LAKEVILLE, IN. – Junior Jimmy Fischer came up big in Saturday’s game against visiting West Noble.
All the 6-foot-2 forward did was contribute a solid 13 minutes, score four points on 2-of-2 shooting, haul in six offensive rebounds, and dish out an assist to help Class 2A #7 LaVille edge past West Noble, 60-59.
“The biggest difference in the game on Saturday against West Noble were the big plays down the stretch by Jimmy Fischer,” explained LaVille coach Michael Edison. “In the final couple minutes he had two big offensive rebound put backs. In the closing seconds he had two monstrous offensive rebounds and he had another one that he got his hand on that ended up going off of a West Noble player. Since we were really struggling stopping them those plays turned out to be the difference in the game.”
Fischer started his impact on the game by grabbing an offensive rebound to keep a crucial LaVille possession alive early in the fourth quarter. Later, Fischer assisted Luke Beehler on a bucket to put the hosts up eight points with 5:27 left. Three minutes later, Fischer grabbed another big offensive rebound that led to a 3-point basket by Jared Beehler.
Fischer picked up the intensity when he out jumped a pair of West Noble rebounders for an offensive rebound and put back that puts LHS up 58-54 with 1:21 remaining. Then, with 12 second left Fischer collected another offensive rebound.
West Noble did get one final possession with 3.8-seconds left. West Noble’s Josh Gross drove the length of the floor and put up a shot that rolled off the front of the rim as the buzzer sounded.
“This game definitely gives us a little confidence heading down the stretch, but we must continue to get better in our half-court defense and we simply must knock down our free throws,” said Edison after watching his squad go 2-of-8 from the free throw line in the final two minutes. “Overall, it was a nice win for our team.”
Though the game stayed within two possessions for most of the way, West Noble’s largest lead was five in the first period. The Chargers led most of the first half until a 3-point buck by Jared Beehler put LaVille up 24-23 with 1:01 to go before half. Rilye Cox would add a basket to give LaVille a 26-23 halftime lead.
The Lakeville hosts led 51-43 with 5:27 left in the game, but Drew Miller, Joel Mast, and Josh Gross hit key buckets to keep things interesting until the final buzzer.
Cox led LaVille with 17 points, eight rebounds, and three assists. Luke Beehler added 16 points and six assists. Connor Wieczorek chipped in with four assists and four steals.
“I thought Luke Beehler hit some nice shots from the outside, Rilye Cox shot the ball confidently and knocked in a couple big threes,” explained Edison. “Also, Jared Beehler hit a big three pointer for us with a couple minutes left on an in bounds play. It put us up five points, but then we gave up a three pointer to them. Isaiah Herbster came in the game and had a nice finish with his left hand and gave us some solid minutes.”
LaVille improves to 14-3 overall. The Lancers prepare for a doubleheader weekend February 8 and 9. Coach Edison’s crew will play host to Hoosier North Athletic Conference rival Triton on the 8th before traveling to Whitko on the 9th. The JV will tip at 6 p.m. each night.
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CLASS 2A #7 LAVILLE 60, WEST NOBLE 59
West Noble 12 23 42 59
LaVille 13 26 45 60
West Noble – Weigold 0, Brockton Miller 1, Franklin 5, Miller 24, Gross 16, Mast 8, Flores 5. Totals: 24 2-4 59
LaVille – Wieczorek 5, L. Beehler 16, Wagoner 0, J. Beehler 14, Czarnecki 0,Good 0, Doyle 2, Herbster 2, Cox 17, Fischer 4. Totals: 20 12-21 60
3-point field goals: West Noble 9 (Miller 6, Mast 2, Franklin), LaVille 8 (J. Beehler 4, L. Beehler 2, Cox 2)
Total fouls (fouled out): 22 (Flores), LaVille 10 (none)