Knights win Sectional title

By Eric Christiansen

For the third time in four years the Southwood Knights are sectional champions.

After a close first quarter it was all Southwood with a dominating 78-25 win over Lakeland Christian Saturday night, March 7 to win the Southern Wells Sectional.

“It was a different sectional, and it was a little different, but it's still going on the banner,” Southwood head coach John Burrus said.

Southwood trailed 3-2 two minutes into the game before finding its offensive rhythm.

Connor Rich started an 8-0 run with a basket followed by a three-point play from Jackson Simons and a three-pointer from Carson Rich to lead 10-3 with 3:45 left in the first quarter.

Lakeland cut the lead to 11-8 with under a minute left in the quarter but back-to-back baskets from Connor Rich in 11 seconds gave the Knights a 15-8 lead.

Lakeland cut the lead to 15-10 with a basket in the final seconds of the first quarter. After that, it was a Southwood.
In a matter of four minutes, Southwood exploded for 17 points with Connor Rich, Carson Rich, Jason Oprisek and Simons all scoring to held the Knights to a 32-12 lead.

Southwood followed that run by scoring the final six points of the half that could have been more as they missed four free throws in that span.

The second half was all Southwood holding Lakeland to just 10 points, five points in each quarter, to run away with the win.

While the Knights put up 78 points on the board, its defense was just as dominant, forcing 40 turnovers in the game.

“We knew we had had to put pressure on them,” Burrus said. “We haven't been an offensive juggernaut this year. We were pretty inconsistent and we wanted to try to do something better and it was our defense.

“We worked really hard in practice for these (sectional) games,” he said. “Our record is not very good (11-13) but we might not be the team you want to play in the regional.”

Carson Rich led the Knights with 24 points and four rebounds, followed by Connor Rich with 12 points, nine steals and five assists, and Simons with 10 rebounds, three rebounds and four assists.

Oprisek had nine points, three rebounds and two blocks, Barley had eight points and three steals, Lopez had four points and five rebounds, Winer had four points and three rebounds, Filip had three points and five rebounds, Isaiah Sutton had two points, four assists and two steals, Lloyd had four assists and four steals, and Lehner had one rebound.

Southwood will face Covington (20-6) in the opening game of the Frankfort Regional Saturday, March 14 at 10 a.m. Blue River (19-6) and Cowan face off in the second game at noon with the winners playing in the championship game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night.

Southern Wells Sectional

First Round

Northfield 85, North Miami 50

Three Rivers Conference rivals Northfield and North Miami traveled to Southern Wells for their sectional opening contest Tuesday, March 3.

Northfield, holding a 30-18 halftime advantage before exploding for 29 points in the third quarter to run away with an 85-50 win over the Warriors.

Dillon Tomlinson and Alex Haupert each scored 14 points to lead the way for Northfield. Tomlinson added five steals and Haupert had four assists. Trent Osborn added a career-high 10 points, all in the second half.

Graydon Holmes had eight points and 8 rebounds. Jayden Peas scored seven points off the bench adding career highs of six assists and four steals. Clayton Tomlinson also had seven points with six assists. Jarret Shafer and Kaleb Krom each had six points. Liam Johnson came off the bench for five points, as Paul Treska and Braden Ripplinger each scored four.

North Miami was led by Darian Hensley with 17 points and eight rebounds. Nathan Musselman had nine points, and four rebounds, followed by Braxton Beal with six points, two rebounds and two assists, Braden Burns with five points and four rebounds, Greg Sonafrank with five points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals, Tristan Working with four points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals, and Austin Smith and Keagan Donaldson with two points each.


Lakeland Christian Academy 59, Northfield 43

Lakeland Christian Academy jumped out early on Northfield, and held on for a 59-43 win Friday, March 6.

The Norse pulled to within three in the fourth quarter, but could get no closer.

“We had our worst shooting night at a very inopportune time,” Northfield coach Rick Brewer said.

Northfield shot just 1-15 from three-point range on the night.

Clayton Tomlinson was the bright spot for the Norse scoring 33 points and added five steals.

Peas had four points with three steals, Dillon Tomlinson had two points and six steals, and Graydon Holmes had two points and seven rebounds.

Northfield finished the season with a 6-18 record.

Southwood 69, Southern Wells 44

Southwood had no trouble in its sectional opener after receiving a bye with a 69-44 win over host Southern Wells Friday night.

Jackson Simons led the Knights with 21 points, seven steals, six rebounds and three assists, followed by Carson Rich with 12 points, five rebounds and four steals.

Connor Rich had nine points and four rebounds, Filip had nine points and seven rebounds, Gabe Lloyd had seven points and four assists, Logan Barley had five points and three rebounds, Jason Oprisek had four points, four blocks, three rebounds and three steals, Chase Lopez had two points and Cole Winer had three rebounds and three steals.

Posted on 2020 Mar 10