Vikings' hoop season ends at regional

Huntington North's Zach Daugherty tries to look past the defense of Zionsville's Brandon Vernon near the basket in action at the Logansport Boys' Basketball Regional Tournament on Saturday, March 9. The Vikings lost, 52-41, to end a 22-5 season.
Huntington North's Zach Daugherty tries to look past the defense of Zionsville's Brandon Vernon near the basket in action at the Logansport Boys' Basketball Regional Tournament on Saturday, March 9. The Vikings lost, 52-41, to end a 22-5 season. Photo by Steve Clark.

The season came to an end for the Huntington North High School boys’ basketball team with a 52-41 loss to Zionsville in the semifinals of the Logansport Regional on Saturday, March 9.

Isaiah Thompson scored a game-high 24 points to help give Zionsville, 21-5, a berth in the regional championship game later in the day against Carmel. The Greyhounds topped Northrop, 58-42, in the day’s first contest.

Thompson did the balance of his damage in the first half, dropping in 18 points. Behind the senior’s big offensive showing, Zionsville took a 15-8 lead on Huntington North in the first quarter and expanded its advantage to 26-15 by the half. That margin would prove difficult for the Vikings to cut into, as they trailed 41-29 after three quarters, then watched the Eagles tally 11 points to their 12 in the final frame to preserve the 11-point halftime cushion.

Huntington North, 22-5, was paced by senior Sawyer Stoltz, who produced 12 points and five rebounds. Senior Zach Daugherty added nine points and three assists to the Vikes’ cause. Seniors Hank Pulver and Trey Williams each chipped in six points.

The Vikings shot 44.4 percent from the field on 12 of 27 marksmanship. They added 10 points in 14 attempts at the free-throw line for 71.4 percent.

In addition to Thompson’s big outing, Zionville got 10 points from Ben Weidner

The Eagles converted 15 of 33 field goal attempts for 45.5 percent and 15 of 17 freebie opportunities for 88.2 percent.

Nathan Childress corralled a game-best eight rebounds to help give Zionsville a 23-12 advantage on the boards. The Eagles outrebound the Vikes on the offensive glass by a margin of 10-4.