NORTH BOONE HIGH SCHOOL
Harvest Rolls over North Boone
Last season Harvest Christian arrived as an overmatched Class 1A team hoping just to compete against some bigger schools at the E.C. Nichols Holiday Classic Tournament in Marengo. This season the Lions' boys basketball team returned with reinforcements, which include Hampshire transfer Brennen Woods. There is also a lot more for the Lions to prove.
Harvest made quite a showing in its opening round game on Thursday by dismantling North Boone 78-39.
Woods led the way with a game-high 20 points.
"For all the talk about the transfers we are still a very young team with just one senior and we have a lot to prove," first-year Harvest coach Andre White said. "But right now we are not worried about the expectations other people have for us. We are just concerned about the expectations we have for ourselves. Right now we are still trying to play a complete game and not just 2 or 3 quarters. We won tonight, but it was still not the complete game I'm looking for."
Woods got the Lions (11-2) off to a great start with 10 points in the first quarter, including a couple of 3-pointers and a slam dunk in the closing moments. Harvest led 21-11 after one quarter. Woods added 2 more slam dunks later in the game.
"We have a lot of motivation to come out and do well," Woods said. "We are the only 1A school here and we want to prove that we can play with these bigger schools."
Woods had plenty of help on the offensive end. Jon Lindquist added 19 points, including five 3-pointers. J.J Flores had 18 points and Jake Nohama added 15.
"We have a motto that is one eats all eats," White said. "We like to feed each the ball. With the talent we have you never know who is going to do the scoring."
The Lions, who have won 6 straight and play Richmond-Burton in Friday's quarterfinals, were up 35-24 at halftime and then blew the game open in the third quarter when they outscored North Boone 28-10 to extend the margin to 63-34. Defense played a big role as the Lions forced 28 turnovers.
"That has a lot to do with the reads we have been working on," Woods said. "We are learning to take the right angles to the ball and rotating on defense."