3A: Dwenger falls to Griffith at semi-state

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WANE) – For the second straight spring, Bishop Dwenger saw its postseason run come to an end at semi-state. The Saints lost to Griffith 61-55 Saturday at Huntington North.

Bishop Dwenger got off to great starts to each quarter, but the Panthers always answered at the end of each frame.

The Saints led by as many as five points in the opening frame, only to see Griffith come back to take a 15-14 lead thanks to a 9-0 run to end the quarter.

Again in the second quarter, Dwenger would pad a lead. It would get erased, this time highlighted by an Anthony Harris putback dunk.

The rebound was a big differential in the first half and the entire contest. Griffith out rebounded Dwenger 17-10 in the first half and led 27-24 at the break.

Griffith also applied heavy pressure defense throughout the game, which Dwenger started to use to its advantage in the third quarter. The Saints forced the Panthers into nine-third quarter fouls. It would help Dwenger to a 36-33 lead to start the fourth quarter.

However, another rebounds would give Griffith the lead again, and the Panthers would secure the win at the free throw line.

Griffith’s Anthony Harris led his team with 17 points as the program advances to its first ever state championship game in boys hoops.

Dwenger was led by Joseph Veracoo who had 13 points. Marcus Stepp scored 11 points.

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