FRIDAY: North Central’s Terone Johnson was unstoppable in Friday night’s rematch with Lawrence North. Johnson, signed to play ball at Purdue University next season, hit his first seven shots on his way to scoring the Panthers first 19 points. His hot shooting must have rubbed off on his teammates. North Central finished 31-of-40 (77.5 percent) from the floor, dominating the Wildcats from start to finish on their way to a 99-55 victory. Johnson finished with 32 points, and super soph D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera chipped in 14 for the Panthers. North Central held the duo of Michael Chandler and Ryan Taylor — both bound for the University of Louisville — to eight combined points.
SATURDAY: Johnson and Smith-Rivera were unstoppable again, pouring in 19 points apiece as North Central cruised to a 15 point victory over the Muncie Central Bearcats (Muncie, Indiana). A win next Saturday over Warren Central High School (Indianapolis, Indiana) would complete an undefeated January for the 13-2 Panthers.
FRIDAY: The Trojans were an angry bunch as they headed into Friday night’s game with Ben Davis High School (Indianapolis, Indiana). After moving up to #5 in the polls, the highest they’d been ranked in as long as this Center Grove graduate can remember, Cliff Hawkins’ squad was shockingly upset by Franklin High School (Franklin, Indiana) in the finals of the Johnson County tournament. The Trojans used that as motivation to overcome a 4th quarter deficit against the Giants, holding on for a 58-56 win. Joe Reed led the way with 20 points for Center Grove, who placed four players in double figures. Terrance Winfrey paced Ben Davis with 16.
#7 Pike High School (Indianapolis, Indiana)
WEDNESDAY: Pike had seven days to stew over their surprising loss to Perry Meridian High School (Indianapolis, Indiana) in the Marion County tournament. Unlike Center Grove, the Red Devils were unable to rebound with a win in their next game. Taking on the 9th ranked Carmel Greyhounds Wednesday night, Pike was unable to prevent Carmel’s big center, A.J. Hammons, from imposing his will all over the court. Hammons finished with 14 points, 14 rebound, and seven blocked shots as the Greyhounds pulled away for a 64-50 victory. Pike’s standout Marquis Teague was held to 11 points on 4-of-18 shooting. Ricky Smith led the Red Devils with 24 points.
FRIDAY: Carmel struggled early with Terre Haute South (Terre Haute, Indiana), perhaps a byproduct of Wednesday’s thrilling win over Pike, but they had enough left to hold on for a 54-53 MIC Conference victory. Scott Laskowski, son of former Indiana University great John Laskowski, scored a game-high 20 points for the Greyhounds, and A.J. Hammons continued his strong play with 10 points, six rebounds, and four blocked shots.
FRIDAY: The Millers made short work of Westfield High School (Westfield, Indiana) on Friday night. Using a 26-point second quarter, Noblesville held a 31-16 halftime lead and never looked back. Leland Brown scored 17 for the victors, but it was the Miller’s stout defense that controlled the game. The Shamrocks failed to score over 11 points in any quarter, totaling just 37 for the game.
FRIDAY: Hamilton Southeastern survived Kendall Griffin’s 26 points in beating Avon High School (Avon, Indiana) in an important Hoosier Crossroads Conference game. Rising prospect Gary Harris had 14 points, and backcourt mate Zach Starr added 12 to move the Royals conference record to 5-1. HSE will look to keep their six game win streak alive when they take on McCutcheon (Lafayette, Indiana) and Lawrence Central High School (Indianapolis, Indiana) next weekend.
FRIDAY: Matt Painter recruit Travis Carroll and the Danville Warriors continued their dominant ways against Sagamore Conference foe Western Boone. Carroll, who was averaging 20.3 points and 12.1 rebounds entering the game, finished with 23 and 16, while Jordan Weidner (committed to play his college ball at Indiana Wesleyan) and Michael Humphrey each chipped in 15 points. Tyler Agguire led the Stars, who have yet to register a win in conference play, with 17.
SATURDAY: IUPUI recruit P.J. Hubert paced four Marauders in double-digits as Mount Vernon defeated the Knightstown Panthers (Knightstown, Indiana) 66-43 Saturday night. Hubert, averaging 18.8 points on the season, finished with 22, and Daniel Turner posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. The Marauders haven’t lost a game since mid-December. They’ll look to extend that streak into February when they face Connersville High School (Connersville, Indiana) and Muncie Delta next weekend.
#15 Indianapolis Howe (Indianapolis, Indiana)
FRIDAY: In the first two rounds of the Indianapolis City Tournament, Howe ran Crispus Attucks High School and Arsenal Tech High School out of the gym. Scoring 110 and 103 points, the Hornets were 40-point victors in both games. In Friday night’s matchup, Howe once again refused to slow down, beating Chatard High School 71-45.
SATURDAY: In the championship game, the Hornets faced a young, but talented Broad Ripple High School squad. The Rockets knocked off four-time defending champ Cathedral High School, along with Indianapolis Washington and a Manual High School team led by future Butler Bulldog, Chrishawn Hopkins.
Holding a 50-32 halfway through the third quarter, Howe appeared on their way to capturing the school’s first City championship since 1987.
Broad Ripple had other plans.
Rallying back, the Rockets found themselves down by three with under a minute to play when Lamont Pruitt nailed a three to tie the score at 59-59. P.J. Boutte hit two free throws for Howe to give the Hornets a two point lead with 26 seconds left. Broad Ripple point guard Aaron Payne held the ball until the 10 second mark, then attacked the Howe zone, dishing down to an open Robert Patterson in the corner. Patterson’s three-attempt swished home, and when Boutte’s runner clanked off the rim as the horn sounded, Broad Ripple had its first City championship since 1986. Armond Patterson led the Rockets with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Andre Hampton, who may have been the MVP of the entire tournament, led Howe with 21 points.
#9 Indianapolis Washington High School (Indianapolis, Indiana)
TUESDAY: Washington was bounced in the first round of the Indianapolis City Tournament by Broad Ripple. The Continentals trailed 55-52 with 3:20 left on the clock against the heavily favored Class 4A Rockets, but completely self-destructed down the stretch. The Continentals were whistled for three technical fouls and were outscored 20-4 over the game’s final three minutes. Highly regarded sophomore guard Ron Patterson led Broad Ripple with 22 points, and senior Marcell Reynolds had 21.
#19 Charles A. Tindley Accelerated High School (Indianapolis, Indiana)
FRIDAY: The Tindley Tigers, just three seasons removed from a 0-17 campaign, have moved into the Class 1A Top 20 for the first time in their existence. Although they have three losses to bigger schools, the Tigers only defeat at the hands of a Class 1A school came in the opening week of the season. They moved their record to 11-4 by defeating Bethesda Christian High School (Brownsburg, Indiana) 47-42 Friday night. Mason Archie was the high point man for the Tigers with 18.
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