Congrats to Players of the Week
Will O’Connor, Greenfield-Central
O’Connor tallied 31 points in the Cougars’ Senior Night victory over Knightstown, then followed with 13 in a win over Franklin County. He also tallied 3.5 assists in the two contests.
Matt Grimes, Yorktown
Grimes scored 21 points in the Tigers’ 62-52 victory over Wes-Del.
Conference news & notes
- New Castle clinched the HHC title outright last week with a 65-46 victory over Delta Thursday, followed by Shelbyville’s 55-54 loss to New Palestine Friday. New Castle has a 6-0 record in the conference, with the three teams tied for second – Shelbyville, New Palestine and Pendleton Heights – all two games back with one to play. It’s the Trojans’ second HHC title – joining one won in 2016.
- New Castle is back to No. 1 in Class 3A with an 18-2 record.
- New Castle’s Mason Gillis scored his 1,000th career point in last week’s victory over Delta. He had 29 points and 10 rebounds against Delta, and also had a double-double with 22 points against Hamilton Southeastern. Luke Bumbalough scored 20 points in the HHC victory over Delta, which clinched a piece of the title for the Trojans.
- New Palestine had balanced scoring in a 55-54 victory over Shelbyville. Gavin Hausz and Dylan Romine scored 14 points each, while Matthew True had 13. Romine also had eight boards. Zach Kuhn had 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Golden Bears. Cooper Lewis added 20 points.
- This week features three HHC games. New Castle visits Pendleton Heights for a Tuesday matchup. Friday sees two games – the annual rivalry game between New Palestine and Mt. Vernon at MV, and Delta hosting Shelbyville. While first place is wrapped up, these games will be key in sorting out the middle of the HHC standings. Five teams have either two or three losses in HHC play. Only one conference game remains after this week – Mt. Vernon and Yorktown meet on Feb. 23.