Vikings to 7-1 by beating Apaches

Huntington North forward Sawyer Stoltz works down low against a pair of Wabash defenders in the Vikings' 56-44 win over the Apaches on Friday, Dec. 22, at North Arena.
Huntington North forward Sawyer Stoltz works down low against a pair of Wabash defenders in the Vikings' 56-44 win over the Apaches on Friday, Dec. 22, at North Arena. Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team used it winning formula of patient offense and tight defense to down visiting Wabash, 56-44, on Friday night, Dec. 22.

The Vikings upped their record to 7-1 on the season by hitting 21 of 34 shots from the field for 61.8 percent, and then holding the Apaches, 4-3, to just 11 points in each quarter.

Juniors Zach Daugherty and Hank Pulver led the way for Coach Craig Teagle’s squad, firing in 15 and 14 points, respectively. Mitch Geller added 11 points and Joe Stoffel chipped in eight.

In addition to their strong marksmanship from the field, the Vikings put the nails in the coffin for Wabash with a perfect 13 of 13 showing at the free-throw line.

The Apaches for their part went 16 of 46 from the field for just 34.8 percent, which included a 6 of 26, 23.1 percent effort beyond the arc. The Apaches hit 6 of 7 free throws for 85.7 percent.

Geller led Huntington North to a 27-16 rebounding advantage with a game-high seven boards.

Pulver had five steals.

Luke Mattern led Wabash with a game-high 18 points. Trenton Daughtry added 10 points.

The HNHS junior varsity evened its record at 4-4 by nipping its Wabash counterpart, 48-46.

Jordan Hollowell fired in 8 of 9 shots from the field on the way to a game-high 18 points. Devin Newcomb added 10 points.