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Wildkats' sharp shooting hangs Vikings with loss
Sunday, February 9, 2014 8:45 AM
Sharp shooting by visiting Kokomo hung the Huntington North High School boys' varsity basketball team with a 69-51 loss on Friday, Feb. 7.
The Wildkats scorched the nets, shooting 29 of 46 for 63 percent. The Vikings held a 14-8 lead after the first quarter, but got blitzed by Kokomo in the second as the visitors outscored them 22-4 to build a 30-18 halftime advantage. The Wildkats led 44-32 after three frames and dropped in 25 more points in the final period to cap off the lopsided win and improve to 9-6, 2-2 in the North Central Conference.
Huntington North, 9-8, 1-3 in league play, shot 42.2 percent on a 19 of 45 showing.
Senior Matt Hogan was the Vikings' lone precision shooter, netting 17 points with a 7 for 10 effort from the field that included a 2 for 3 showing from beyond the arc. Senior Caleb Landrum was Huntington North's only other player to reach double figures, with 10 points.
Kokomo added to its register with a 9 for 12 performance from the free-throw line for 75 percent and 12 points off turnovers.
The Vikings hit 3 of 6 from the stripe for 50 percent.
Senior Kyle Platt tied for the game-high in rebounds with eight, but Huntington North lost the battle of the boards overall, 28-19.
Hogan added three assists to the Vikings' cause.