By BRAD KEITH
LINGLEVILLE (January 29, 2016) — Tim Griffin outscored Huckabay by himself Friday night when the longtime rivals squared off at Lingleville High School.
Griffin, a senior guard, found his shooting touch early and never lost it, pouring in 24 points in a 48-22 Lingleville win over Huckabay in the first of two district meetings between the rivals, but their third meeting of the season after they split a pair of tournament meetings early on.
Huckabay struggled to get so much as a look offensively, and errant shots were mostly gobbled up by the bigger Cardinals, especially Jared Hagood under the basket.
After a breakaway two off a steal to begin the game, Huckabay had only a circus step-back 3-pointer by Weiss the rest of the first period.
The Cardinals took full advantage, scoring the last six of the first for a 13-5 advantage, then turning it into an 11-0 run by the midway point of the second, when it was 18-5.
Every time Huckabay looked like it might have a response, Lingleville answered emphatically.
A triple by Weiss and a pair of free throws gave Huckabay a 5-0 surge just before half, but Griffin hit a 15 foot transition jumper at the buzzer to ensure the Cardinals kept the momentm with a 22-10 halftime advantage.
The Indians closed it to 27-18 in the third, but the Cardinals were especially decisive from that point forward. They scored the final seven of the third, then answered a Huckabay basket to begin the fourth by outscoring the Indians 18-2 the rest of the way.
Griffin added eight rebounds and four assists to his big night, while Colbe Stoker, who it a 3-pointer to begin the 18-2 finishing run, just missed his second triple-double of the season with nine points, nine assists and nine rebounds.
Hagood scored six to go with 10 boards, Sergio Rangel added five for the Cardinals and Tom VanKranenburg scored four.
Weiss scored 12 but was the only Indian to do much damage. Austin Wells had six points, Jordan Ritchey two and Taylor Lopez two.
The rivals square off again on February 16 in Huckabay.
Huckabay (19-7, 5-1) won the girls contest, 60-4. Presli Bray poured in 18 to lead the Lady Indians, while Narda Fragoza and Tayor Lowe each added eight, Kailin Dowell seven, Trinity Meador seven, Ciara Philips six, Savanna Graves two, Brenna Yarbrough two and Bailey Woolridge two.