By KEVIN HARRIS
LOOGOOTEE – New Washington claimed its second regional championship in program history Saturday night at Jack Butcher Arena, beating No. 5 Wood Memorial in the Class A Loogootee Regional title game 67-62. The Mustangs (20-9) collected their first regional crown in 2001.
New Washington will take on No. 3 Indianapolis Tindley (22-5) in the Class A Richmond Semistate at 4 p.m. next Saturday. The Tigers won their first-ever regional championship Saturday by downing Indianapolis Lutheran in the Class A Martinsville Regional final 78-62.
New Washington had four players score in double figures. Senior Zach Moore scored a team-high 19 points, followed by teammate Hunter Lind with 15 points. Lind nailed five 3-pointers to account for all of his points.
The Mustangs’ Brandon Horton and Stevie Mack each tallied 11 points. Moore and Mack grabbed eight rebounds apiece.
New Washington prevailed in the regional opener Saturday morning over West Washington 40-36. Moore paced the Mustangs with 18 points. Mack had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Hunter Sanford led the Senators (20-7) with 16 points. Teammate Noah Green poured in nine.
CLASS 2A PAOLI REGIONAL
WOLFPACK CLAIM FIRST REGIONAL TITLE IN 22 YEARS
PAOLI – Senior Brent Smith scored 18 points thanks to six 3-pointers to lead Crawford County to a 48-32 victory over South Knox (20-8) in the Class 2A Paoli Regional championship game Saturday at Chambers Gymnasium. Fellow senior Adam Beasley added 12 points.
It was the Wolfpack’s first regional title since 1995 and their third in program history. Crawford County (21-6) will play Heritage Christian (17-9) in the Class 2A Richmond Semistate at approximately 6 p.m. next Saturday. The Eagles took care of No. 4 Northeastern in the Greenfield-Central Regional final Saturday 65-50.
The Wolfpack, who are on a 12-game winning streak, beat Forest Park in the Paoli Regional semifinals 42-38. Josh Thomas paced Crawford County with 13 points. Beasley added 11.
CLASS 3A WASHINGTON REGIONAL
NO. 3 BRAVES FALL TO NO. 5 BOSSE IN SEMIS
WASHINGTON – No. 3 Brownstown Central’s solid season came to an end Saturday at the Hatchet House in an 81-71 overtime loss to defending Class 3A state runner-up Evansville Bosse in the Class 3A Washington Regional semifinals.
Senior Carson Lambring was the Braves’ top scorer with 26 points. Fellow senior Cody Waskom added 20.
Brownstown (24-3) had a 65-63 in the closing seconds of the fourth, but Bosse (20-7) forced overtime with a putback basket at the regulation horn. The Bulldogs carried the momentum from the putback into the extra session. They reeled off the first seven points of the overtime to post the 10-point win.
Bosse guard Mekhi Lairy really heated up after halftime. The junior scored 23 of his game-high 40 points in the second half and overtime. For the game, teammate Jaylin Chinn scored 18 points.
The Bulldogs won the regional final Saturday night over Pike Central 94-66. They will face No. 4 Indianapolis Attucks (23-4) in the Class 4A Seymour Semistate at 1 p.m. this coming Saturday.