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Tharp and Denhart Grounds Falcons

By Michael Hogg

Frankfort, IN  On any normal day Ben Tharp and Avery Denhart doesn’t have games to where they have big games to where they usually combine to outscored the opponents in the First Half!

On Saturday Morning at Frankfort, they combine to do that as they had 26 of Central Catholic’s 36 points at Halftime as the Knights demolished North Vermillion in Game 1 of the Frankfort Regional 67-30. The score at Halftime was 36-13 in favor of Central Catholic.

The scoring got started from Tharp when he buried a 3 to give the Knights the lead for good at the 7:35 mark. from there on it took nearly 4 minutes before the Falcons got on the scoreboard on a free throw from Trevor Eppert which made the score 11-1. During the onslaught North Vermillion’s coach John Berning was forced to burn a 30-second timeout with 5:52 left after Tharp scored on a fast break layup which made the score 7-0.

From there on things just went from bad to worse for the Falcons as Central Catholic went on a 9-3 run to end the 1st Quarter at 22-4 in favor of Central Catholic.

As the 2nd Quarter commenced, it was more of a combination of Thomas Gothard and Jacob Page as they scored 6 of the 14 points in the Quarter. Oh, and for good measure, Denhart threw in 6 of the last 8 points as the Knights ended the First Half on a 9-1 run.

When asked about his team’s performance, following the loss, Berning said, “We knew we was going to be young! We had one kid that had Varsity experience.”

With Central Catholic firmly in control, both Denhart and Tharp did play in the 3rd Quarter but didn’t take any shots or scored. It was mostly the reserves that did most of the damage in the 2nd Half.

In his closing comments, Berning had nothing but praise for his kids, “I’m extremely proud of my kids. They worked their butts off by winning 5 of their last 6 games along with repeating as Sectional Champions for the first time in school history.”

Berning concluded by saying the following, “We didn’t give them our best today. These last couple of weeks we were able to win the close games, that we couldn’t during the season. I feel that with our youth this is going to be a HUGE stepping stone for the future as the kids grow up and use this as motivation for next year.

With the win, Central Catholic improves to 20-6 while North Vermillion finishes at 8-19.

Up next for Central Catholic they play Liberty Christian who defeated Seton Catholic 65-48.