GRIFFITH | Think of the Soap Box Derby and a kid whose entry is slick looking, fast, and turns heads.
All that remains is how well it handles down the stretch and at the finish line.
Griffith coach Gary Hayes is building something special this season but his Panthers can't afford a teeth-jarring, bumpy ride like Friday night's 54-47 Northwest Crossroads Conference win over Andrean.
Too many missed shots inside and 26 turnovers by The Times No. 6 Panthers kept Andrean in it from start to finish, rallying from 12 points down in the fourth quarter to just one with 2:00 to play.
Thankfully, Flint Powell did what seniors are supposed to do -- he took over, scoring 22 of the Panthers' 32 second-half points, including 13 in the fourth.
"They were making a run so I had to step up as the leader on this team," said Powell, who was 11 of 16 from the line in the final period. "It's always my second shot. I'll fix it."
No one else finished in double figures for the Panthers (10-2, 3-0), though 6-foot-5 Tremell Murphy grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds.
Colin Flowers led Andrean (7-5, 2-1) with 16 points, 14 coming in the wild fourth when he almost single-handedly won the game.
"I told our team Andrean would bring its 'A' game," Hayes said. "Give 'em credit. They were making 3s and hustling.
"I don't know where No. 13 (Flowers) came from."
Flowers and Powell each nailed three consecutive 3's in the final period to keep the large crowd in it after the 59ers' slow start to open the game, trailing 11-1.
Nick Podkul added 10 points for the visitors, who did themselves no favors with 17 turnovers and missing nine free throws in the game.