NORTH JUDSON, IN. – A cold shooting night for LaVille put the Lancers in an early before a rally fell just short in a 57-56 Hoosier North Athletic Conference loss at North Judson-San Pierre in high school basketball.
The Lancers started 0-for-8 from the field to dig an 8-0 hole before Andrew Dill came off the bench to drill a 3-pointer with 3:56 left in the first quarter to put the Lakeville guests on the board.
“We didn’t shoot real well at different periods of the game,” said LaVille head coach Michael Edison. “Some of our shooters were real aggressive.”
LaVille would go on a 10-2 run tie the game after Jimmy Fischer hit two free throws with 2:32 left in the opening stanza to make it 10-10. Leyton Czarnecki connected from long range, while Austin Dove hit a bucket to stem the tide.
North Judson went on a mini 5-0 run before an old-fashioned three-point play conversion by Austin Dove and last second field by Dill knotted the score at 15-all to close the first quarter.
The Lancers took their first lead of the game right out of the gate to start the second quarter when Czarnecki canned a 3-pointer at the 7:43 mark.
The Blue Jays got on another roll, through the middle portion of the second period, outscoring LaVille 9-3 to take a 26-21 lead. Tanner Craig, Blayne Wilcox, and Cooper Hochstedler spearheaded the offensive attack as NJSP took a 26-23 lead into the locker room.
The hosts controlled the third quarter both offensively and defensively as coach Kyle Evans’ club took its largest lead of the game at 46-32 when Ty Schumacher converted with 0:32 left in the third.
LaVille, however, would make a run in the final quarter.
Dove started the comeback effort with another old-fashioned three-point play. Dill popped a triple off an assist from Czarnecki. Dove and Conner Wieczorek continued the scoring before Czarnecki drained another 3-pointer to make it 51-45 with 3:41 left in the game.
Booby Good hit a crucial triple to narrow the gap to 55-51 with 1:37 left before the Lancers were forced to foul and put the Blue Jays at the free throw line.
Hochstedler would hit both the front and back end of a one-and-one to make it 57-51 before Good hit another 3-pointer to make it 57-54 with 0:53 left.
A LaVille foul and a Wilcox miss on the front end of one-and-the-bonus and Edison’s club had the ball game with less than 20 seconds left.
LaVille worked into its offense and got the ball to Dill on the left wing. Dill was defended, but a head fake and dribble to his right, Dill was able to get his shot off. Dill’s shot was just off the mark and the Blayne Wilcox rebounded the ball where he was quickly fouled Wilcox again stepped to the line, but missed the front end of the bonus.
LaVille worked the ball up court before calling a timeout to set up the final possession of the game.
The Lancers were able to get a shot off, but it was off the mark and Dove was able gather the rebound for a lay-up as time expired.
“We couldn’t quite get over that hump,” explained Edison. “We had a lot of unforced turnovers. We played defense at times well and we might go an entire possession playing pretty good defense then someone breaks down and they get another possession.
“North Judson hit some big shots,” continued Edison. “We battled and had a chance at the end, but a lot of credit goes to them (North Judson). Our guys battled.”
Dove led the LaVille offense with a career-high 16 points. He also grabbed six rebounds. Good worked his way through a tough shooting night to finish with 15 points, including three crucial second-half 3’s. Dill came off the bench to add 11 points and Czarnecki chipped in nine points.
“I got on Bobby Good, but towards the end there he really did some good things.” said Edison. “He got a big offensive rebound and you don’t get an offensive rebound by standing out at the 3-point line. He really crashed in there and I’m proud of the way he finished the game. There are not too many games where you play a perfect game, or where things go right the entire game, but you keep working, plugging away and good things happen.”
Hochstedler led all scorers with 17 points for NJSP. Schumacher added 16, and Wilcox 14.
“There are not too many nights where HNAC games are a gimme,” said Edison when asked about the overall landscape of the Hoosier North Athletic Conference this season. “… actually there are zero where HNAC games are gimmes.”
LaVille, now 5-3 overall and 2-1 in the HNAC, jump back in to HNAC play as the Lancers host a girl-boy varsity doubleheader Friday, January 17. The girl’s varsity game is set to tip at 6:30 p.m., with the varsity to follow.
NORTH JUDSON-SAN PIERRE 57, LAVILLE 56
At North Judson
LaVille 15 23 32 56
NJSP 16 26 46 57
LaVille – Conner Wieczorek 3, Leyton Czarnecki 9, Bobby Good 15, Andrew Dill 11, Ayden Doyle 0, Austin Dove 16, Alec Coleman 0, Tommy Goze 0, Jimmy Fischer 2. Totals 20 7-11 56
NJSP – Hochstedler 17, Wilcox 14, Hampton 0, Cox 3, Schumacher 16, Crain 4, Allen 3. Totals 22 7-12 57
3-point field goals: LaVille 9 (Czarnecki 3, Good 3, Dill 3), NJSP 6 (Schumacher 4, Allen, Cox)
Total fouls (fouled out): LaVille 13 (none), NJSP 12 (none)
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|ALL TIMES EASTERN|
|Knox||3- 0||7- 3||51.2||53.4||-2.2||Won 1|
|North Judson||2- 0||6- 5||65.8||59.1||6.7||Won 1|
|LaVille||2- 1||5- 3||53.8||49.4||4.4||Lost 1|
|Pioneer||1- 1||7- 3||52.5||46.6||5.9||Won 5|
|Caston||1- 1||6- 4||50.2||49.0||1.2||Won 2|
|Triton||1- 1||5- 4||49.9||41.1||8.8||Won 1|
|Winamac||1- 3||4- 7||42.0||49.8||-7.8||Lost 2|
|Culver||0- 4||1-10||38.1||53.9||-15.8||Lost 9|
|Saturday, Jan. 11|
|Knox 46, Winamac 37|
|North Judson 57, LaVille 56|
|Pioneer 51, Faith Christian 36|
|Triton 54, Trinity Greenlawn 41|
|Friday, Jan. 17|
|Knox at LaVille © , 8 pm|
|North Judson at Winamac © , 8 pm|
|Pioneer at Cass, 7:30 pm|
|Triton at Culver © , 7:30 pm|
|Saturday, Jan. 18|
|Carroll at Pioneer, 7:30 pm|
|John Glenn at Knox, 7:30 pm|
|LaVille at Memorial, 7:45 pm|
|Oregon-Davis at Winamac, 8 pm|
|West Central at Caston, 6:30 pm|