WHITELAND — Columbus North used its deep roster to overcome a one-point halftime deficit and defeat Whiteland 65-50 Saturday night.
After opening the game with a lack of aggression that continued through the first half, Class 4A No. 4 North went into halftime down 28-27.
“We talked at halftime about being more aggressive to the rim,” North coach Jason Speer said. “We needed to be more creative against their zone compared to the first half.”
The Bull Dogs (16-1) outscored the Warriors 17-8 in the third quarter to take control of the game. An aggressive North defense hassled Whiteland (6-10) in the second half, causing several turnovers that lead to scores.
Senior Sawyer Glick lead the Bull Dogs with 15 points, nine of which he scored in the second half.
“We needed to be more mentally focused and change our mindset,” Glick said. “We’re the type of team where anyone can take over for us.”
North’s depth showed, as non-starters were strong contributors in the game, and they were led by senior Clint Cunningham, who came off the bench to score 14 points.
“I try to do whatever I can to help the team win,” Cunningham said. “It’s been a transition for me to go from starting earlier in the year to coming off the bench now. It’s been a good move for me though because I can play my natural position down low. I come in and bring energy to the game.”
“Clint’s been playing well for the past three weeks,” Speer said. “We needed someone to step up and be a leader tonight, and Clint did that. He’s one of our team captains, and tonight, he showed why.”
Other contributors off the bench for North included Paul Salee, who scored three points and Garrett Larson, who scored two. Both players contributed quality minutes for the Bull Dogs and played aggressive defense.
In the second half, Whiteland began to show signs of fatigue. The fresh players coming off the bench for North kept the pressure on the Warriors.
Sophomore Josh Speidel added 14 points for the Bull Dogs, despite experiencing foul trouble early in the game. Whiteland was led by Dejan Davis and John Hubler, who both scored 16 points.