The Washington Times-Herald

February 20, 2013

Jasper uses big 3rd quarter to defeat Loogootee

From Staff Reports
Washington Times Herald

JASPER — The last game at Leo Cabby O'Neil Gymnasium was not a memorable one for Loogootee.

Jasper ran away from Loogootee in the second half, 54-38, after Loogootee appeared to be in control in the first.

Loogootee (15-5) led the Wildcats (10-9), 24-14, with 90 seconds left in the opening half, but that was before Jasper outscored Loogootee, 28-4, through the opening minutes of the fourth quarter.

Jasper was paced by inside player Mark Giesler who ended the evening with 22 points.

The Lions led 24-19 at the end of the first half, and Jasper scored the first 15 points of the third quarter before Conner Wittmer hit two free throws with 30 seconds left in the third quarter.

The Wildcats then extended the lead to 42-28 at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

The game was the last home game for the Wildcats in the historic facility that has been used since Jasper's gymnasium at the high school collapsed two seasons ago.

A new structure is expected to be open by the beginning of the new season.

The site was named for the former Jasper coach who led the Wildcats to the

1949 state championship over Madison, 62-61.

Loogootee missed two opportunities before the first half end on senior night at Jasper. That proved to be a turnaround for the host Wildcats who took control the game from that point into the second half.

The loss was the third in the last four games for the Lions. Loogootee dropped back-to-back games to Southridge (33-30) and Orleans (57-48) before defeating Washington Catholic (72-23) in its last outing.

The loss to Orleans was also on a visiting senior night.

Loogootee will host its own senior Thursday, as the Lions play for the Blue Chip Conference championship in the last regular season game.

Conner Wittmer scored 15 points for Loogootee. Nick Gobert had 13 for Jasper.