Greensburg — The North Decatur boys basketball team paid a visit to South Decatur Saturday night looking to even up the season series against its county rival.
The game counted as a Mid-Hoosier Conference game, as South won the Dec. 18 game 57-46 for the Civil War trophy.
This time, North came away with a convincing 59-44 victory. The Chargers improved their MHC record to 4-5, and 4-14 overall. South fell to 0-8 in the MHC, and 3-15 overall.
“Coach Nobbe and North Decatur deserved to win tonight, and they did,” said South first-year head coach Jordan Stevens.
North jumped out to a 5-0 lead, but South senior Taylor Kopplin led the Cougars with 10 points in the first quarter and South led 18-12 after the first eight minutes.
“We were playing well when Taylor was playing well, and Taylor played well when we were playing well,” said Stevens.
North outscored South 11-6 to make it a 24-23 South lead at halftime.
The Chargers came out of the locker room and took over the game in the third quarter. Sophomore Evan Wallpe scored on a hook shot to make it 25-24 in favor of North. Kopplin, though, answered with a trey that put South on top 27-26 at the 6:03 mark. North sophomore Andrew Hocker put North up for good with a basket, and sophomore Luke Badgley hit a driving layup to make it 30-27 with 5:20 left. Following a Wallpe basket, Hocker and sophomore Dayne Lecher hit back-to-back triples to give North a double-digit lead at 39-27. South senior Andrew Wullenweber ended the 13-0 North run with four straight points.
Badgley made it a 10-point game again, 41-31, and South junior Nick Schwering answered with a 3-point play.
Lecher ended the third-quarter scoring to make it 44-36 after three quarters. The Chargers edged the Cougars 21-12 in the third quarter.
“You could see a big difference in our offense because the first quarter and the rest of the game. We were pushing the tempo.”