Sharpshooting Leo sends Vikings to first hoop loss of season

Sharpshooting Leo was too much for the visiting Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team  and sent the Vikings to their first defeat of the season, 64-53, on Friday, Dec. 15.

The Lions connected on 23 of 37 shots from the field for 62.2 percent as they sent the Vikings to 5-1 on the season. Leo jumped on top, 20-16, after the first frame, improved the margin to 34-26 by halftime and went into the final frame with a 44-32 advantage.

Sawyer Stoltz and Hank Pulver led the Vikings with 16 and 12 points, respectively. Joe Stoffel added eight points and Zach Daugherty tossed in seven.

Leo had four player score in double figures , paced by Jeremy Davison with a game-high 25 points. Luke Stoller added 14 points, Lane Reed had 13 and Blake Davison added 10 as Leo improved to 6-1 on the campaign.

The Vikings hit 23 of 51 shots from the field for a respectable 45.1 percent, but it was not good enough on this night. They also hit 3 of 5 free throws for 60 percent.

Leo’s hot shooting included 9 of 18 from three-point land for 50 percent. The hosts also canned 9 of 12 free throws for 75 percent.

Stoltz was the big man on the boards for the Vikings, grabbing a game-high 11 caroms, and he added two blocked shots.

Pulver had three assists.

The Huntington North junior varsity team improved its record to 3-3 with a 52-37 win.

Devin Newcomb scored 15 points  and Aidan Hosler added 14 to lead the JV Vikes.