LAKEVILLE, IN. – Behind some timely shooting and opportunistic defense, the Class 2A #3 LaVille High School basketball team shook off a feisty North Judson-San Pierre squad, 68-60, for a key Hoosier North Athletic Conference victory.
“North Judson is definitely better than what their record shows,” said LaVille coach Michael Edison of the 3-7 Bluejays. “They shot extremely well even when we had a hand in their face and they were persistent throughout the game. They were a very tough team to shake.”
Cooper Hochstedler hit three 3-pointers to lead the Bluejays to a 17-13 lead at the end of the first quarter.
A bucket by North Judson’s Chuckie Wilcox put the visitors up 24-17 with 5:49 left before halftime. The Lancers, however, would go a 15-6 run over the next four minutes to take a 32-30 lead. Rilye Cox canned a bucket with 1:51 left to put the Lakeville hosts up.
LaVille used some opportunistic defense and some timely shots to outscore North Judson 22-14 in the second period. Rilye Cox led the offensive outburst with eight of his 17 points. Jared Beehler knocked down a pair of 3-point field goals, and Luke Beehler Chipped in five of his game-high 25 points.
“We were able to knock down some big shots and get some key stops when we needed to in the second quarter,” said Edison of the second quarter uprising. “Even though we were 9- 14 from the free-throw line we missed probably four of our last six free throws. We did enough other things to get us over the hump.”
The Beehler cousins combined for 46 points and seven 3-pointers. Luke Beehler scored a season-high 25 points, including 18 in the second half. Jared Beehler tickled the swine for 21 points, including 19 in the first half.
“Luke Beehler and Jared Beehler both stepped up big forest offensively,” said Edison. “Luke was able to penetrate to the basket and finish. He also was able to connect on a couple of long three point shots.”
Cox added eight rebounds for the Lancers. Connor Wieczorek added four assists and three steals.
With the victory, LaVille improves to 3-0 in HNAC play.
“It was definitely nice to get a big HNAC victory,” said Edison as the Lancers prepare for another conference game Friday at Knox.
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LAVILLE 68, NORTH JUDSON-SAN PIERRE 60
NJSP 17 31 44 60
LaVille 13 35 51 68
NJSP – Hochstedler 21, Cox 3, B. Wilcox 3, C. Wilcox 13, Hampton 5, Howsare 0, Benson 11, Danford 4. Totals: 23 4-5 60
LaVille – Wieczorek 3, L. Beehler 25, Wagoner 0, J. Beehler 21, Czarnecki 0, Good 0, Doyle 2, Cox 17. Totals: 24 12-20 68
3-point field goals: NJSP 10 (Hochstedler 5, C. Wilcox 2, B. Wilcox, Cox, Hampton), LaVille 8 (J. Beehler 5, L. Beehler 2, Cox)
Total fouls (fouled out): NJSP 19 (none), LaVille 9 (none)
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|ALL TIMES EASTERN|
|LaVille||3- 0||10- 1||58.2||44.2||14.0||Won 2|
|Winamac||3- 1||8- 3||53.5||41.2||12.4||Won 1|
|Knox||2- 1||7- 4||58.1||52.2||5.9||Lost 3|
|Triton||1- 1||4- 5||39.1||44.1||-5.0||Lost 3|
|Caston||1- 1||3- 7||44.4||49.6||-5.2||Won 1|
|North Judson||1- 1||3- 7||58.9||61.5||-2.6||Lost 2|
|Pioneer||0- 2||4- 5||59.2||57.6||1.7||Won 3|
|Culver||0- 4||1- 9||40.9||68.6||-27.7||Lost 8|
|Saturday, Jan. 5|
|LaVille 68, North Judson 60 ©|
|Pioneer 83, Faith Christian 52|
|Winamac 66, Knox 57 ©|
|Tuesday, Jan. 8|
|Pioneer at Eastern, 7:30 pm|
|Friday, Jan. 11|
|Culver at Triton © , 7:30 pm|
|LaVille at Knox © , 8 pm|
|Cass at Pioneer, 7:30 pm|
|Winamac at North Judson © , 8 pm|
|Saturday, Jan. 12|
|Caston at West Central, 7:30 pm|
|Knox at John Glenn, 7:30 pm|
|Pioneer at Carroll, 7:30 pm|
|Wheeler at North Judson, 8 pm|
|Winamac at Oregon-Davis, 8 pm|
|Tuesday, Jan. 15|
|Rochester at Caston, 7:30 pm|
|Triton at John Glenn, 8 pm, John Glenn|
|Culver at LaVille, 8 pm, LaVille|
|Friday, Jan. 18|
|Delphi at Winamac, 7:30 pm|
|Knox at Kankakee Valley, 8 pm|
|Pioneer at West Central, 7:30 pm|
|Rensselaer at North Judson, 8 pm|
|Saturday, Jan. 19|
|Knox at North Judson © , 8 pm|
|Winamac at Caston © , 7:30 pm|
|© Conference game|