Pharos-Tribune

Local Sports

January 26, 2013

No. 10 Panthers top Comets in key MWC clash

ROYAL CENTER — Since Nov. 30, Caston and Pioneer have gone 19-2. Both teams entered Friday’s contest in Royal Center with unblemished conference records, and once again the victor would be in the driver's seat for a Midwest Conference title.

The contrasts in these two quality basketball teams are many. The Comets are small, but they make up for it with pressure defense and lethal waves of perimeter shooting. The Panthers are a deep team, and they use a routine size advantage well on both ends of the floor.

However, fans of both these rival squads would agree that the common denominator is hustle. But that Pioneer size advantage was the key factor in Friday’s game, along with some deadly outside shooting of their own. The Class A No. 10 Panthers outgunned the Comets 63-45, and now stand alone atop the conference standings at 4-0.

Jake Howdeshell got the Comets (10-5, 4-1) started with a 3 just 30 seconds into the game. But consecutive baskets by Mitchell Williams and Matt Dorris would give Pioneer (11-3, 4-0) its first and final lead of the game at the 4:58 mark of the first quarter. Carter Skaggs scored seven points in the period, including five straight to give the Panthers a 14-6 advantage. Howdeshell answered with another bomb as the quarter came to a close, drawing the deficit to five.

Pioneer thrived all night on runs,, routinely shutting the door on any Comet hopes of closing the gap.  The second period started with a 7-0 run, which culminated with a cold-blooded 3 by Brandon Scruggs at the 5:43 mark. After free throws by Quentin Douglass and a Dustin Offenberger 3, the Panthers went on an 8-0 run to kick the lead up to 15 at the 1:49 mark. Offenberger answered again with another 3 as the period ended, keeping his team within striking distance at 32-19. The sophomore guard certainly did his part, drilling four 3s in the game and finishing with 12 points for Caston.

After a Dorris basket with 4:42 left in the third, the Panthers seemed to be in total control at 38-21.  But, Caston put together an 8-0 run of its own, including back-to-back 3s by Howdeshell and Offenberger. Free throws by Douglass brought Caston to within nine to start the fourth quarter. He led the Comets with 13 points.

A string of Panther turnovers led to consecutive buckets by Douglass cut the lead to eight at the 6:00 mark. Scruggs answered with a long 3, ending the brief Comet run. He finished with a game-high 23 points in the game, including 11 in the fourth quarter. Moss brought the Comets as close as they would come, nailing a 3 to cut the lead to eight again. Following a technical foul on the Comet bench, Carter Skaggs hit the free throws, then scored quickly off a steal to extend the lead to 14 with just over two minutes to play. He finished with 18 points in the contest. The Panther lead ballooned to 20 after Alex Boonstra scored with :18 to go.

“Caston is a great team, so I knew they’d make a run at us,” Pioneer coach Pat Skaggs said. “We go as our seniors go. Stephen Whitlock and Matt Dorris played great defensively tonight and Brandon Scruggs hit some huge shots.”

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local Sports
  • SPT-PT042514 LHS LC GSB.jpg Kings club Berries, 6-1 Pitching was a question mark for Lewis Cass' softball team entering the season. Cheyenne Dittmaier has provided the answer this week. The junior right-hander baffled Logansport Thursday, shutting down the Berries to lead the Kings to a 6-1 win at Fin

    April 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • Logansport baseball survives at Plymouth, 7-5 Bingaman leadsPioneer softball; LHS tennis routs Kokomo Logansport baseball survives at Plymouth, 7-5 From Staff Reports

    April 25, 2014

  • SPT-PT042414 AOW Kiesling2.jpg Keisling enjoys Lewis Cass’ semistate run in basketball Austin Keisling and the Lewis Cass boys basketball team certainly celebrated the school's 50th anniversary in style. The Kings were golden this year, going 22-3 and making a run to the semistate. Keisling said he didn't know it was Cass' 50th anniver

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lady Kings track darts past Eastern, Western In a Mid-Indiana Conference meet preview, Lewis Cass ran past a pair of league stalwarts Wednesday in Walton. The Kings scored 60 points to edge out the post-Neeley twin Eastern Comets (57) and the Western Panthers (50) on senior night. Kelsey Smith

    April 24, 2014

  • SPT-PT042414 LC BTrack.jpg Kings split with Carroll Lewis Cass had mixed results in a track meet against Carroll Tuesday in Walton. The Kings won the boys event 71-60 and lost the girls event 69-63. In the boys event, Austin Keisling was a triple winner as the Kings got good efforts from some athletes

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - PT042314 - Tom Lindley column - Lindley column sig LINDLEY: Hoops stars may linger on campus a while longer Adam Silver, the new commissioner of the National Basketball Association, scored a public relations victory when he came out in strong support of raising the league's minimum age to 20 years old -- a move that would have talented collegians spending

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT-PT042214 Pio v Win SB2.jpg Pioneer wins MWC tilt Pioneer's softball team defeated Winamac 6-2 Monday in a Midwest Conference softball game at Herk Hoffman Field. Megan Smith had three hits including a double and two runs scored for the Panthers (5-5, 1-1 MWC). The Panthers' starting shortstop and l

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT-PT042014 - lhs loganland Whitney.jpg Miss Basketball Jennings earns top Loganland honor Whitney Jennings had already made quite a name for herself in basketball circles around town before she even entered high school. There were stories that a little blonde girl was tearing up middle school competition, single-handedly dominating teams.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Logansport baseball splits DH at Penn Logansport's baseball team continued its high scoring ways in a doubleheader split at Penn on Saturday. The Berries dropped the opener 12-7 before winning the game two 8-7. The Berries (5-2) pounded out 26 hits on the day, 14 in the opener and 12 in

    April 20, 2014

  • SPT-PT041814 LHS Tennis.jpg Logan tops Lewis Cass in early season tennis match Logansport's girls tennis team defeated rival Lewis Cass 4-1 Thursday in Walton. The Berries improved to 2-1 on the young season while the Kings dropped to 0-1. Whitney Jennings defeated Gabi Hartley 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, Brooke Bullard defeated

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
More pharostribune.com
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Raw: Obama Tours Gyeongbok Palace Swimmer Michael Phelps Back in Competition Raw: Obama Lays Korean War Memorial Wreath Obama Leads Naturalization Ceremony in Seoul Calif. School Bus Crash Hurts Driver, 11 Kids Country Club for Exotic Cars Little Science Behind 'Pollen Vortex' Prediction US Proposes Pay-for-priority Internet Standards Wife Mourns Chicago Doctor Killed in Afghanistan FDA Proposes Regulations on E-cigarettes Kerry Warns Russia of Expensive New Sanctions Mideast Peace Talks Stall on Hamas Deal Cody Walker Remembers His Late Brother Paul Grieving South Korea Puts Up Yellow Ribbons Raw: Kerry Brings His Dog to Work Raw: Girls Survive Car Crash Into Their Bedroom Three U.S. Doctors Killed by Afghan Security Yankees' Pineda Suspended 10 Games for Pine Tar Colleagues Mourn Death of Doctors in Afghanistan Ukraine Launches Operation Against Insurgents
Poll

Should mushroom hunters be allowed to forage off-trail in Indiana state parks?

Yes
No
Undecided
     View Results
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.