Playing in their first game of the New Year on Wednesday evening, the Mississinewa Indians recorded their eighth victory of the season, using a strong second half to defeat the Southwood Knights by a score of 85-61.
The Indians started the game hot, building a seven-point lead after the first eight minutes of play.
“We [got off] to a great start,” Mississinewa Head Coach James Reed said. “We were up 23-16 after the first quarter and played better than that even.”
But in the second quarter, the Knights pushed back, taking advantage of some defensive lapses by the Indians to tie the game up at halftime.
“In the second quarter, Tai had a huge dunk – an alley oop from Landen Swanner – and it seemed like we really loosened up fundamentally after that,” Reed said. “Southwood played really well, and defensively, we weren’t ourselves. [We were outscored] 19-12.”
Discussions were had and adjustments were made, and in the third quarter, the Indians regained control of the contest for good.
“We had a tough talk at halftime, and they came out and responded with 31 points in the third quarter,” Reed said. “We took over the game, and they were a really good version of themselves.We shot the ball well. We shot 64 percent from the field, shot 37 percent from three, and our assist total was at 28. I couldn’t be happier with the way our guys are playing.”
Tai McClung led the Indians with 25 points, while Landen Swanner finished with 21. Hayden Ulerick collected eight points, all of which came in the first quarter, while Anthony Horton posted seven points and 10 assists.