Showing it's not important how much time you have, but rather what you do with the time at hand, Koshkonong's Justin Rigel went on a scoring spree to help push his Bluejays past the homestanding Couch Indians 73-54 Jan. 10.
Despite sitting out almost nine minutes of the game due to foul trouble, Rigel still managed to pour in 36 points on the night to lead Koshkonong to a big win.
The Lady Indians started off the night by successfully defending their home court against the Lady Bluejays, with Couch posting a 59-40 win over Koshkonong behind a 24-point effort from Caitlyn Melton.
Heading into its matchup with Couch, Koshkonong's Rigel had been posting 24 points per game, and this trend continued even though he basically missed a period's worth of action after picking up three fouls midway into the second period.
The game was a dogfight over the course of the first two periods, with Couch close on the heels of the Bluejays.
With the Indians trailing 9-4 late in the first, Couch's Blake Martin went to work and scored the last six of his squad's points in the frame, pulling Couch within four, 14-10, after one. Martin paced Couch with a 19-point effort on the night.
It was bombs-away to open the second period, as the first five shots to hit the bottom of the nets were all treys, four for Koshkonong, one for Couch. Luke England (20 points) busted two triples for the Bluejays and Rigel added two of his own. Josh McCllelland (five points) answered with a shot from beyond the arc, but Couch was down 26-13 after this 3-point uprising.
Rigel was forced to sit at the 3:25 point of the second, and the Indians used this chance to narrow the gap a bit.
Cody Roberts (13 points) started a 7-1 sprint for Couch with a bucket, and Doug Melton (six points) added a pair of free throws before Roberts finished the run with three straight points that pulled Couch within eight, 28-20, at the half.
Returning to the game with a bang, Rigel tossed in Koshkonong's first 12 points of the third, as the Bluejays opened up a 39-26 lead.
Picking up his fourth foul with 3:08 left in the third, Rigel exited and did not return until the 6:00 mark of the final frame.
Down 44-30 after three, the Indians just couldn't make up lost ground, and behind Rigel's 13 points during the last six minutes of the game, the Bluejays posted a 73-54 victory.
Tyler Roark logged nine points for Koshkonong, while Seth Johnson added four, Phillip Cahoj two, and Chris Tullos one.
Bjorn Wilkerson posted five points for Couch, with Zain Hopper, Randy Clawson and Nick Wick finishing with two points apiece for the Indians.
In girls' action, the two teams were dialed in from long range, as Couch and Koshkonong combined for nine triples in the first half of play.
Sandy LaBahn (eight points) and Melton busted one apiece to get the Lady Indians rolling in the first period, and Mandy Driskill (six points) answered with one of her own for Koshkonong.
A layup by Tara Combs (eight points) near the end of the first period gave Couch an 11-7 lead after one, a lead it would carry the rest of the night.
The air was filled with more flying basketballs in the second period, as six of the two team's combined nine field goals in the frame were trifectas, including four straight to open the second.
Driskill drilled one for Koshkonong. Almost immediately, Traci Murdock (six points) hit the first of her two 3-balls in the second for Couch, and Melton followed suit with a 3 that pushed the Lady Indians in front 17-10.
Not to be left out, Taylor Manger then drained a trey for the Lady Bluejays before they hit a lull the last four minutes of the half.
Couch closed the second on a 13-5 run that opened a 30-18 halftime lead for the Lady Indians.
The Lady Jays had a little success with Ashley Holesapple (11 points) on the low blocks in the third, but the Lady Indians refused to yield and took a 41-28 advantage into the final period.
Although they hit just three field goals during the stretch run of the fourth, the Lady Indians did sink 11 free throws to post a 19-point win over their guests from Koshkonong.
Lorra Wicker finished with five points for Couch, while Kassi Burr and Taylor Hanser hit for three points each. Kandy York and Samantha LaBahn scored one point apiece for the Lady Indians.
Johna Wade and Kayla French ended the game with eight points each for Koshkonong, with Kendra Hall scoring four.
The Bluejays rode a big 32-point performance from Tyler Roark to a 87-42 smashing of Naylor Jan. 13.
Koshkonong jumped on top 29-4 after the first period and never looked back.
Rigel added 23, Cahoj 17, Johnson seven, Davis six, England two, and Carney one point.