The Times photos by Kaiti Sullivan // SEASON'S END: University senior Ethan Sickels hugs his mother after the Trailblazers 55-53 loss to the Morristown Yellow Jackets in Saturday’s Class 1A regional semis at Martinsville.
The Times photos by Kaiti Sullivan // SEASON'S END: University senior Ethan Sickels hugs his mother after the Trailblazers 55-53 loss to the Morristown Yellow Jackets in Saturday’s Class 1A regional semis at Martinsville.
A tremendous season came to an end for the Trailblazers on Saturday.

No. 4 Morristown survived a 55-53 battle with No. 2 University in the Class 1A Martinsville regional semi-finals to claim the title.

University senior Zach Hodgin knotted the score at 53 on a driving layup with 12 seconds left in the game, but Morristown had an answer. Senior Hayden Langkabel connected on a shot of his own in the paint to reclaim the lead for the Yellow Jackets with 2.7 to play.

The Trailblazers called a timeout and drew up one final play, which resulted in senior Foster Flamion finding fellow senior David Howard open in left corner. Howard got up a shot, but his 3-pointer missed off the front of rim.

“(It) was a real battle for four quarters,” said University head coach Brandon Lafferman. “I thought we battled adversity really well, as calls were not going our way and shots were not dropping consistently. Hodgin, Watson and Howard all made some big plays … but we came up one basket short. I thought the whole Morristown team played well and congrats to them for winning the regional.”

Langkabel scored a game-high 24 points, as Morristown (26-2) advances to the Class 1A semi-state at Loogootee.

Howard led the Trailblazers in points with 18, including four makes from behind the arc. Hodgin and senior Josh Watson joined Howard in double-figures with 13 and 10, respectively.

The game remained close throughout, with the largest lead of the game being a eight-point advantage for Morristown in the third. University cut its deficit to two, 42-40, by the end of the quarter behind a trio of 3’s from Howard.

Morristown led 47-42 several minutes into the fourth, but Flamion evened the score at 49 with about 2:40 on the clock. Both sides traded buckets, with Hodgin scoring on two straight possessions to help match Yellow Jacket baskets. But Langkabel’s layup with 2.7 remaining proved to be the game-winner.

University’s season ends at 21-3.

“This season, our seniors set a new standard for our basketball program at University High School,” Lafferman said. “They played a beautiful, unselfish brand of basketball and were a joy to watch. I feel really lucky to have gotten the chance to coach such a great group of kids, and I am excited about our future as they move on to college. We have a lot of great underclassman who can contribute soon and they all learned a lot about how to win from this year’s team.” A tremendous season came to an end for the Trailblazers on Saturday.

No. 4 Morristown survived a 55-53 battle with No. 2 University in the Class 1A Martinsville regional semi-finals to claim the title.

University senior Zach Hodgin knotted the score at 53 on a driving layup with 12 seconds left in the game, but Morristown had an answer. Senior Hayden Langkabel connected on a shot of his own in the paint to reclaim the lead for the Yellow Jackets with 2.7 to play.

The Trailblazers called a timeout and drew up one final play, which resulted in senior Foster Flamion finding fellow senior David Howard open in left corner. Howard got up a shot, but his 3-pointer missed off the front of rim.

“(It) was a real battle for four quarters,” said University head coach Brandon Lafferman. “I thought we battled adversity really well, as calls were not going our way and shots were not dropping consistently. Hodgin, Watson and Howard all made some big plays … but we came up one basket short. I thought the whole Morristown team played well and congrats to them for winning the regional.”

Langkabel scored a game-high 24 points, as Morristown (26-2) advances to the Class 1A semi-state at Loogootee.

Howard led the Trailblazers in points with 18, including four makes from behind the arc. Hodgin and senior Josh Watson joined Howard in double-figures with 13 and 10, respectively.

The game remained close throughout, with the largest lead of the game being a eight-point advantage for Morristown in the third. University cut its deficit to two, 42-40, by the end of the quarter behind a trio of 3’s from Howard.

Morristown led 47-42 several minutes into the fourth, but Flamion evened the score at 49 with about 2:40 on the clock. Both sides traded buckets, with Hodgin scoring on two straight possessions to help match Yellow Jacket baskets. But Langkabel’s layup with 2.7 remaining proved to be the game-winner.

University’s season ends at 21-3.

“This season, our seniors set a new standard for our basketball program at University High School,” Lafferman said. “They played a beautiful, unselfish brand of basketball and were a joy to watch. I feel really lucky to have gotten the chance to coach such a great group of kids, and I am excited about our future as they move on to college. We have a lot of great underclassman who can contribute soon and they all learned a lot about how to win from this year’s team.”