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Saturday Morning Scorer's Table: River Forest's Higgins hits 1,000, Griffith finds its footing and CP's slow start

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It was supposed to happen last Saturday. It didn't.

A solid Calumet defensive effort kept Jordan Higgins from reaching his goal.

But on Friday night at home, Higgins scored 24 points in a 74-55 loss to Bishop Noll, which put him over the 1,000 mark for career scoring.

Adding to the festivities of the night was that it was Ingot Homecoming in Bill Logan Gymnasium on Joe Burleson Court.

Higgins needed 13 points heading into the game.

A countdown poster on the baseline kept fans on top of his march toward the milestone. And when Higgins drove the lane and scored with 3:41 left in the second quarter to reach it, the buzzer sounded and an announcement was made over the PA. The home crowd went crazy.

Higgins was given a plaque by coach Derrick Milenkoff, athletic director Andy Wielgus and superintendent Steve Disney. Along with the plaque, he received a ball case.

"It's been a goal of mine, especially to do it my junior year," Higgins said last week. "It will mean a lot when I do it."

This young man is a tremendous scorer, athlete and basketball player. There are few limits to his game, which is often overlooked by some in the Region because he plays on a smaller stage.

Congratulations No. 5.

"The great news is he is only a junior," Milenkoff said of Higgins. "There are no limits for this young man, he has the heart of a gladiator and the mindset of a warrior."

That is the good news.

The bad news is the Ingots have now lost two straight heading into Saturday's home game against Griffith.

Ingot Nation also gave out the Mr. Basketball and Miss Basketball honors, going to seniors in both programs. James Dabney was given Mr. Basketball and Erika Cervantes was named Miss Basketball.

Look who's on the rise

Speaking of Grayling Gordon's Panthers, how bout 'em?

With a dominating 71-59 win over Hanover Central on Friday night, Griffith has won three straight.

Most thought the Panthers would get pulled down by gravity's grip following massive graduation losses to one of the Region's top programs over the last four years. But a 1-5 start to the season no one expected.

Jake Dye scored 19 points against the Wildcats while Tim Lawson had 14 points and 15 rebounds in Friday night's GSSC victory.

“They’ve been our leaders all season,” Gordon said of Dye and Lawson. “We need to get them some help. If we could get other guys stepping up in four, five or six games this season, our record would be a lot better.”

Hanover has now lost two of three after a school record 9-0 start. Bryon Clouse spoke about changing his schedule that had several weeks without games over the holiday break after the one-point loss to Bishop Noll.

A soft early schedule didn't help against teams battle tested by grueling December slates.

“It’s just really disappointing to play like this with a title on the line,” Clouse said after the Griffith game. “If we would’ve won out, we would’ve had it, but with a conference championship to play for, we came up short. It’s really disappointing to see that.”

Hickory High School had a losing streak with Gene Hackman coaching them in the 1980s. And somehow they finished the season pretty strong.

Hanover plays Hammond Academy Saturday afternoon inside the Knightstown gymnasium, where "Hoosiers" was filmed. Maybe Jimmy Chitwood will show up.

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