â€™Cats jump Cougars early 79-43
Senior Zac VanDeWater and the Wildcats beat Central Noble 79-43 Tuesday night. VanDeWater scored 13 points in the first half of their win over the Cougars. The Post & Mail photo / Andrew Shultz
SOUTH WHITLEY — Fourteen first-quarter points by senior Max Elder was all Whitko (3-1) needed Tuesday night to pull away from Central Noble (1-3) at home.
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Along with junior Logan Irwin’s 18 points, the Wildcats basketball team put up 79 points on the Cougars winning 79-43.
The first quarter was enough to seal a victory for Whitko. Scoring 27 points, the ’Cats held a 19-point lead after one quarter, 27-8.
Elder put up 14 of his game-high 18 points in the opening period knocking in six field goals.
By halftime, Whitko held a 48-20 lead with six Wildcats in the scoring column.
Irwin was one of those hitting two of his three three-pointers in the first half. Irwin scored 18 points alongside Elder.
Whitko took 31 free throws for the game hitting on 23 of them.
The Wildcats totaled 31 more points in the second half as 10 different players were part of the offensive outburst.
After a season-opening loss to Columbia City, Whitko has gone on a three-game winning streak. A fourth consecutive win will have to come against defending sectional champion Wawasee (4-0) Saturday night.
In the Whitko scoring column were: Zac VanDeWater 13, Kolton Krull 6, Mitch Yeager 5, Colin Nicodemus 5, Travis Weigold 4, Lucky Winters 4, Tyler Wine 4, Kory Wood 2.