OTTUMWA — It was the lowest scoring half of basketball second-ranked Indian Hills has had so far this season.
It was quickly followed by the highest scoring half yet this year.
A slow start against Barton in the Bowling R.V. Classic left IHCC with a 14-point halftime lead, but just 38 first-half points as the Warriors were held below 40 in a half for the first all year. Indian Hills then cranked up the pace by shooting 56 percent in the second half, allowing the Warriors to nearly double their first half production with 69 points coming out of the locker room, helping IHCC pull away for a 107-80 win over the program the Warriors beat for their last national title.
“Coaches just kept telling us to humble and stay hungry,” sophomore Qiydar Davis said. “We just had to stick with it in the second half. We definitely were not satisfied. We had to lift each other up and be there for each other.”
Pacing the Warriors second-half resurgence was another sophomore transfer. Marcus Posley, who was limited with a cold shooting touch and foul trouble in the opening 20 minutes, had the Hellyer Student Life Center rocking in the second half with five 3-pointers to help produce a team-best 18 points.
Posley really shook the rafters midway through the second half, burying three consecutive 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions. The third and final 3-pointer helped IHCC open a 31-point lead on Barton and sent the Warrior fans into a frenzy.
“All it is about is finding a rhythm. You always want to hit shots, so the more and more you get that rhythm the easier those shots start to become,” Posley said. “Once you get more confidence, the shots just start falling more and more, but it’s amazing when you start hitting one shot after another. Who knows what would have happened if I had hit four or five in a row.”