Patriots rout Cougars for share of CI title

Feb. 9—Terre Haute North's high school basketball team has been able to count on its defense all season and lately has been able to rely on the hot shooting hand of sophomore Cam Fennell.

Both those factors were still very much in play Friday night, as the Patriots routed Bloomington North 56-35 to earn to worse than a tie for the Conference Indiana championship.

Fennell led all scorers with 17 points, 13 of them in the third quarter that removed all doubts about the outcome, and Bryce Renn added 11 for North. Connor O'Guinn had 12 points for the visitors.

The Patriots had just a 7-6 lead after a quarter, but it was 25-12 by halftime and 46-21 going into the final quarter.

"A great effort by the entire team, especially on the defensive end," coach Todd Woelfle reported after the game. "Offensively, once we got things going we were very efficient.

"To share a conference championship is huge for our school, the basketball program, the guys who have played here and for the current group wearing that jersey. They worked hard for a long time in order for this opportunity, and took advantage of it tonight. I'm very proud of the effort they gave for each other."

Friday's win was the 15th in a row for the Patriots.

They are now 18-3 and finished with a 4-1 conference record. Bloomington South was playing Friday at Columbus North and would share the championship by beating the Bull Dogs.

It's the Patriots first share of a Conference Indiana title in boys basketball, Woelfle said, and hadn't won a conference championship of any kind since 1974 when the Nate Mills-led Patriots were in the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference.

Terre Haute North plays Saturday night at Clay City, a team that took a 15-3 record and an eight-game winning streak of its own into Friday night's game at North Central.

Bloomington North (8-11, 2-2) will play host to Evansville Reitz on Saturday night.