Goshen News, Goshen, IN


February 12, 2014

Chargers bow out with loss to Wildcats

NAPPANEE – If you’ve been freezing your tail off this especially cold, brutal Midwest winter, no worries: Hoosier Hysteria has arrived to warm your heart and raise your blood pressure.

Tuesday night at the Panther Pit, West Noble and Whitko tipped off Class 3A NorthWood Sectional play with a quarterfinal contest.

And in true Hoosier Hysteria tradition, 32 minutes of basketball wasn’t enough to settle this one.

Overtime was needed, and Whitko prevailed, 49-46 in the extra period.

With the win, the Wildcats (15-6) move on to Friday night’s semifinals against Lakeland (9-11), which received a first-round bye.

The Chargers (11-10) sprinted out to a quick 5-0 advantage, but the Wildcats were able to weather that early West Noble surge and outscored the Chargers 13-7 over the remainder of the opening frame to lead 13-12 at the first stop.

The two teams traded the lead for much of the second stanza before, trailing 18-17, the Wildcats closed the half on an 11-7 push to lead 28-24 at intermission.

Whitko was able to scratch out to a seven-point advantage at 33-26 midway through the third, but the Chargers were able to whittle that down to four at 36-32 with eight minutes to play.

West Noble scored the first four points of the final frame to tie it at 36, but the Wildcats got a 3-pointer to claw back out to a three-point lead at 39-36.

Whitko got out to a 43-39 lead, but a couple of key defensive stops helped the Chargers get to within one at 44-43. With 57.2 seconds left – and the ball – the Chargers called time out to talk about it . But a quick shot coming out of the break was no good, and the Wildcats got the rebound, forcing West Noble to foul with 48.7 ticks remaining.

Whitko converted on just one of the charity tosses, and West Noble’s Kelsie Peterson drained a pair of clutch free throws with 34.7 seconds left to tie it at 45.

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