By DAVID VANTRESS
THE GOSHEN NEWS
Making good plays down the stretch and getting to the free-throw line late in the game were the keys to victory for the Goshen High School boys basketball team Tuesday night at Mishawaka.
The Redskins poured in 26 points in the fourth period on 11-of-15 shooting from the charity stripe in a 58-54 thriller as the host Cavemen tossed in 23 points in the final quarter.
“We hit some big shots,” Goshen coach Brian Bechtel said. “This was a lot better effort than we had last Friday. The guys were exhausted after this one.”
Goshen (9-5) has an important NLC game Friday at Plymouth.
“Mishawaka is a tough place to play so this game was good preparation for Plymouth,” Bechtel said.
The Redskins were clinging to a 32-31 lead at the end of the third period. Mishawaka went up 34-31 on a 3-pointer by 6-0 junior Don Mitchell at 6:51 of the fourth. That was the last time the Redskins trailed.
Five-nine sophomore Brady Bechtel ignited a 10-2 Goshen run with a trey at 6:21. Six-five senior Sam Stegelmann had a basket off an assist from Bechtel at 5:50, 6-5 sophomore Austin Woolett canned two freebies at 5:20 and converted a three-point play at 4:36.
Goshen extended its lead to 10 points (51-41) with 1:55 remaining on a free throw by Stegelmann. Mishawaka wasn’t done yet and a 10-3 run by the Cavemen made the score 54-51 at :36.
The Cavemen fouled 5-11 senior Jesse Good before the ball was in play and he drilled both freebies for a 56-51 GHS lead.
“Good hit some big free throws in the fourth, but as a team we need to get better at the line,” Bechtel said.
The Redskins finished the contest 20-of-28 from the line.
Earlier in the fourth, Goshen got a pair of ‘3s’ after the Cavemen had trimmed the deficit to three points (42-39) with 4:08 left to play.
Good canned the first at 3:35 with Stegelmann being credited with the assist and following a Mishawaka turnover Stegelmann swished the second off a pass from Good.
“Those were big baskets,” Bechtel said. “We kept telling the guys during time outs to get their feet set and to keep shooting because the shots were going to start going in.”
Woolett had a noteworthy game for the Redskins with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
“Austin was a huge key for us especially on the boards,” Bechtel said.
“He was rebounding so well I couldn’t afford to take him out of the game.
“He is still a work in progress, but he is such a hard-nosed kid that we need him on the floor.”
Woolett started his great play from the opening tip as he netted five of Goshen’s first seven points and nine of the 15 points the team had at halftime.
“I just came out and the chances were there,” Woolett said. “The only thing on my mind was getting a win for the team. It’s so great to play with the seniors on the team. They give us great leadership. All I want to do is whatever I can to see that they have the best senior season possible. Tonight was a great opportunity for me since this was the last time the seniors will play here.”
Bechtel admitted Stegelmann was a factor in Woolett’s start by drawing the defense away from the youngster.
“Teams key on Stegelmann early on,” the coach said. “That gave Woolett some openings.”
Woolett was 4-of-6 shooting from the field and 8-of-9 from the free-throw line. Four of his rebounds were on the offensive glass.
“My main role is rebounding so it feels awesome to get a double-double,” he said.
“My goal was to crash the boards in an effort to create offense for the team.”
Goshen took care of the basketball with just nine turnovers against a very aggressive Mishawaka defense.
Point guard Brady Bechtel brought the ball up court numerous times when the Cavemen were pressing. The first-year varsity player had only one turnover in the contest.
“Brady did an excellent job against the Mishawaka press,” coach Bechtel said.
“Ryan Watson’s (Mishawaka coach) teams are known for their traps and putting pressure on the ball. We played with a lot of poise against their press.”
Stegelmann paced the Redskins with a game-high 18 points. Good chipped in with nine and Brady Bechtel eight.
“Good was as focused tonight as he has been all season,” coach Bechtel said.
Good dished out four assists and Brady Bechtel three.
“Our passing was good,” coach Bechtel said. “Ten assists on 17 baskets is a good night for us.”
Six-three senior Chris Mitchell scored 16 points to lead the Cavemen.
He was honored before the game for scoring the 1,000th point of his career last weekend.
Six-seven senior Cody Childress added 12 points and 6-0 classmate Mike Buchanan 11 for Mishawaka.
Goshen 58, Mishawaka 54
GOSHEN — Austin Henke 1-3 0-1 3, Sam Stegelmann 6-11 5-8 18, Jesse Good 2-8 4-4 9, Austin Woolett 4-6 8-9 16, Brady Bechtel 2-5 3-6 8, Cristian Barron 0-0 0-0 0, Alex Hartsough 2-3 0-0 4, Derec Haynes 0-0 0-0 0. Team: 17-36 20-28 58
MISHAWAKA — Mike Buchanan 4-7 2-3 11, Don Mitchell 1-5 3-3 53, T.J. Hursey 2-6 2-2 8, Chris Mitchell 6-13 1-2 16, Jacob Schmatz 1-3 0-0 2, Caleb Gabler 0-0 0-0 0, Cody Childress 6-7 0-2 12, Trey Stoops 0-0 0-0 0. Team: 20-41 8-12 54
Goshen 9 6 17 26 — 58
Mishawaka 5 15 11 23 — 54
3-point goals: Goshen 4-14 (Bechtel 1-3, Henke 1-3, Stegelmann 1-3, Good 1-5). Mishawaka 6-17 (cMitchell 3-6, Hursey 2-6, Buchanan 1-1, dMitchell 0-4).
Fouls (fouled out): Goshen 12, Mishawka 22 (cMitchell).
Rebounds: Goshen 23 (Woolett 10,Henke 4, Stegelmann 4). Mishawaka 25 (Childress 9, cMitchell 7, Buchanan 5).
Assists: Goshen 10 (Good 4, Bechtel 3). Mishawaka 12 (cMitchell 7).
Turnovers: Goshen 9, Mishawaka 13.
Records (next games): Goshen (9-5) at Plymouth Friday. Mishawaka (8-6) hosts South Bend Clay Friday.
JV score: Goshen won 44-34. (Goshen: Jack Gingerich 16, Alex Haney 11, Trevor Weldy 8, DJ Ambrose 7, Cam Kline 2. Mishawaka: Jacob Garner 7, Zack Denlinger 6, TJ Hursey 5).