NORTH JUDSON — It’s been nearly nine months since Culver dethroned North Judson in Sectional 34 play, and by the look of things Wednesday, that loss had been on the Bluejays' minds ever since.
Judson hit the court running, jumping off to a 14-nil lead against the Cavaliers and never looking back in a dominant 72-35 reprisal victory at the Winning Edge Holiday Tournament at North Judson Wednesday.
“I think if you look back to last year’s sectional, these guys were the ones that knocked us out of sectional. I think for these guys it’s been building and something they’ve been working towards,” said Judson head basketball coach Ryan Bales. That doesn’t always guarantee a victory, but I think our guys were focused tonight and zeroed in on what we wanted to accomplish.”
Judson’s full court pressure and swarming man-to-man created nearly as many turnovers by Culver as the Cavs’ total number of shots, and the Bluejays capitalized on those 25 miscues with countless transition buckets in the championship win.
Even more impressively, Judson’s half-court D held Culver senior guard Zoe Bauer over 18 points below his average with just four points one night after breaking the Cavs’ career scoring record against LaVille in the tourney semifinal Tuesday.
“The best team won; there’s no doubt about it. They play a solid man-to-man defense and a trapping defense and just really get after you and force you to do things that you don’t want to do and make decisions that you wouldn’t normally make,” said Culver head coach Kyle Elliott. “But more importantly, once you make those decisions, they are one of the better teams around at making you pay for it, and they made us pay for those mistakes in converting points at the offensive end for them.”