The Ottumwa Courier

February 28, 2014

Top-ranked Warriors roll in postseason opener

By SCOTT JACKSON
Courier sports writer

---- — By SCOTT JACKSON

Courier sports writer

OTTUMWA — Four nights after struggling through a sluggish first half against Marshalltown, top-ranked Indian Hills looks as sharp as ever in its postseason opener on Wednesday in the third meeting of the year with the Tigers. Roosevelt Scott scored a game-high 30 points, including a pair of marvelous slam dunks, as the Warriors rolled early and often in a 133-80 Region XI semifinal win at the Hellyer Student Life Center.

IHCC had its best night shooting from 3-point territory this season, pouring in 18 shots from beyond the arc to bring the record single-season total up to 325. Marcus Posley caught fire in the second half, hitting four of his six 3-pointers after halftime as the sophomore tied DaShawn Walker with 83 3-pointers made in a single season on the way to a 20-point effort against the Tigers.

Roderick Bobbitt also got a special night started early as both he and Queyvn Winters hit the first three treys in the contest, helping Indian Hills open a 13-5 lead in the first three minutes. Bobbitt would finish the night with a triple-double, scoring 12 points while grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out a game-best 13 assists.

The Warriors kept building on the lead throughout the first half, forcing 10 Marshalltown turnovers in the first nine minutes with six coming off of steals. The defense quickly turned to offense with several wide-open jumpers and lobs for slam dunks helping Indian Hills open a 27-12 lead with 11:37 left in the first half.

After Winters bounced in IHCC’s sixth 3-pointer of the night, the Warriors led 39-16 with just over 11 minutes gone in the game. Nothing slowed down Indian Hills on this night as the Warriors scored 71 first-half points, shooting 60 percent from the field (24-40) and 65 percent from beyond the 3-point arc (11-17).

Jordan Washington came on late to attack the basket for IHCC, scoring 19 points in the contest as the top post presence for the Warriors. Winters added 14 points before joining Scott and Malik Dime on the bench. All three Indian Hills players managed to crack double figures before having to exit due to fouls.

Mike Rodriguez led Marshalltown (17-14) with 20 points in the loss. The Warriors stepped up its defensive focus on Troidell Carter, who scored a game-high 35-points in the 104-93 loss on Saturday at the Hellyer Center. Carter was held to just one field goal and six points on Wednesday.

The win moved No. 1 IHCC (29-2) into a Region XI championship showdown with No. 17 Southeastern (25-6). The Blackhawks advanced to Saturday’s regional final in Ottumwa with an 88-71 win over Iowa Western.

The game will be the rubber match between the two Highway 34 rivals. Southeastern won at home over the Warriors 104-94, the only true loss IHCC has suffered this season. Indian Hills avenged the loss with an 84-81 victory at home three weeks later, helping the Warriors earn home court advantage for the regional final. Tip time at the Hellyer Student Life Center is set for 7 p.m.

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