Vikings set record in 49-16 romp over Columbia City

The Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team broke the program record for fewest points allowed in a game in a 49-16 win over host Columbia City on Wednesday, Jan. 24.

Previously, the program’s best defensive performance in a varsity contest came during the 2010-11 season in a tilt versus Mississinewa; that Viking squad handed the Indians a 68-19 defeat.

Huntington North bettered that mark by holding Columbia City to 5 of 30 marksmanship from the field for a scant 16.7 percent. The Vikings shut out the Eagles through the game’s opening half, building a 12-0 lead in the first quarter and expanding it to 31-0 by halftime.

The hosts finally managed to get on the board in the third quarter, but the period saw Coach Craig Teagle’s squad take its biggest lead of the game at 40-3. Huntington North exited the third up 42-6.

The Vikings, 13-3, 2-2 in the Northeast 8 Conference, got 14 points from Mitch Geller. The senior also pulled down a game-high eight rebounds to help give the visitors a 21-16 advantage on the boards.

Huntington North also got 11 points from junior Sawyer Stoltz and nine apiece from juniors Hank Pulver and Trey Williams.

The Vikings converted 20 of 31 field goal attempts for a sizzling 64.5 percent. They added four buckets in five attempts at the free-throw line for 80 percent.

Huntington North tallied 19 points off of a dozen Columbia City turnovers. Zach Daugherty had five steals for HNHS.

Columbia City, 7-10, 1-3 in conference, was paced by Mitchell Wilson, who accounted for the majority of his team’s offense with 10 points.

The Eagles took four shots at the charity stripe, hitting three for 75 percent.

Huntington North also won the junior varsity contest, 39-35.

Sophomore Aidan Hosler tallied 10 points for the Vikings, who improve to 7-5.