This article was originally published by Four Points Press on March 4, 2022.
The Lodge Grass Indians advanced to the semifinals of the Southern B Divisional for the fifth time in the last six seasons after an impressive 100-60 victory over Joliet.
The teams were tied at nine early on after Joliet answered an Indian 5-0 run with a few three-point plays. The Indians answered in a big way with 17 unanswered points over a span of 3 minutes to take a 26-9 lead.
Damon Gros Ventre started the run with a basket and the Indians turned up their defensive pressure leading to steals and easy scores. Joliet went to their 6’3” post, Bryce Williams, who closed the quarter with eight straight points to cut into their deficit, 17-31, after the first.
Joliet got within 10 points early in the second, but the Indians answered again. This time with runs of 6-0 and 8-0 to gain a 19-point advantage at the half, 52-33.
The J-Hawks hung around early in the third quarter, but the Indians went on a 12-0 run to gain a 30-point lead with 2:31 left in the period. DC Stewart started the scoring with a nice drive all the way to the rack, followed by a Tayze Rogers lay in. Ty Moccasin and Gros Ventre scored twice at the rim to close out the run.
Lodge Grass led 78-46 going into the final frame. The Indians sent in their reserves, but they didn’t slow down on the scoring as Chester Turnsplenty, Cadence Kindness, Kaydin Small and Todd Amyotte all scored to get their names in the scorebook, as the Indians scored another 22 points in the final quarter to get to the century mark.
Gros Ventre led the Indians with 29 points, 21 of those in the first half. Moccasin added 19 points, Stewart scored 17 points and Rogers added 12.