Locust Grove came up short of winning the Bank of Locust Grove Invitational Friday after falling to Ketchum 59-54 in the finals.
The Pirates led by eight at the half with help from senior David Stone. Stone scored 17 points in the first half and earned All-Tournament honors after the game.
Stone, a point guard, ended the game with 20 points as the Pirates’ leading scorer. The Ketchum defense held Stone to only three points in the second half.
“I don’t know how much they shut David (Stone) down, rather than he just didn’t get as many open looks as he had in the first,” Maple said. “It goes back to we turned the ball over and I don’t think he got as many looks because we turned the ball over so many times in the third quarter.” Locust Grove turned the ball over 20 times.
Senior Reed Bryant also earned All-Tournament honors at small forward. Bryant scored eight points and pulled in seven rebounds in the game. Previously, he had a double-double in the semifinals against Westville.
Sophomore Colton Pike scored 10 points in the finals.
Junior Taylor Halpain came up big in the fourth period to keep the game close. Halpain scored six points and went 4-4 from the stripe in the final period.
The victory improved Ketchum’s record to 15-0. Maple had high praises for Ketchum.
“They’ve got a very legitimate shot at winning a state championship in class 2A,” said Maple. “They are a top notch basketball team and I think Coach Callison does a great job.”
The Pirates have a 7-3 record and play at Hilldale Jan. 15.