Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

March 1, 2014

Warriors win, claim crown

By Brent Glasgow brent.glasgow@flyergroup.com
Hendricks County Flyer

---- — DANVILLE — The Warrior boys’ basketball team capped the regular season in ideal fashion Friday night.

On its home court for Senior Night, Danville steamrolled visiting Monrovia, 68-36 to up its record to 17-4.

“You always want your seniors to walk off their court like that, and the guys did a great job,” Danville coach Brian Barber said. “We did a lot of good things with a lot of combinations. It was a good confidence-builder going into the sectional next week.”

Meanwhile, with Tri-West’s 20-point loss at Frankfort, the Warriors wrapped up sole possession of the Sagamore Conference title.

“That means a lot,” Danville senior Austin Anderson said. “We came back this year and went to work, and got a better record than last year and won the conference again. The tradition continues.”

Danville put Monrovia (3-18) away by halftime, as Luke Callahan scored 16 of his game-high 27 points in the opening two quarters. The 6-foot-6 junior also made the visitors very uncomfortable with his defensive play.

“Luke’s presence on the floor since the county tourney, he’s taken it to another level,” Barber said. “He’s a guy whose actions speak louder than words, and he can dominate in a number of different ways.”

Danville ended the first and second quarters on good runs.

In the first, D.J. Shipley hit a 3-pointer just before the buzzer to put Danville up 17-12. The Warriors then dominated the second period, and finished with a 9-0 spurt capped by a 3 from Brock Stevens for a 38-19 halftime lead.

Danville added six points to its advantage in the third quarter, and tacked on five more in the fourth.

The blowout gave Barber a chance to empty his bench, which included senior Matt Garrett, whose free throw with 2:20 left induced the biggest crowd explosion of the night.

“You could tell the student body loves Matt and appreciates his effort,” Barber said. “He’s been with the program the whole way through, and he’s been a good role model for the other guys in practice. We’re really proud of him and the five other seniors.”

With a first-round bye in the Beech Grove sectional, Danville will face either Tri-West or the host Hornets next Friday night. The Warriors played both teams in January, with a seven-point win over Beech Grove and a 12-point triumph against the rival Bruins.

“Whoever we play, it’ll be a real tough game,” Barber said. “They’ll slug it out on Tuesday, and we’ll be ready for that game on Friday.”

— Follow Hendricks County Flyer sports writer Brent Glasgow on Twitter @BGlasgow37.