Indians win home opener, improve to 2-0

Coming off of their emotional, gritty win over the Marion Giants, the Mississinewa Indians picked up their second win of the season on Saturday evening at home, defeating the Huntington North Vikings by a score of 57-45.

“This was a little bit of a trap game for us,” Mississinewa Head Coach James Reed said. “This is a totally different style of play. They went in and didn’t take anything for granted tonight. We had some huge, huge games from a couple of our main guys, [and] our effort on defense from our role players…was just great.”

The Indians led from the onset, taking a 13-11 lead after the first quarter and increasing that advantage to 29-21 at halftime.

But the game really turned in Mississinewa’s favor in the third quarter. Behind some stellar defense, particularly from Anthony Horton, the Indians outscored the Vikings 21-9 in the frame to take a double-digit lead they would not relinquish.

“We upped the pressure a little bit in the third quarter,” Reed said. “Anthony’s on the ball defense was so great. Anthony had the spark, and the rest of the team just ran with him.”

Horton, after hitting the game-winning free throws against Marion, led the Indians with 24 points against Huntington North.

“Anthony Horton had an amazing game tonight,” Reed said. “He completely took over the third quarter all by himself. He had about four steals all by himself, and three of the four ended up in an and-one in about a three-minute span. Just how smart and how selfless he has become, that is hard for a high school kid to understand, and he is figuring it out. I couldn’t be more proud of him. Here pretty soon, he is going to have college coaches filling the gym if he continues playing the way he is playing.”

Tai McClung and Landen Swanner each finished with 14 points.

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