ELNORA — The North Daviess Cougars racked up another potential sectional scalp with a 43-34 win over Shoals on Friday night in the Cougar Den.
The game ended up a low-scoring affair; however, ND was able to build up a 15-0 lead to start the game and that proved to be enough for the win. The win also moved ND to 7-5 and was their seventh in the last eight games.
Kirk Wagler was the lone Cougar in double figures with 10, but seven Cougars made it into the scoring column.
“It was nice to get a 15-point lead, but we have to do a better job of handling prosperity. Give credit to Shoals, they kept playing right up to the end. We would have liked to have scored 55 points, but in the third quarter we said, ‘let’s go out and win the game.’ We have never had the prettiest style of play, but I like where we are right now,” said ND coach Brent Dalrymple.
“What we need is more consistency. Just like the thing with Townsend. We have prepared for him not to play for a couple of weeks, but we found out it was a misdiagnosis of a broken wrist, and he ended up ready to play.”
Kirk Wagler opened the Cougar scoring with a trey to open the game; however, ND also got a spark from Jaylen Mullen who made it 6-0. ND also saw the return of Jack Townsend, who had missed the previous game with a wrist injury. Trevor Riggins added a late basket to push it to 8-0 in the final minute; however, Mullen would also add a pair of free throws with :1.7 left on the clock to end the first quarter at 10-0.
Townsend and Kirk Wagler added the first five points of the second, to put ND up 15-0, but Shoals would fire back with the next five. Shoals ended up on a 9-0 run, as Dayson Wright also added two buckets for the Rox. Jalen Knepp and Daryn Lengacher also scored pushing the lead to 19-11, but ND was out scored 11-9 during the eight minute quarter.
Shoals used a pair of treys to open the third and cut the margin to 22-18. ND added an interior bucket from Wagler, as they slowed their offense down. Riggins also picked up a basket. ND took almost two minutes of the clock and worked for the final shot of the quarter, as Daryn Lengacher picked up a back-door lay-up to give ND a 28-18 lead going into the final eight minutes.
Levi Pendley connected on a trey for the Rox, that pulled Shoals to within seven. Townsend and Riggins added free throws and ND had extended the lead back to 10 with 3:21 left.
Pendley added a late bucket and a trey at the buzzer, but Knepp added a basket and free throws from Logan Wilson, Mullen and Riggins to secure the 43-34 win.
Wagler led ND with 10, Mullen had nine, Riggins had six, Townsend and Knepp had five, Lengacher and Wilson had four each.
Dayson Wright had 11, while Pendley and Reece Sherrill had nine each.
The Cougars took the JV contest, 43-26.
ND takes on Shakamak on Friday.