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Vikings set for Southwood battle

by Eric Andrews - eandrews@h-ponline.com

The Huntington North boys basketball team will travel to Wabash, Indiana, tonight to face Southwood. A victory would improve the Vikings’ season record to 2–1.

The Vikings enter the contest coming off a 56–50 victory over Mississinewa on Nov. 24, a win that leveled Huntington North’s record after dropping the season opener 46–41 to Homestead on Nov. 21.

Head coach Craig Teagle knows the game will be a challenge for the Vikings due to Southwood’s playing style.

“It’s going to be a whole different type of game,” Teagle said. “Southwood is going to full-court extend and they run a two–three zone and extended out and trap. They play extremely hard.”

Senior forward Hank Pulver leads all scorers for the Vikings with 24 points this season, including a team-high four makes from beyond the arc. Pulver, a Huntington University commit, also holds a flawless 8–8 mark at the free throw line for Huntington North. Pulver’s nine assists and 61 minutes played also pace the Vikings.

Senior forward Sawyer Stoltz closely trails Pulver’s mark, recording 22 points thus far in the season. Stoltz leads Huntington North with 13 rebounds and is the lone Viking to record a block so far this season.

Senior guard Zach Daugherty rounds out the Huntington North 20-point scorers with 21 points. Daugherty has hauled in 11 rebounds for the Vikings while snagging a team-best four steals this season in 55 minutes of action for Huntington North.

Senior guard Trey Williams, junior guard Deven Newcomb and senior guard Keegan Bartrom round out the Vikings’ scorers, with 13, 11 and six points scored this season, respectively. Newcomb and Williams have both dished out four assists, while Bartrom has recorded a trio of helpers on the season.

Meanwhile, Southwood enters tonight’s contest sporting an 0–1 season record after falling 74–71 in their season opener to Wapahani on Nov. 20 in Selma, Indiana.

Carson Rich drained a game-high 30 points and team-leading four assists in the victory for the Knights. Rich also paced the Southwood defense with four steals.

Dallas Holmes sank 19 points for Southwood, while Gabe Lloyd scored 11 points, including a trio of three-pointers. Jackson Simons tallied a team-leading seven rebounds for the Knights in the defeat.

“They’re hard to prepare for because you don’t play very many teams that play as hard as they do. They’ll try to hurry us up a little bit. We just have to be patient and make sure we get great shots and not let them get out in transition.”

Teagle noted the Vikings will need to take care of the basketball to earn a victory against Southwood. Teagle recognized turnovers have been an issue for Huntington North so far this season and knows a high amount of turnovers could lead to a Southwood triumph.

Teagle also stated the Viking defense needs to do a better job of contesting shots and not being split in order to shut down the opposition.

Game time for the contest at Southwood is scheduled for 7:45 p.m.