INDIANAPOLIS, IN. – LaVille High School basketball coach Michael Edison knew the Lancers were going to be tested at the Park Tudor Shootout. The Class 2A #1 team would be facing Class 2A #12 Indianapolis Howe, then either Class 2A #11 Park Tudor or Hammond Clark.
“We will definitely get tested in this holiday tournament at Park Tudor,” said Edison. “I can’t remember LaVille ever playing in Indianapolis and it should be fun playing some different teams that we have not seen before.”
LaVille opened against a very balanced Indianapolis Howe squad. In fact, Edison said: “Almost every single one of their players will shoot at anytime from anywhere. They are very athletic, quick, and crash the boards extremely hard. Whether they are up or down they will come at another team extremely hard. They play hard from the tip to the final buzzer.”
LaVille opened the game strong as Jared Beehler nailed four 3-point field goals and Rilye Cox added six points as the Lakeville visitors jumped to a 18-14 lead.
Then, for the second straight game, the second quarter would take a 180-degree turn. The Lancers scored five points, all by senior guard Luke Beehler and Indianapolis Howe turned missed 3-pointers into easy transition buckets to take a commanding 39-23 lead.
“We took some bad shots in the second quarter against Indianapolis Howe,” said Edison. “We also struggled taking care of the ball. Those combined traits led to about six or seven layup’s for Howe. Thad (25-5) run by Howe proved to be the difference in the game.”
To the credit of the Lancer Crew, they battled to within nine points at 60-51. In fact, LaVille had possession and couldn’t get the three-ball to fall.
“We battled back and had a 3-point attempt that could’ve cut it to six points, but we missed,” said Edison. “The guys battled the entire game and I was proud of them for their effort.”
According to the Sagarin Ratings, Indianapolis Howe has played the 58th toughest schedule and LaVille has played the 185th toughest schedule. The Lancers encountered a Hornet team that has a schedule that ranges from Class 1A to Class 4A, averages 70.6 points per game, and was on a 3-game winning streak.
Jared Beehler hit 10 3-pointers for a career-high 30 points. Luke Beehler and Rilye Cox added 12 points each.
It was the first loss of the season overall and ended a 34-game regular season winning streak.
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Class 2A #12 Indpls Howe 72, Class 2A #1 LaVille 59
LaVille 18 23 40 59
Howe 14 39 54 72
LaVille – Wieczorek 1, L. Beehler 12, Wagoner 0, J. Beehler 30, Czarnecki 0, Doyle 4, Cox 12, Fischer 0. Totals: 20 7-12 59
Howe – Mills-Batey 1, Scott 15, Washington 18, Stamps 14, Boone 0, Brown 14, Canncon 10. Totals: 31 5-7 72
3-point field goals: LaVille 12 (Beehler 10, L. Beehler, Cox), Howe 5 (Scott 3, Brown 2)
Total fouls (fouled out): LaVille 9 (none), Howe 15 (none)