Local roundup – February 10

Third quarter pushes Hawks ahead

A huge third quarter lifted host Decatur Central to a 71-64 victory against Whiteland in boys basketball on Friday night.

Leading 32-24 at halftime, the Warriors weren’t able to contain the Hawks, who outscored Whiteland, 26-10, over the third stanza.

Junior forward Brennan Neal scored 19 points in the loss for the Warriors (8-10), while senior guard Riley Higdon added 13. Interior players Chase and Cole Ferguson added 10 and nine points, respectively, with junior guard Carter Crowe snagging nine rebounds.

“I was very pleased with the start of the game. We had good intensity on defense and pushed the ball on offense,” Warriors coach Matt Wadsworth said. “Defensively, we have to have a better effort in the second half.

“We gave up too many uncontested 3-point shots.”

For the game, the Hawks converted 9 of 19 tries from behind the 3-point stripe.

Braves hammer Herron

Indian Creek placed five players in double-figures as it defeated visiting Herron, 77-57.

Isaiah Lacy and Jared DeHart each tallied 17 points for the Braves with Lacy securing 10 rebounds to tie teammate Jace Russell for game honors in that category. Also for Indian Creek, Xavier Ferris chipped in 10 points, as did Russell and Zach Pugh.

DeHart also finished with six assists as the Braves improved their record to 12-6.


Five Rebels make college picks official

Earlier this week, five Roncalli football players signed letters of intent to play in college this coming fall.

Defensive linemen Jones Asher and Tony Schott signed with Purdue and Ball State, respectively. Offensive lineman Dominic Clouse and receiver Jacob Luedeman will play together at St. Xavier University, while kicker Merrick Strykowski is headed to Marian University.