“We all had each other’s backs out there,” Dotlich said. “We knew we had to get the boards and we knew we had to push the ball. We got off to a little bit of a slow start but everybody just turned it up out there. Parker had a bunch of deflections and we knew that if we played good defense that would help to get our offense going.”
Gerig led Woodlan with 19 points while Greg White had 13 and Jaylin Bennett finished with 10 points of his own.
Winamac shot 48 percent from the field on 20-of-42 shooting. They were 5 for 13 from behind the arc while they were 25 of 37 from the stripe (67.6 percent).
Woodlan was also 48 percent from the field at 21 of 44. From 3-point land Woodlan was 8 of 20 for 40 percent and it was 10 of 17 from the line for 59 percent.
“There’s no question for us. We have been preaching that defense is what wins teams championships,” Johnson said. “We gave up a lot more points in that last quarter than I would’ve liked but they just fought. Our kids didn’t let up defensively and Parker really stepped up offensively and his motor got the other kids going too. I thought something that was big for us too was the play of our guys inside. They had some good size to them but our guys got in there and battled against them and we got the win. I’d like for our free-throw percentage to be a little higher but we got to the line 37 times this game and I’ll take that.”