Boys Basketball




North Putnam Junior Kyler Jeter is named to the Hendricks Regional Health Academic All-Star Team. Kyler is seen here with his parents Bridgett and Brian Jeter and HRH Rep. Jim Carr. Click the link to read the story.


MARSHALL--Turkey Run's last second lob play for senior Austin Jones was thrown too far and his shot hit the bottom of the backboard, and the North Putnam boys' basketball team came away with a 37-36 win.

"We had it covered about how we wanted it," Cougars head coach Collin McCartt said. "We figured there might be a possibility of a back screen there. They were able to catch it and I think that kind of threw us off. We were pretty fortunate."

The Warriors (2-8 1-1 WRC) controlled much of the first half by using the baseline and tallying five assists to take a halftime lead of 22-20. The Cougars (3-7 0-1 WCC) struggled with eight turnovers and 8 of 22 shooting.

"They (Turkey Run) move the ball well," McCartt said. "They're all guards. They do a great job making sure there was no post so they could job. Their coach does a really good job with those guys."

North Putnam could only hit two field goals in the third quarter, but their defense starting clamping down on Turkey Run. They held them to eight points in the quarter on no assists and four came from free throws.

After being down seven in the final quarter the Cougars had clutch play from senior Michael Roberts, junior Austin Judy and sophomore Jordan Bean.

"We got down seven in the fourth and our guys hit some shots to get back into it," McCartt said. "We made enough plays to pull it out."

Judy went to the free throw line with 5:13 left in the game and made the front end before missing the second, only to be rebounded by his own team. The ball was kicked back to Judy on the right side where he buried one of his three threes in the second half to cut the lead to three, 32-29.

Judy's heroics continued only seconds later when North Putnam recovered a turnover and Judy hit another three to tie the game.

Down again by two this time Judy missed a contested layup long, but Bean, air-bound, grabbed the most important of his 15 rebounds on the night and laid it in all in one motion with 1:42 left. He finished two points shy of a double-double.

"I asked the guys to do three things before the game that would help us win," McCartt said, "I asked Jordan to do one thing and that was to get at least eight rebounds. He was able to do his job."

Roberts did his part by knocking down two free throws after an unnecessary foul by Warrior Tyler Davis to give the Cougars the lead they would never look back on.

"It was nice to see that we had perseverance," McCartt said. "We easily could've put our heads down. We didn't. I thought Michael did a great job trying to keep everybody up. The leadership was great tonight. We needed a night like this where we really had to gut one out."

Freshman Treyton Smith would knock in one more free throw for the Cougars to give them a three-point lead.

Instead of shooting a three, the Warriors went for a quick two and Jones converted with a 10-feet jumper.

Turkey Run fouled Roberts on the ensuing Cougar possession and only in the one-and-one bonus, Roberts missed the front end and gave the Warriors enough time to call a timeout with two seconds remaining.

Down one, Turkey Run drew the lob play up for Jones, which nearly worked, but the pass was too long.

North Putnam survived a tough one and Coach McCartt said his team did not play well at all, but they expressed great joy when they heard of the statistic totals for Bean.

"He did great things," McCartt said. "He is very valuable and he really helped us tonight. We're all proud of him."

At Turkey Run
North Putnam 14 6 5 12--37
Turkey Run 12 10 8 6--36


North Putnam: A. Judy 10, Bean 8, Jeter 7, Smith 7, Roberts 4, Hall 1, C. Judy 0, Porter 0.
Turkey Run: Davis 9, D. Ferguson 8, Jones 7, N. Ferguson 6, England 3, J. Ferguson 3, Hunt 0, Mitchell 0, Munoz 0.


North Putnam: Bean 15, Roberts 6, Jeter 4, A. Judy 4, C. Judy 1, Smith 1.
Turkey Run: Davis 11, D. Ferguson 5, Hunt 4, J. Ferguson 3, Munoz 3, Mitchell 1.


Corbin Judy works his way around a defender in the third quarter. Judy had a nice put back after a Preston Porter miss.

CRAWFORDSVILLE-- Tuesday night's tone was set by two consecutive dunks on the first two possessions by North Montgomery Chargers' forward Grant Gaylor. The 6-6 senior had 27 points in a win over the North Putnam Cougars, 63-37.

"Gaylor is a really good player," Cougars' coach Collin McCartt said. "They played really good coming out as a team."

North Montgomery (5-5 2-0 SAG) held the Cougars scoreless in the first quarter with Gaylor scoring 14 of his 16 first half points in the quarter. They also had five assists on eight field goals.

"We came out and gave up a couple of back doors," McCartt said. "We've worked on that and worked on that and I think we just got a little bit frustrated. We gave up dunks on the first two plays and our kids put their heads down."

The Cougars (2-7 0-1 WCC) only got off two first-quarter shots and had 10 turnovers.

They had seven turnovers before their first shot.

"We came out and they made some plays," McCartt said. "That kind of made our guys timid. When we get timid we throw the ball away. I think we started attacking a little bit better and we got our feet under us. We usually don't throw the ball away like that."

Senior Michael Roberts, who scored a team high for the Cougars with 13 went aggressively to the rim with his left hand and scored the first Cougar points with 5:27 left in the second quarter.

Roberts had eight of his team's 14 points in the second quarter and ended it in style with a steal from junior Jordan Banta at mid court. He took the ball and laid it in the goal uncontested with 35.7 seconds left in the half.

The Cougars had cut the lead to 18, 32-14 at half.

Gaylor started the second half much the same as the first. He scored 11 points and 5-of-6 free throws identical to the first half.

North Putnam also had a tough time stopping sophomore Caleb Randolph. He scored 14 points and was 5-of-7 from the line.

The Chargers made quick decisions with the ball that led to 13 assists for the game. They also had only 11 turnovers doing so and had only one turnover in the first quarter.

"They just run their stuff really well," McCartt said. "This is their coach's fifth year and he's learned from some really good coaches. He's got a system planted."

The Cougars took advantage of North Montgomery sitting their starters in the fourth. Their contributions tallied in size as five different shooters scored in the quarter.

Free throws were a big part of the game. The Cougars were 4 for 11 and the Chargers were 22 for 36.

McCartt talked heavily about Gaylor after the game. He said if he was taken out things might have been different, but that overall he was just a great player.

"You take Gaylor out they're not much more athletic than us," Gaylor said. "He is a big part of their game and he really hurt us."

North Putnam's next game will be Friday at Turkey Run with a tip set for 7:30 pm.

At North Montgomery

North Putnam 0 14 8 15--37
North Montgomery 22 10 19 12--63

North Putnam (15-41 4-11, 37): Roberts 13, Smith 5, Bean 4, Hall 4, Jeter 4, C. Judy 4, Porter 3, A. Judy 0.
North Montgomery (20-41 22-36, 63): Gaylor 27, C. Randolph 14, Adams 5, Banta 5, Dugard 5, Zachary 4, O. Randolph 2, Parsons 0.

North Putnam: Roberts 7, Bean 5, C. Judy 5, Hall3, Jeter 3, Smith 2, A. Judy 1, Porter 1.
North Montgomery: Gaylor 6, Parsons 6, Adams 5, Banta 3, C. Randolph 3, O. Randolph 3, Clary 2, Lewis 2, Dugard 1, Smith 1.


ROACHDALE-- The North Putnam Cougars boys' basketball team showed up to play Saturday night, but only shot 9-of-36 from the field and 9-of-16 from the free-throw strike. A close game turned into a loss, 44-30, to a struggling Crawfordsville Athenian team.

"They just made a few more plays than we did," coach Collin McCartt said. "I thought we played really well. We had some open shots, but we just didn't make them. I thought our guys came ready to play, our attitude was great, I thought their intensity was great, I thought we played with poise and I know it's disappointing for them not to be where they want to be on the scoreboard."

The Cougars (0-5) went back-and-forth with the Athenians (1-4) in the first half, taking the lead four times before going down 15-12 at the break. Junior Austin Judy and sophomore Jordan Bean each had four points. Crawfordsville's Konnor Smith led all scorers at the time with six.

It came down efficiency with North Putnam shooting a lower percentage from both the field and free throw line.

"They hit some shots," McCartt said. "That's what it came down to. We get to come back into practice and our shooting is a skillset we definitely need to improve on. We finally got a full week of practice ahead and then we got Christmas Break. I'm looking forward to that because I think our guys will make a lot of strides. I think we can get on the practice floor and really make some improvements."

Sophomore Trent Johnson erupted in the half with three three-pointers and 13 points total for the Athenians. He finished just two rebounds short of a double-double.

"I don't know that (pressure) affected us that much," McCartt said. "I thought we moved the ball pretty well. I just think there were some shots we didn't hit. There was probably an offensive adjustment I should've made a little bit earlier, but other than that I didn't think we were tentative. Tonight we attacked."

After the Athenians got up by double figures, the Cougars came back to within seven with 3:39 left in the game, but the final three-pointer by Johnson ended any hopes of getting closer.

Good free throw shooting helped Crawfordsville seal the game off. Johnson hit 4-of-5 with the sixth being called off because of a lane violation. Ryan Barr also hit 1-of-2.

Michael Roberts, the Cougar leader, struggled for his second straight night scoring the majority of his points in the final two minutes. He scored seven points on 3 of 9 shooting and went an uncharacteristic 1 of 4 from the foul line.

After being dominated on the boards against Rockville Friday night, McCartt challenged his team to be like Rockville Saturday night. The plea worked and his team secured 15 offensive rebounds.

"I challenged them to look like Rockville," McCartt said. "They were unbelievable on the glass. Jordan Bean has been very active. Kyler Jeter went to the glass and Corbin Judy went there. I think they just had an attack mentality all the way around."

North Putnam's next game will be its conference opener of the season. It will square off with the Cascade Cadets at home on December 13.

At North Putnam
Crawfordsville 8 7 16 13--44
North Putnam 7 5 5 13--30

Crawfordsville: Johnson 13, Page 10, Barr 8, Smith 8, Stewart 3, Yund 2, Corbin 0, Daniels 0, Guard 0, Lucas 0.
North Putnam: A. Judy 10, Roberts 7, Bean 4, Smith 4, Jeter 3, Hall 2, C. Judy 0, Porter 0.

Crawfordsville: Barr 9, Johnson 8, Corbin 7, Stewart 5, Daniels 1, Hutson 1, Page 1, Smith 1.
North Putnam: Bean 8, C. Judy 4, Roberts 4, Jeter 3, A. Judy 3, Hall 2, Smith 1.