(La Porte, IN) - Class 3A #6 South Bend Washington used a smothering defense to ruin La Porte’s home opener 62-54 Saturday afternoon at Slicer gym.
La Porte got off to a rousing start. After winning the opening tip, the Slicers got an alley oop slam dunk from Rylin Kieszkowski for a quick 2-0 lead. La Porte managed only seven more points in the opening quarter and trailed the Panthers 10-9 after one period.
La Porte’s offensive woes continued in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, scoring only 8 and 7 points respectively. Washington led LP 36-24 after 3 periods.
Both teams exploded offensively in the 4th period. Ja’Meriyon Cross scored 10 points, Malik Corley 8 and Kyle Kirkham 6 as the Slicer scored 30 in the final period, 6 more than their 3 quarter total. It was too little, too late as the Panthers put up 26 for the 8 point win.
Cross with 15 and Corley with 13 were the only Slicers in double figures. Kieszkowski had 7 points. Kirkham and Nic Spence finished with 6 points each. Tommy Samuelson (4 points) and Dylan Salisbury (3 points) rounded out the scoring.
Four year starter Marcus Northern led all scorers with 20 for Washington. Freshman sharpshooter Steven Reynolds and Terrance Reed had 12 points each for the 6-0 Panthers.
La Porte dropped to 3-2 on the season.
JV TEAM WINS 50-32
Matt Miller’s Slicer JV team jumped out to a 16-1 1st quarter lead and never looked back cruising to a 50-32 win over South Bend Washington. The Slicers had incredibly balanced scoring with Eli Taylor, Vann Warner and Gage Raymond scoring 9 points each. Javelle Broome and Sawyer Tonagel each scored 8. Jose Duarte with 6 and Mike Montoya adding a free throw rounded out the scoring as the JV’s improved to 2-3 on the season.
Both teams will be back in action Friday night as LP hosts Griffith. JV tip at 5:30, Varsity at 7:00. Then it is back on the bus Saturday as the Slicers travel to Knox. 5:00 JV/6:30 Varsity. Both Varsity games can be heard on 96.7 the Eagle.