LOOGOOTEE — South Knox hadn’t beaten Loogootee in boys basketball in quite some time, but that’s why they play the games.
South Knox (2-1) defeated Loogootee (2-3) 40-27 Tuesday night at Jack Butcher Arena behind a balanced scoring attack that featured 15 points from junior Andrew Scott and eight from Isiah Stafford.
Heading into the fourth quarter, the Spartans held a slim four-point lead, but they wasted no time increasing that lead. A Scott layup and a three-point play from Isiah Stafford pushed the lead to nine with 6:24 to play in regulation. Loogootee’s Hayden Bell knocked down free throws to cut the lead to seven, but once again South Knox answered, this time with a a Stafford bucket.
Hayden Bell and Landon Bell each split a pair of free throws, and Stafford converted another three-point play to push the lead to 34-24 with 2:53 to play in regulation to put the game out of reach for the Lions. The victory was the first against Loogootee for South Knox since 2009 and the first at Jack Butcher Arena since 2008.
“I wouldn’t necessarily call it a program-changing win, but at the same time it just starts building towards where we want to be,” said South Knox coach Mark Rohrer.
The first half was the Andrew Scott show. The South Knox junior scored 12 of the Spartans’ 17 first half points including all seven points in the first quarter and the team’s first nine points overall. The South Knox defense forced Loogootee into four costly turnovers in the first quarter, which helped South Knox knot the score at seven after the first eight minutes.
“He (Scott) is very capable of doing that,” Rohrer said. “He scored 15, 16 and 15 in our last three games, he’s capable of that and even more. Teams are going to start keying on him even more, but at this height (6’5) he’s a tough matchup for people. I was very pleased with the start he had that carried us early.”