Washington Catholic Coach Billy Nolley will have to wait a little longer for his first varsity win, as Bloomington Lighthouse spoiled his head coaching debut, 87-38 on Monday in the Birdcage to open the season.
Nolley was proud of how hard his kids played and the effort they gave.
“They have given me everything so far, and I expect that will continue. Will Bassler stepped up with his shooting and I was very proud of Isaac Halter and how he played all night,” said Nolley.
Bassler ended the night with 18 points and Halter had seven, but it wasn’t enough to slow down Lighthouse and its 14 3-pointers
“We will watch this film and learn from it. We know we have to work on our free throw shooting. Even in practice we have only been shooting between 38% and 47% (as they ended up 7 of 21).
Lighthouse opened with a 5-0 lead, but a trey from Bassler cut it to 5-3. Brady Hunter added a bucket, but Lighthouse took a 13-5 lead midway through the quarter. Bassler added a second trey, followed by a pair of free throws from Isaac Halter. Justin Sipes added a late basket, but Lighthouse posted a 21-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Halter had two baskets and Sipes added a 3-ball to cut the lead back to 29-19, but that was as close as it would get. Lighthouse got hot behind the arc and was able to stretch the lead to 37-20 with two minute left to play. Bassler posted the next five points for the Cardinals, but WC went into the half down 44-25. The Cards were hurt by 38% free throw shooting during the half.
Eli Mullen put WC on the board, but BLH was able to push it to 56-27.
Lighthouse continued to drain 3’s and took a 67-27 margin and started the IHSAA running clock. After three quarters LH took a 73-30 margin into the final 8:00.
Bassler and Jackson Halter scored WC’s first five points of the fourth’ but WC continued to have trouble shooting free throws and Lighthouse went up 83-35.
Justin Sipes ended the night with six, with three from Jackson Halter and two each from Brady Hunter and Eli Mullen.
Lighthouse was led by 21 from Coda Synder and 17 from Will Wickstrom.
WC next takes on Dubois on Dec. 3.
There was no JV game played.