The Indian Lake boys basketball team now sports a winning record after posting a pair of victories on Jan. 15 and 16, the first coming with a 50-45 win over CBC Mad River Division-rival Benjamin Logan Friday, and the second with a 72-57 pasting of host Kenton in a non-league game the following night.
The Lakers, now 7-6 overall and 4-2 in the MRD, coasted past the Raiders by 14 points when Ben Logan visited Lewistown earlier this season, but almost got tripped up at the foul line in their second meeting on the Raiders’ home court Jan. 15. While the Lakers went 6-for-10 from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter against the Raiders (5-9 overall, 1-5 MRD), they connected on just 10-of-22 foul shots in the game for a disappointing 45 percent.
Both teams had the shooting blues in the second quarter as they combined for just nine points in the period, five by the Raiders and four by the visitors. But the Lakers finally got it going in the second half, being led by Alex Jacobs, who scored 11 of his 15 points in the fourth, including draining two from long distance in the final period. Beau Hefner scored a team-high 16 points for coach David Starr, with 12 of those points coming in the first quarter alone on two field goals, two treys and two free throws. Parker Grothaus also reached double figures in scoring as he closed with 12 points in the conference win.
Grant Ricketts did most of the damage for the Raiders as he scored 14 of his game-high 22 points in the second half.
Indian Lake put its shooting woes behind it in the non-conference game against Kenton the following night as it jumped out to a 40-17 halftime lead, then matched the host Wildcats (1-12 overall) basket-for-basket the rest of the way before posting the 15-point win.
The Lakers dropped 24 field goals and five treys on the Wildcats in the game and had nine different players score at least two points in the win. Grothaus tallied 16 points as one of four Lakers to reach double figures in scoring. Hefner dropped 11 points on the Wildcats and Collin Coburn and Troy Carter each had 10 points in the win.
The win against Benjamin Logan keeps Indian Lake firmly in second place in the CBC Mad River Division, leaving them tied with Northwestern with a 4-2 conference record, both trailing only Urbana, which sports a perfect 4-0 record in the conference.
Indian Lake stays on the road this week, first visiting the 9-4 Tippecanoe Red Devils in a CBC-crossover Tuesday, Jan. 19, then traveling to Urbana to take on the MRD-leading Urbana Hillclimbers, who are also 9-4 on the year, Friday, Jan. 22.