, and build towards Saturday. We don’t need to win it Monday or Tuesday, we need to win Saturday. And, we’re not going over there to win one game, we’re going over there to win the regional.”

Norse fall
Northfield’s season came to an end Friday night in a 58-53 loss to Frontier.

The Norse (5-18) jumped out to a 20-7 lead by the end of the first quarter, but the Falcons battled back, out-scoring Northfield 34-15 over the next two periods.

Jared Peas led the Norse with 14 points and five assists, and Kyle Reed added 13 points and seven rebounds.
Clayton Tomlinson (nine points), Logan Peas (eight), and Joe Halderman (seven points, six rebounds) rounded out the leaders for the Norse

Posted on 2018 Mar 06