Daugherty beats buzzer as Vikes edge Pilgrims

Viking forward Mitch Geller ducks under the defensive pressure of a Plymouth player on his way to the hoop in action Friday night, Feb. 16, at North Arena. The Vikings won, 51-48.
Viking forward Mitch Geller ducks under the defensive pressure of a Plymouth player on his way to the hoop in action Friday night, Feb. 16, at North Arena. The Vikings won, 51-48.

Zach Daugherty beat the buzzer with a three-pointer to give the Huntington North High School boys’ basketball team a 51-48 win over visiting Plymouth on Friday night, Feb. 16.

Daugherty, a junior, connected on all four of his three-pointers in the contest and 5 of 6 from the field overall on his way to a game-high 16 points, but obviously none bigger than the final shot, off a Sawyer Stoltz pass.

Daugherty’s shot also saved the Vikings from the embarrassment of possibly losing a game they had once led by 17 points in the first half. The Vikes, 16-6, jumped out to a 13-2 lead after the first quarter and were up by 17 at 22-5 before Plymouth closed the second quarter on an 11-1 run to cut the margin to 23-16 by halftime. The Vikes were still up, 35-30 after three quarters.

Plymouth knotted the game at 35-all within the first 1:09 of the final quarter, and neither team led by more than three points after that. Hank Pulver made two free throws to put HNHS up 48-46 with 10 seconds left, buy the Pilgrims Clay Hilliard hit a shot with three seconds left to set up Daugherty’s heroics.

Pulver had 11 points and Mitch Geller had nine to back up Daugherty.

Plymouth, 12-8, was led by Kadim McCrammer and Jake Reichard with 12 points each.

The Vikings hit 17 of 31 shots from the field for 54.8 percent, which included a solid 8 of 13 from three-point land for 61.5 percent. They hurt themselves at the free-throw line by hitting only 9 of 18 for 50 percent.

Plymouth hit 18 of 37 shots from the field for 48.6 percent and added 3 of 4 at the stripe for 75 percent.

Joe Stoffel and Geller each had three assists for HNHS.

The Viking junior varsity improved to 11-7 on the season with a 65-44 win.

Devon Newcomb and Aidan Hosler led HNHS with 17 and 16 points, respectively. Jackson Curless and Jordan Hollowell each pumped in 12 points.