Despite being held scoreless in the opening period and eventually dropping a 67-38 decision to visiting Botkins Jan. 18, Indian Lake’s Katelyn Hogan had a breakout performance against the visiting Lady Trojans as she cut and slashed her way to a career-high 23 points, or just over 60 percent of her team’s total output for the game.
“This was the best game I’ve seen her play, by far,” Laker head coach Nick Tucci said after watching Hogan bust out against the Trojans. “We’ve been telling her to drive to the basket, and when she does, you can see it pays off.”
Being the shortest person on the floor bothers Hogan not in the least. While she is listed as 5’3” on the roster, she begs to differ.
“I’m five-foot,” she deadpanned when asked her height. “On a good day.”
Regardless of her true measurements, Hogan doesn’t let her diminutive stature hold her back as she usually can be found wherever the ball happens to be, even if that is down among the trees in the three-second lane. Proof of that statement can be found in the scorebook as Hogan, a junior, accounted for three “and-one” plays in the fourth quarter alone against the Trojans.
Hogan had to pick up the scoring slack for the Lakers (2-15 overall, 2-5 in the MRD) against the Trojans as three regulars – sophomore Jenni Kaffenbarger, junior Kelson Stidam and senior Caylee Wurster – were sidelined because of illness and injury, leaving Tucci with just six players to rotate in and out of the lineup. Junior Morgan Evilsizor went 5-for-6 from the charity stripe and closed with nine points and freshman Nya Worrell had four points in the loss.
Botkins had nine players score at least one basket and was led by Jenna Pitts, who had 16 points, one of four Lady Trojans to make it into double digits in scoring. The Trojans’ updated season record was not available as of press time.
In the Jan. 16 game at Urbana in a CBC Mad River Division game, the Lakers kept up with the Hillclimbers for most of the game before running out of steam in the final minutes a 52-39 loss to the hosts. Urbana’s Kati Curnutte drained three treys in the fourth period alone as the ‘Climbers were finally able to pull away form the Lakers after holding a slim two-point lead at the half. Curnutte finished with a game-high 19 points, but the ‘Climbers shot a woeful 5-for-19 from the line for 26 percent.
Wurster paced the Laker attack with with 14 points against the ‘Climbers, while Hogan had 10 points and and hit both of Indian Lake’s three-pointers. The Lakers also made much better use of the charity stripe than did the hosts as Indian Lake connected on 11-of-18 free throws for 61 percent.
Indian Lake will be back in action Wednesday, Jan. 20 with a CBC-crossover game against a powerful Tippecanoe squad on the Red Devils home court before returning to Lewistown to face Greenon in a MRD contest Saturday, Jan. 23.
Tom Stephens is a regular contributor to this newspaper.