On the Plainfield side, 13 first half turnovers damaged the Quakers’ chances of staying close. Especially notable to Weaver was the fact that leading returning scorer Max Kurkowski had just seven shot attempts all night, indicative of the strong defensive work delivered by Avon senior guard David Griffith.
“The way Kurkowski shoots the ball for us, we have to get him more than seven shots,” Weaver said. “(Avon) had Griffith on him the whole night, but we have to do a better job to find him shots.”
Young found his team has a solid base of returning experience in the starting lineup, but can find depth out of a youthful cast of reserves.
While McCue was the leading scorer at the break with 13 points, it was the inside starting trio of Brandon Peters (15 points), Conner Funkhouser (12 points), and Logan White that carried the offensive load to finish out the win. White and Funkhouser commanded the boards as both had game-highs of nine rebounds.
“We challenged the starters to come out in third quarter, and got a good push from them in the second half,” Young said. “In the first half, Plainfield was able to outrebound us, but we did a much better job in the second half of blocking out.”
Weaver did have positives to pull from the night. Senior center Bobby Jensen led Plainfield with 14 points and six rebounds. Freshman Nathan Mills made a promising first high school appearance with 12, while Kurkowski hit 5 of 7 shots to get his 11.
“This is a team that, if it will stay the course, will continue to get better as the season progresses,” Weaver said. “Our expectations are to get better for the next game. I think some good things can happen for this basketball team.”
Both teams return to action on their home courts Friday night. Plainfield will begin Mid-State Conference play with a girls’/boys’ doubleheader against Whiteland. To the north, Avon will entertain county rival Danville for its first home game of the season.