ELNORA — Sometimes the term success is in the eye of the beholder. Washington Catholic saw its season end at the hands of Vincennes Rivet 47-32 in the bye game of the North Daviess Sectional. Although the Cardinals did not emerge victorious, they did double their victory total from a year ago, and also have seen an influx of new players into the program.
After watching the Patriots paste Loogootee by a 65-45 count on Tuesday night by using a fast-paced offensive attack, Coach John Howell knew the Cardinals would need the game played at their tempo to be successful. The opening half saw the Cardinals use various half-court zone defenses to try to slow the Rivet attack and control tempo.
The pace of the game in the first half was exactly where the Cardinals wanted it, but the scoreboard was not. Rivet led early by a 10-6 count, and a late three from Ethan Wichman cut the Patriot advantage to just 24-13 at half.
Any ideas the Cardinals had of pulling the upset were ended at the outset of the third quarter, and specifically by the work of Patriot senior Collin Wirth. Wirth cashed in on three consecutive driving baskets to open the quarter, and give Rivet a 30-13 lead.
Rivet opened the quarter on an 11-0 run before the Cardinals finally hit the scoreboard with a Wichman triple. Alex Halter ended the quarter with a layup, and gave the Patriots a 37-17 advantage going to the final quarter.
The Patriot onslaught continued to begin the final quarter, and a quick triple from Alex Halter moved the margin to 25 at 42-17. After Rivet increased its margin to 44-17, the Cardinal offense finally came to life.
A barrage of three-point baskets from A.J. Sellers and Wichman allowed the Cardinals to close to within 47-32. Washington Catholic however could get no closer, and neither team scored in the game’s final two minutes to account for the final margin.