VINCENNES — Washington proved the adage that records do not matter in rivalries but Vincennes Lincoln defeated the Hatchets, 55-53, in overtime, in the 199th playing of the Indiana’s oldest basketball rivalry Friday.
The Alices (12-5) prevailed as the Hatchets’ (4-11) two-game winning streak was broken, but the game was arguably the best game Washington has played all season.
“We played tough, we had our chances down the stretch,” Washington coach Gene Miiller said. “We’re getting better. We are learning. Our intensity is getting better down the stretch.”
Sophomore Colten Garland sent the game into overtime with at 49 all with a very long three at the buzzer. He also hit another three with 16 seconds left, bring the Hatchets closer. Garland had a chance to tie the game again in the overtime, but could not get the bucket to fall. He led all Washington scorers with 23 points.
Garland was joined in the backcourt scoring by freshman Matthew Stephens. Stephens hit a huge three-point play with 3:20 left in the fourth to give Washington the lead. He had 16 points.
The Alices went on a 6-0 run from the 1:30 mark in the fourth, led by Josh Sprinkle. The senior center led Lincoln with 19 points. Also right there for Lincoln with 14 points was junior Brandt Nowaskie and senior Avory Mickens with 12 points.
Early on, it seemed Lincoln did not look like the 17th-ranked team in Class 3A. The Hatchets grabbed the early lead off four straight Lincoln turnovers, grabbing a 7-0 early lead. The Alices, grabbing a couple turnovers themselves, scored the next eight points to take it back. Due to the Hatchets’ full-court press, Lincoln had 11 turnovers in the opening frame, giving Washington the lead, 9-8.
Both teams traded baskets for most of the second as Lincoln’s reserves took over. Washington was 4-5 from the line but it was not until towards halftime when Stephens hit a large three, giving the Hatchets a 21-16 lead into the second half.
Garland came out of the locker room hot, hitting two threes early in the third. Lincoln tried to use a full-court press, but Washington stretched out an eight-point lead, 29-21. Lincoln then turned the tables at the end of the quarter, and started the final quarter.
Connor Brown had two key threes in the game, ending up with six points. Matthew Sparks came off the bench for six points in reserve. Starter Jake Bedwell fouled out with two points, but ended up with 10 rebounds.
Freshmen starters Jacob Overton and Andy Garland were injured for the shorthanded Hatchets. They are expected to return before sectional at Southridge.
Also scoring for the Alices was Reeves Updike with seven points and Tyjuan Hawkins with three.
The event was Coaches vs. Cancer night with the two schools. Lincoln picked up the JV win, 46-30.