LOOGOOTEE — After two consecutive losses, the Loogootee boys' basketball team needed a strong performance to get back in the win column.
The Lions (15-4, 7-0 Blue Chip) defeated Washington Catholic (2-16, 1-7), 72-23, Tuesday at Jack Butcher Arena behind a balanced scoring attack, led by Matt Mathies¹ 18 points. Loogootee lost its previous two games to Southridge (13-3) and Orleans (9-9).
After a TJ Hill basket knotted the score at four, the Lions went on a 13-0 run highlighted by three 3-pointers from senior Matt Mathies. A late Colton Reed layup cut the lead to 17-6 after the first quarter. Mathies and senior Cam Wagler combined for 15 of the Lions 17 first quarter points
"We talked the other day about Matt's (Mathies) ability to score," said Loogootee coach Mike Wagoner. "When he only takes four shots, either he's not working to get open or we¹re not setting him up enough. Matt is that kind of kid - he can get 17 or 18 on any given night. We talked about him driving to the basket and pulling up short, and he did that tonight."
In the second quarter things didn¹t get any easier for the Cardinals. A Nick Boyd basket cut the lead back to 11, at 21-10, but Loogootee countered with a 16-2 run to end the quarter. The Lions took the 37-12 lead into halftime, as Mathies led all scorers with 13 points.
"I know we've been struggling for a while, but we need to do a better job controlling our game on the offensive end," said Washington Catholic John Howell. "We tend to get in a hurry and jack up quick shots. We have to learn to be a little more patient when we're struggling shooting the ball."
Loogootee continued its dominant play in the third quarter by outscoring the Cardinals 19-7 in the quarter. Mathies connected on his fourth 3-pointer of the night, and added his third two-point basket. Brendan Purdue led Washington Catholic with four points in the third.