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Midstate roundup: Free throws down stretch carry Heyworth to victory

Midstate roundup: Free throws down stretch carry Heyworth to victory

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The Heyworth High School basketball team used a fourth-quarter march to the free-throw line to earn a 60-58 Midstate Conference win at Flanagan on Friday night.

Heyworth (3-1 in Midstate, 4-2 overall) held a slim 38-36 lead after three quarters but then put up a 14-for-19 performance from the stripe in the final period after the Hornets' inside game had Flanagan (0-2, 2-6) in deep foul trouble. Ryan Campbell hit two free throws late in the quarter to give Heyworth a four-point lead and put the game out of reach.

Sophomore Jordan Slayback led Heyworth with a game-high 18 points. The Hornets also got solid performances from Nate Riordan, who scored nine points while pulling down seven rebounds, and Brandon Bell, who added 10 points.

"This was a nice team effort," said Heyworth coach Terry Lootens. "We came out a little sluggish but were able to get our inside game going and get them into foul trouble. Flanagan hung tough, though, and we could never really distance ourselves."

Flanagan was led by sophomore guard Darin Gundy, who scored 15 points, while Bruce Jones chipped in with 12 points.

Ridgeview 70, Tri-Point 61

Ridgeview used a 49-point second half to upend Tri-Point in a contest at Colfax.

Led by senior Carl Hamlow's team-high 15 points and nine rebounds, Ridgeview (1-1 in Midstate Conference, 1-3 overall) rallied from a 24-21 halftime deficit to take a 47-38 lead into the final period. The teams traded baskets in the final quarter but Tri-Point (1-2, 3-6) couldn't cut into the Mustang lead.

Ridgeview's junior backcourt tandem of Trevor Trhlik and Josh Petersen scored 13 points apiece for the Mustangs. Trhlik also dished out a game-high seven assists.

Tri-Point was led by junior forward who scored a game-high 23 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Senior forward Matt Malone chimed in with 15 points while grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds.

Dee-Mack 76, Woodland 37

Benny Frietsch and Dan Abbott combined for 28 points as Deer Creek-Mackinaw handled Woodland in a nonconference game at Mackinaw.

Abbott scored seven of his 14 points in the opening quarter as Dee-Mack (2-2) raced out to a 20-4 lead. The Chiefs extended the lead to 39-18 at halftime and ran away in the third quarter by outscoring Woodland (0-8) 19-7 for a 58-25 margin.

Frietch's 14 points included a 6-for-7 effort from the free throw line. Senior Derek Morrow turned in a strong performance as he scored 11 points, handed out a game-high nine assists and also added four steals for Dee-Mack.

"Benny looked as good as he has all year and just keeps getting stronger," said Dee-Mack coach Mitch Holmgren. "We played very well defensively and are beginning to get our rhythm on offense."

Chris Cassady scored 11 points to lead Woodland.


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