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Vikings ready for conference duel at Norwell

by Eric Andrews - eandrews@h-ponline.com

The Huntington North boys basketball team will return to the court tonight when they travel to Ossian, Indiana, to take on Norwell in a Northeast 8 Conference (NE8) matchup.

The Vikings enter the contest sporting a 14–3 season record, including a 5–1 mark in NE8 competitions.

Huntington North last played on Feb. 2 in a 60–47 road victory over NE8 foe New Haven.

Despite the Bulldogs holding a 16–12 lead after the first quarter and a 22–21 advantage at halftime, a huge 24–13 third quarter helped put the Vikings ahead for good.

Huntington North’s big three led the way for the Vikings, as senior forward Hank Pulver and senior guard Zach Daugherty tied for a game-high 18 points apiece. Senior forward Sawyer Stoltz trailed closely behind with 16 points.

Pulver also posted a game-high total of eight rebounds while handing out three assists, while Daugherty tacked on two rebounds, two assists and one steal despite fouling out of the game. Stoltz posted seven rebounds and a game-high six assists to go along with one steal and the Vikings’ lone block of the game.

Senior guards Brett Kaylor and Trey Williams and junior guard Deven Newcomb finished the Huntington North scoring with three, three and two points, respectively, in the victory for the Vikings.

Norwell, meanwhile, enters the battle sporting an 11–6 overall season record and also holds a 5–1 mark in their NE8 matchups. Both team’s lone NE8 loss this season came against East Noble, with the Vikings losing 47–36 on Dec. 8 and Norwell falling 41–32 on Jan. 26.

The Knights come into tonight fresh off a narrow 48–46 defeat to Heritage on Tuesday. Despite Norwell holding a 46–45 lead with 33 seconds left in the game, Heritage was able to gain the lead and hold off the Knights as the final seconds ticked off the clock.

The winner of tonight’s game will claim the second spot in the NE8 standings with a 6–1 conference record. Although East Noble could also finish with a 6–1 NE8 record if they lose to New Haven (3–3 in NE8 play) tonight, East Noble holds the tie-breaker over both Huntington North and Norwell after defeating both teams this season.

Opening tip-off for tonight’s duel between Huntington North and Norwell is slated for 7:45 p.m.