BY JIMMY HARRIS email@example.com
---- — CAYUGA, Ind. — In a physical IHSAA 1A Boys Basketball Sectional semifinal, the North Vermillion boys basketball team lost to Wabash River Conference rival Rockville 61-53 on Friday at North Vermillion High School.
Rockville came out with an aggressive offense in the fourth quarter to out-rebound and out-score North Vermillion. The Rox had to come from behind as the Falcons took a one-point lead going into the third quarter.
“I thought Rockville out rebounded us and attacked the rim better than we did in the second half especially the fourth quarter,” North Vermillion coach Sam Karr said.
The game started strong for North Vermillion as they were out playing Rockville at all phases of the game. They were more aggressive and rebounded well as they more physical in the first half.
“We were good in the first half and took the game at Rockville and stayed attacking the rim and rebounding well,” Karr said.
The defense was very good for North Vermillion in the second quarter as they held a very potent offensive team to three points, and took a seven point lead into the locker room 23-16. The aggressive 2-3 defense was very active in the first and second quarters to keep the Rox at bay.
“We did a good job rebounding and kept an athletic long team off the boards in the first half,” Karr said.
The difference in the second half to the first for Rockville is it became more aggressive and pounded the ball inside to cause foul trouble for North Vermillion, and sent the Rox to the free throw line 20 times in the second half. The game was won at the free throw line as Rockville outscored North Vermillion 18-8.
“We didn’t do enough as a team in the second half, but I am so proud of this team and they did whatever we asked of them all year,” Karr said.
North Vermillion battled and fought all night and never gave up but just didn’t have enough at the end to get the win.
Rockville advances to the championship game tonight at 7:30 p.m. EST to play Lafayette Central Catholic.
Lafayette Central Catholic defeated Attica 51-32 as the Red Ramblers could not get untracked on offense, only shooting 31 percent from the field and 13 percent from the 3-point line.
Lance Whorrall had nine points to lead Attica while Bruce Cooper and Keetin Arnold each had eight and Brady Sheridan added seven.