VEEDERSBURG, Ind. — During the pregame warm-ups of Saturday’s Class 2A Sectional 38 championship, the host Fountain Central pep band played The White Stripes’ 2003 hit, “Seven Nation Army.”
In the song’s opening line, singer Jack White exclaims: “I’m gonna fight ‘em off; A seven nation army couldn’t hold me back.” And with apologies to the duo, the seven Southmont Mounties that received the bulk of the playing time on Saturday couldn’t hold back Fountain Central junior Ethan Woodrow.
Four days after being frustrated and shut down by Riverton Parke in the Mustangs’ sectional opener, Woodrow dominated. The 6-foot-6 junior scored 30 points to lead Fountain Central to a 53-47 win over Southmont to claim the program’s ninth sectional title.
“He was pretty disappointed in himself Tuesday night,” said Fountain Central coach Jason Good, who picked up his 100th career win. “Riverton Parke kind of took him out of his game. Last night he was a little better, and then tonight, he just played like somebody that wasn’t going to let us lose.
“When we needed a basket, he was tough. He finished at the rim, even with contact, and got rebounds, too. Man, that’s the way a senior plays, and he’s not a senior. I’m really proud of him.”
Woodrow scored 17 of the Mustangs’ first 18 points and was the only Fountain Central player to record a field goal until Koby Pierce hit a jumper with five minutes, 12 seconds to go in the second quarter.
Woodrow’s first two baskets were from three-point range, and after that he seemed virtually unstoppable in the paint.
“The past few years, I have been on fire from the outside, but I’ve never really had layup after layup after layup like that,” Woodrow said. “There for a while, everything I laid up was rolling in for me.