With a lack of energy in the first half, Harrison coach Mark Rinehart inserted senior Tanner Watkins and junior Matthew Roop to start the second half.
Each finished with four points, but it was their defensive intensity that turned an eight-point halftime deficit into a 69-54 victory over Westfield at May Gymnasium.
“They completely changed our effort level,” Rinehart said. “We started getting stops and turned defense into offense.”
Behind Roop and Watkins, the Raiders (12-7) limited Westfield to 15 second-half points. Isaiah Carpenter led Harrison with 18 points and Cade Renicker scored 13. Conner Osswald had 16 for the Shamrocks (3-16).
Faith Christian 67
Clinton Central 50
The Eagles bolted to a 23-5 lead and never looked back behind Cam Berning’s game-high 21 points.
Matt Rumpke pulled off a double-double performance of 16 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for Faith Christian (9-9). Matthew Dutton added 14 points.
Brandon Eimen had 18 points to lead Clinton Central (0-20).
Clinton Prairie 55
The top-ranked (Class A) Trojans (19-1) avoided the upset by outscoring the host Gophers 19-9 in the fourth quarter.
Chandler Spring found his shooting range from behind the 3-point line, sinking 4 of 8 on his way to a game-high 27 points. Bryce Cooper added 13 points and Travis Coleman scored 10 for Covington.
Kale Morris and Jared Stillwell had 19 points apiece for Clinton Prairie (13-6), which built its lead with 44 percent shooting from 3-point range (10 of 23).
Benton Central 61
Dane Hardebeck scored a game-high 20 points to help the Cavaliers (15-5) withstand a fourth quarter rally.
With both teams shooting well from 3-point range, the outcome came down to free throws and Tri-County made 19, eight more than Benton Central attempted.
Austin Schneider and Elijah Legler also were in double figures for the Cavaliers with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Jack Marquie and Jacob Turner each had 15 points for Benton Central (6-13), and Austin Dixon added 13. Marquie completed his double-double with a game-high 12 rebounds.
North Montgomery 60
Riverton Parke 21
Grant Gayler scored a game-high 10 points for the Chargers (11-8), who had 11 players crack the scoring column in this home romp.
Gayler also pulled down 10 rebounds to complete his double-double.
The championship game of the West Lafayette Sectional between Peru and Benton Central is postponed until 6:30 p.m. Monday due to poor weather causing travel issues from Peru.
Rensselaer and North Judson will play at 7 p.m. Monday at North Newton.
The championship game of the Tri-County Sectional between West Central and North White will be at 7 p.m. Monday.
Danielle Auckley capped her high school swimming career with a pair of top-12 finishes at Saturday’s IHSAA state finals, helping McCutcheon finish 28th in the team standings.
Auckley won the consolation final of the 50-yard freestyle, finishing ninth overall with a time of 24.14 seconds. In the 100 freestyle, Auckley was 12th in 52.08.
West Lafayette diver Allison Green was 17th.
Jon Anderson and Dustin Miller of Lafayette Jeff, along with Delphi’s Hunter Mote, earned runner-up finishes at the Merrillville Semistate.
That trio, plus Harrison’s Seth Meyer and Benton Central’s Blake Strawsma, will compete at next weekend’s state meet in Indianapolis.