The Millers hosted Hoosier Crossroads Conference opponent Westfield on Friday night as the two-schools separated by just eight miles met up on the hardwood. Using a 14-1 second quarter the Rocks would defeat the Millers by a final score of 52-45. 

The Millers came out in the first quarter and played great defense as they held the Rocks offense to just six points. After the defensive effort in the second by the Rocks, they were able to take a 20-12 lead into halftime. The third quarter saw the teams trade baskets and the Millers were only able to shave one point off the Rocks lead heading into the final quarter as they trailed 31-24. The fourth quarter saw both offenses kick it into high gear as they combined for 42 points in the final quarter. Despite their 21 points scored the Millers weren’t able to hold down the Rocks offense as they also scored 21 points to secure the win. 

Sophomore Nic Depaquale ended the game with a team-high 16 points for the Rocks in the win. Fellow Sophomore Cam Haffner also reached double figures with ten points and led the team with seven rebounds. 

The win for the Rocks continues their perfect start to the season as they improve to 5-0 (2-0 HCC). The Rocks will be back at home tonight as they host Class 2A Tipton with tip set for 7:30. 

The loss for the Millers drops their record to 3-4 (0-2 HCC) on the season. The Millers travel to take on Hamilton Heights tonight starting at 7:30. 

Mudsock Rivalry needs OT to decide Fishers-HSE winner

FISHERS – The annual Mudsock rivalry between Fishers and Hamilton Southeastern was the place to be on Friday night in Fishers as the Royals hosted the cross-town rival Tigers. 

The rivalry game did not disappoint between the two schools as neither team was ahead on the scoreboard as the fourth quarter buzzer sounded. The Royals used a 17-9 final quarter to force overtime against the Tigers as both teams were tied at 45. 

The Tigers were able to get the upper hand in the overtime period and did just enough to hold on as they walked away from a thrilling Mudsock overtime win by a final score of 54-51 to stay un-beaten on the season. 
Vinnie Bucilla led the way for the Royals with 17 points and Mabor Majak recorded a double-double in the OT loss with ten points and 16 rebounds.  

The loss for the Royals drops their record to 3-4 (0-2 HCC) on the season. The team will get ten days off before their next game against Pendleton Heights on Dec. 30. 

The Tigers with the win remain perfect as their record now stands at 7-0 (2-0 HCC). The team will travel to compete in the Bedford North Lawrence Tournament which begins on Dec. 27. They will play New Palestine on Dec. 27 at 11:45 a.m. followed by Bloomington North at 6 p.m. The next day they will play Scottsburg before the seeding’s are announced for the tournament later that night. 

Etchison’s 28 leads Huskies past Western

RUSSIAVILLE – The Hamilton Heights Huskies traveled to take on Hoosier Conference opponent the Western Panthers on Friday night. Led by a game-high 28 points from Gus Etchison, the Huskies were able to defeat the Panthers by a final score of 66-55. 

The Huskies were never out-scored in any quarter during the game as they slowly were able to build a lead as the game went on. The Huskies and Etchison got out to a great start offensively with a 20-point first quarter as they took a 20-14 lead into the second. Both teams hit a hurdle in the second period as each team scored ten points as the Huskies still held a six point advantage at 30-24 heading into halftime. 

The Husky offense once again found its rhythm in the second half as they scored 19 third quarter points to go along with a 17-point fourth to seal the win. 

Along with Etchison’s 28, Senior Brent Pennington added in 12 points in the Husky win. The win improves the Huskies record to 5-2 on the season (2-0 in the Hoosier Conference). They Huskies will host the Noblesville Millers tonight with tip off set for 7:30. 

Blackhawks fall to Eastern as offense struggles

GREENTOWN – The Sheridan Blackhawks traveled to take on Hoosier Heartland Conference opponent Eastern on Friday. The offense struggled as the Blackhawks only scored 28 points as they fell by a final score of 30-28.

The Blackhawks despite scoring just 28 points were in the game till the very end. The Comets in the first quarter outscored the Blackhawks 12-5. Both teams then would go on to score in the single digits the next two quarters as Eastern took a 24-18 lead into the final quarter of play. The Blackhakws ended up needing one more basket as they scored just ten points in the final quarter to fall just short in this low-scoring affair. 

Nolan Buckner led the Blackhawks with ten points in the loss. The loss drops the Blackhawks record to 3-3 (1-2 HHC). The team will now have eight days off before competing in the Western Classic on Dec. 28. They will play Benton Central at 11 a.m. followed by playing host school Western at 6:30 p.m.