Article by Jeremy Hood
Despite being the victim of a 10-2 run at the hands of the Noblesville Millers, the Lebanon Tigers overcame the odds by crawling back to hit a buzzer beater sending the crowd home happy on senior night as the Tigers escaped with a 55-54 victory in overtime. This marks the second Friday night in a row that the Millers have lost in overtime on a buzzer beater while leading almost the entire game.
Leading the way for the Tigers, was senior forward Cord Barricklow and senior guard Caleb Brannon, who scored 19 points apiece for the Tigers, giving them the points when it mattered most. For the second year in a row, the Tigers will play North Montgomery in the first round of sectionals next Friday night. The Tigers will look to repeat last year’s performance as they rolled over North Montgomery 56-32 to open sectional play.
Dalton Judd could not have asked for a better senior night. Down five with 20 seconds to go, Zionsville needed an answer to win the game, and they needed that answer fast. The Eagles would do just that scoring 6 unanswered points within the final 20 seconds that was capped off by a miraculous buzzer beater by Judd to give the Eagles a near impossible victory 45-44.
The well balanced scoring Eagles were led by Sophomore Jake Mann who contributed 12 points. However, if they are going to be successful next week in the opening round of sectional, they will need to play their best game all year. They will be looking to get revenge on the highly talented Carmel Greyhounds. The Eagles fell to the Greyhounds 28-51 back on February 2nd.