Knights grab sectional crown

By Eric Christiansen

After cruising to wins of 49 and 79 points in their first two tournament contests, the Southwood Knights went into the Class 1A Sectional 53 championship game looking for a little bit of the same against Lakeland Christian Academy Saturday night, March 6.

After a tight back-and-forth with LCA, the Knights turned a 20-20 second-quarter tie into a 69-44 sectional championship victory to advance to the Frankfort Regional this Saturday.

LCA proved early that they weren’t going to let the Knights get off to the quick and dominating starts they enjoyed in their first two wins over Southern Wells and North Miami.

Southwood’s Carson Rich hit two baskets and Dawson Filip connected on another to give the Knights a 6-2 lead, followed by back-to-back buckets from Connor Rich and Carson Rich for a 10-5 advantage.

LCA regrouped and took a 13-12 lead early in the second quarter and played neck-and-neck with the Knights, tying the game at 20-20 with 3:33 left in the first half.

The Knights ended the half with a 13-3 run with Carson Rich scoring nine points, and Connor Rich and Cole Winer each adding two points in the run.

LCA opened the third quarter with a 5-2 run to cut the lead to 35-28, then Filip got hot, scoring seven of the next nine points, giving the Knights a 44-28 lead with 2:42 left in the quarter.

LCA cut the lead to 47-35 before Connor Rich hit a three-pointer, followed by a three-point play from Carson Rich with 11 seconds left in the third, to give the Knights a 53-35 lead. Carson Rich added fuel to the fire when, after an LCA miss, was fouled on a long three-pointer and hit three free throws with no time left on the clock, giving Southwood a 56-35 lead, a lead LCA never threatened.

Carson Rich had a monster game with 40 points, six steals, four rebounds, and two assists to lead the Knights.

Filip had 13 points, three rebound, and three steals, followed by Connor Rich with seven points and two steals, Winer with four points, five steals, three assists, and two rebounds, Jason Oprisek with three points, six rebounds, three assists, and two steals, and Logan Barley with two points and two rebounds. Alex Farr added four steals and two rebounds.

The win gives Southwood its fourth sectional title in the past five seasons.

Southwood (15-10) moves on to face Seton Catholic (9-9) in the second game of the Frankford Regional Saturday, March 13. The game will start no earlier than 12:30 p.m. Cowan (15-8) plays Lafayette Central Catholic (8-10) in the first game Saturday morning.

IHSAA regional ticket information will be released Tuesday, March 9. Information regarding seating capacities, COVID-related rules and regulation, and sales dates and times will be released at the time.

Frankfort High School will use “GoFan” for ticket distribution. There will not be a season ticket for the regional as there has been in the past.

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Posted on 2021 Mar 09