It was an up and down night for the Hatchets according to coach Gene Miiller.
“The second quarter, we hit some shots and got some turnovers. We turned the ball over early, that’s what got us behind early. We had five turnovers and were 1-10 shooting in the first quarter,” said Miiller. “The second quarter we played well and actually went ahead. The third quarter we built up six-point lead and then they hit back-to-back three’s (Cook and Wittmer). Cook had a great game, he shot extremely well.”
Joining Cook, who finished with four 3-pointers, in double figures for ND were Wittmer and Zach Moore with 12 points each. Moore finished with seven rebounds, while Kelby Byrer added eight points and nine boards. Helms finished with eight points.
Connor Brown had an outstanding shooting for the Hatchets, hitting five 3-pointers on the way to a team high 19 points. Garland was next with 16, followed by 10 from Matthew Stephens.
The two teams were total opposites in the first two quarters. North Daviess, behind the hot shooting of Cook (10 points) dominated the first quarter to take a 14-3 lead after eight minutes of action. But the Hatchets, with Brown netting eight points - including a buzzer beating 3-pointer just before halftime, his third triple of the half - outscored ND 20-6 to take a 23-20 into the locker room at halftime.
The Hatchets claimed the reserve contest 47-32. Carson Smith topped WHS with 14 points, followed by 13 points from Timber Shelton. Caleb Wagler paced the Cougars with 12 points, followed by Kyle Kane with nine.
Before the game, four senior members of the Hatchet basketball team were honored on Senior Night. Players Andy Garland and Austin Ghirardelli were honored before their final regular season appearance at the Hatchet House, while senior player Derek Arvin and senior student manager Zach Blubaum were honored posthumously.
In addition, prior to the tip off a moment of silence was observed for retired North Daviess teacher and coach Bill Slatton and Hatchet superfan Carl Breeden, both of whom recently passed away.
Washington will close out the regular season with a trip to Evansville Memorial on Friday. North Daviess travels to Eastern Greene on Friday for its final regular season contest.