The Loogootee Lions defeated Washington Catholic inside the historical ‘Birdcage’ on Tuesday night by a final score of 76-7. LHS shot 59% from the field as a team, while placing 11 players in the scoring column. Most importantly, Loogootee saw the return of junior guard, Jordan Wildman who has missed the team’s last 3 games.
The Lions scored the game’s first 21 points until W.C. grabbed its first basket with 2:45 left in the first period. The Cardinals would not score for the rest of the half as LHS ran off 28 straight points to go into the locker room with a 46-2 lead. Loogootee (16-5, 6-0 in BCC) struck first in the third with three points to go up 49-2 before Washington Catholic finally scored, ending an 11:30 drought without a single point recorded. In fact, the 3rd quarter proved kind to the Cards as John Howell’s team tallied a game-high 5 points in the stanza. Despite W.C.’s offensive production in the 8-minute period, the Lions netted another 20 points to carry a 66-7 lead into the fourth. LHS would tack on ten more points in the final frame, while holding the Cardinals (2-18, 0-8 in BCC) scoreless to pick up a 76-7 road win.
Tuesday night’s 69-point triumph was the 2nd biggest win by a Lions team in the 117-year history of the LHS boys basketball program. The school’s largest margin of victory ever came 57 years ago during the 1962-63 season when Loogootee defeated Montgomery by 73 points. The Lions, then led by Junior Gee, won by a final score 104-31.
Loogootee has now beaten Washington Catholic in 29 of its last 30 meetings, winning by an average margin of 26.5 points per contest. LHS leads the all-time series over the Cardinals 81-31.
* Peyton Bledsoe (14 pts)
* Nathaniel Hart (13 pts)
* Silas Bauer (10 pts, 5 rebs, 3 asts)
* Jordan Wildman (10 pts, 4 rebs)
* Isaac Eagle (9 pts)
* Landon Harder (5 pts, rebs)
* Jalen Wildman (5 pts)
* Jace Walton (3 pts)
* Jon Whitworth (3 pts, 3 rebs)
* Bryant Eckerle (2 pts, 3 rebs)
* Connor Hedrick (2 pts, 3 rebs, 3 asts)
* Luke Nonte (4 asts, 3 stls)