LAPEL -The Lapel Bulldogs were struggling early in their game Friday night against the Sheridan Blackhawks and needed someone to turn things around.

That someone was senior guard Noah Hendershot.

Hendershot scored 13 of his game high 23 points during the second quarter as Lapel overcame a sluggish start and pulled away to a 72-57 victory over a game Sheridan squad.

The Blackhawks fought back from an early five point deficit by ending the first quarter on an 8-2 run, capped by a running jumper from junior Jake Chesney to beat the buzzer and give Sheridan its first lead of the game at 14-13.

Lapel coach Jimmie Howell said the team was experiencing a bit of a hangover from last week's tough loss to archrival Frankton.

"No question," he said. "When you play a big rival, you're going to be a little down the next game."

As the second quarter got underway, it became apparent that Hendershot had seen enough.

Following a pair of free throws by senior Elliott Barker which gave Sheridan the lead at 16-15, Hendershot took over. He found an opening in the lane and cut to the basket for an open layup to give Lapel the lead at 19-16.

Sheridan did battle back to take a 21-19 lead, but Hendershot would not be denied. He quickly tied the game on another layup and senior Brady Cherry gave Lapel the lead for good, scoring a layup in transition off a JonRoss Richardson steal.

Three-point baskets by junior Kamron Herrington and Hendershot on consecutive possessions and a nifty reverse layup from Hendershot stretched Lapel's lead to 10 at 33-23. Hendershot and Richardson hit layups to close out the half and Lapel had its biggest lead at 37-25 at halftime.

This balance helped Lapel (14-4) push its lead to 20 early in the third quarter. Baskets by Herrington, Hendershot, Richardson and Cherry keyed an 8-0 Bulldog run, and despite Sheridan's best efforts, the lead was never seriously threatened the rest of the way.

Hendershot's 23 points, on 11 of 13 shooting from the field, led four Bulldogs in double figures as Herrington scored 17, Richardson had 15 and Cherry chipped in 12.

Three Blackhawks scored double digits as Garrett Chesney had 14, Barker had 12 and junior Chris Roberts added 11. Sheridan (4-9) leading scorers Brock Kitchel (14.4) and Jake Chesney (11.1) were held to a combined 15 points by Lapel's defense.

Sheridan returns home for a game versus Northwestern tomorrow night.