Knights fall in boys regional

The Southwood Knights ran into a juggernaut in the opening round of the IHSAA Boys Basketball Frankfort Regional Saturday, March 12, falling to No. 11 Lafayette Central Catholic, 75-56.

LCC raced out to a 7-0 lead in the first three minutes of the game before Southwood got on the board with a bucket from Nathan Lehner with 4:44 left in the first quarter.

The LCC Knights extended the lead to 11-2 over the Southwood Knights in the next 24 seconds and extended it to 16-4 with 2:33 remaining.

Southwood battled back with 3-pointers from Derrick Smith and Cole Winer to cut the lead to 17-10 at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter was a different story. LCC outscored Southwood 22-5 over the next eight minutes to take a 39-15 lead at halftime, but, as they did in the championship game a week earlier, Southwood kept fighting to make a game of it.

Smith opened the second half with a 3-pointer before Cole Winer scored 10 of the game’s next 14 points to cut the lead to 43-30 with 3:58 remaining in the third quarter.

After two LCC free throws, Smith hit his second 3-pointer of the quarter to make the score 45-33, but LCC scored the next seven points to put the lead at 52-33.

Southwood punched right back with an 8-0 run with four points from Winer, a free throw from Lehner, and Smith’s third 3-pointer of the quarter to cut the lead 52-41.

LCC maintained an 11-point lead with 4:03 left in the game before running off 10 consecutive points to put the game away and end Southwood’s season.

The Southwood Knights finish the year with a 15-12 record after winning their third consecutive sectional title. They will return with the bulk of the roster next season, losing the only senior on the team in Derrick Smith. 

Posted on 2022 Mar 16