Courier sports staff
NORFOLK, Neb. — It’s the longest trip the Indian Hills basketball team has to make in regional play all season.
It was made even longer than usual on Wednesday night thanks to plenty of contact, plenty of whistles and plenty of fouls called.
After beating Northeast earlier this season by 43 points and opening a 30-point lead in the first half in the rematch Wednesday on the Hawks’ home floor, the third-ranked (DI) Warriors had to hold on to the bitter end to earn a regional win. IHCC held off several charges throughout the second half by the hosting Hawks and overcame 73 combined foul calls and well over 100 free throw attempts to gain a rugged 124-115 win at the Cox Activities Center.
It’s been a season filled with many eye-popping numbers on the postgame stat sheets for Indian Hills. It wasn’t hard to find a few more final totals that stood out Wednesday for Warrior head coach Barret Peery after the game with Hawks.
“We had 57 free throw attempts. They had 65. We had 40 fouls called on us. They had 33,” Peery said. “We had two officials that have never seen us play before. I don’t want to put it on anybody, but if you haven’t seen our style it can be tough to keep with us. I think that really impacted the pace.
“We had 124 points and it just never felt like we could get a flow going in this game. It was definitely an unusual game.”
How unusual? How about nearly two full teams worth of players fouling out as IHCC lost five players to five fouls on Wednesday while Northeast lost four.
Indian Hills never trailed on Wednesday night as eight different Warriors scored the first 24 IHCC points of the game. Marcus Posley kicked off his team-leading 23-point effort by draining back-to-back 3-pointers and would hit five straight from beyond the arc as a 19-2 run midway through the half lifted the Warriors to a 52-25 advantage.