On Tuesday night in the sectional 23 opener, the Mississinewa Indians’ season came to an end, as they were defeated by the Norwell Knights by a score of 60-40 on Tuesday night.
Mississinewa started the game strong, building a four-point lead after the first quarter playing to an 18-18 with 4:25 remaining in the contest.
But Norwell’s offense caught fire, outscoring the Indians 23-6 between the 4:25 mark of the second quarter and the 3:25 mark of the third stanza to take a 41-24 lead they would not relinquish.
“The first quarter really went to gameplan,” Mississinewa Head Coach James Reed said. “We were up 12-8, and we were fine. We were forcing them into quick shots and getting the rebound. Honestly, they just got hot, and we didn’t. That really was the story of what happened. They hit five threes in the second quarter, and in a tight game like that where both teams defensively are so good, that just made all the difference. They hit shots, and we didn’t.”
While their season ended sooner than Reed would have hoped, it’s hard to not be impressed with what the Indians’ has accomplished in his first season. They won the Grant Four tournament for the second time in three seasons. They were 1:15 seconds away from defeating longtime rival Frankton and clinching at least a piece of the conference. They have a solid young core that is only going to get better, along with a rich feeder program full of young talent.
This is only the beginning for Reed and the Indians.
“We’ve got to put in the work, and we’ve got to put in all the practice that it takes to get to the level where we are not hoping to win a first round sectional game – we just know we are going to win,” Reed said. “But I’m excited about this group, I really am. We have a really bright future, and we have kids who want to work hard in the summer, so I’m excited with where we will be next year.”