On Wednesday, the Mississinewa Indians got back in the win column, getting off to a fast start and riding that all the way in a 63-42 victory over the Bellmont Braves.
The tone was set in the first half, as the Mississinewa defense kept the Bellmont offense at bay in the first 16 minutes.
“I thought our guys came out and played really solid defense,” Coach Andrew Evertts said. “We only gave up 15 points in the first half, so that was really nice to see.”
Offensively, freshman Landen Swanner, starting the first varsity basketball of his career, had a debut to remember.
“We started Swanner and he knocked down four threes in the first half,” Evertts said. “That was huge in extending our lead.” He’s worked really hard to earn [that spot], and played incredibly well tonight.
With Anthony Horton out for an indefinite amount of time due to his high ankle sprain, Evertts expects Swanner to continue to make contributions to the team’s success.
“I’m sure he will have struggles, but he can definitely play at the varsity level, so I think from here on out, he will able to make an impact with us,” Evertt said.
Thabit Gault led the Indians in scoring with 21 points and 15 rebounds, while Swanner finished his first career start with 16 points in the victory.