The Times file photo by Aaron Snyder
No. 13 Isiaac Wilson (center-right) celebrates after a big three by Gus Etchison (out of focus, left) in the third quarter of the Huskies win last week. Fans didn’t have as much to celebrate on Friday night as their Huskies trailed for most of the game after Central Catholic broke a 12-12 tie just three minutes into the game. When the final buzzer sounded it was Central Catholic on top 81-65.
The Times file photo by Aaron Snyder No. 13 Isiaac Wilson (center-right) celebrates after a big three by Gus Etchison (out of focus, left) in the third quarter of the Huskies win last week. Fans didn’t have as much to celebrate on Friday night as their Huskies trailed for most of the game after Central Catholic broke a 12-12 tie just three minutes into the game. When the final buzzer sounded it was Central Catholic on top 81-65.

The Hamilton Heights Huskies (13-7) took on the Lafayette Central Catholic Knights (17-3) on Friday night in Arcadia and, despite competitive play in the opening minutes, the Huskies were defeated by 16 points: 81-65.

Coming into the matchup the Knights had 1,254 points through 19 games compared to Heights’ 1,284 in the same number of contests. The Knights had given up roughly 200 points less throughout those games though, and their defensive prowess showed.

Heights was led by sophomore Gus Etchison who matched his season average of 23 points. Etchison also had eight assists—he averages seven—as well as three blocks and two steals. Sharpshooters Hickok and A.J. Field managed 15 and 14 points respectively after combining for nine of the 11 Huskies’ three-pointers.

It looked to be a good, competitive game in the opening few minutes of play as the two teams traded buckets, and the lead, back and forth. Each time Central Catholic started to pull away, Heights’ A.J. Field and Gus Etchison were there to step up and bring the Huskies back to a tie.

Things changed with about three minutes to go in the first quarter when the Knights started to pull away—eventually going on an 8-0 run. It looked like Central Catholic might take a nine point lead into the second quarter, but Heights’ A.J. Field hit a big three at the buzzer to cut the lead to just six points.

At the end of the first quarter it was Central Catholic on top 26-20.

The second quarter started off with the Knights outscoring the Huskies 9-5 in the opening minutes and they weren’t done scoring just yet. It seemed like each time Heights knocked down a shot, the Knights answered.

By the end of the first half, Central Catholic’s lead had grown to 12 points as the Knights took a 45-33 lead into the locker room.

The second half brought more of the same, as the Knights extended their lead to 17 points in the opening minute and a half of the third. The Central Catholic lead grew to its largest margin of the night—20 points—with 2:25 left in the third and, by the end of the third quarter, the Knights were on top 64-48.

By that time, Central Catholic had all the momentum it needed to sustain the lead. With 2:20 left to play the Knights had a 73-58 lead over the Huskies and with 1:17 the Huskies made a platoon swap—subbing in multiple players from the bench as well as junior varsity.

At the final buzzer, it was Central Catholic on top 81-65.

Lafayette Central Catholic will travel to Russiaville tonight for their next game to take on Western (16-3). Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m.

The Huskies will look to bounce back against Peru (8-10) tonight in an away game that is set to tipoff at 7:45 p.m.