The Times photo by Aaron Snyder
No. 13 Isiaac Wilson celebrates after a big three by Gus Etchison (out of focus, left) in the third quarter of the Huskies win on Friday night. Heights had a huge third quarter—outscoring the Shamrocks 21-7.
The Times photo by Aaron Snyder No. 13 Isiaac Wilson celebrates after a big three by Gus Etchison (out of focus, left) in the third quarter of the Huskies win on Friday night. Heights had a huge third quarter—outscoring the Shamrocks 21-7.

The Westfield Shamrocks (10-8) traveled to Arcadia on Friday night to take on the Hamilton Heights Huskies (12-6). Heights trailed at halftime 25-17 and had trouble with Westfield’s interior play during the first half, but the Huskies came alive from behind the three point line in the third quarter and eventually came out on top 64-57.

Heights’ senior forward A.J. Field led all-scorers with 25 points on 15 attempts from the floor and standout sophomore guard Gus Etchison added 18 points and 5 assists.

The Shamrocks were led by senior point guard Zach Banks who managed to score 17 points.

The Shamrocks got off to a strong start—outscoring the Huskies 9-0 in the first minute and 15 seconds of the game and forcing them to call an early timeout.

The Huskies spent the next few minutes of play reeling the Shamrocks back in and, with 1:39 left in the first, Heights’ A.J. Field knocked down a big three to cut Westfield’s lead to just three. By the end of the first Westfield was on top 14-10.

In the opening minutes of the second quarter the Shamrocks extended their lead back to 7 points, where it remained for a large portion of the quarter. By the end of the first half it was Westfield still on top, this time 25-17.

Heights figured something out at halftime and, during the first two minutes of the third, went on a 9-2 run to bring the score within one point.
Then it was A.J. Field with another big three to give Heights their first lead of the night at 29-27.

Two possessions later fields hit another three to give Heights a 5 point lead. On their next possession, after a missed three from Field, Heights got a rebound and kicked it out to Gus Etchison who knocked down another three to bring the lead to 8.

At that point, the crowd in Arcadia was going wild and the Huskies looked to be feeding off of their energy. By the end of the third Heights was ahead 38-33.

On the first possession of the fourth, Etchison hit another three—giving Heights a 9 point lead. On their second possession junior guard Brent Pennington joined the party and knocked down a three of his own.

With 5 minutes left in the game Heights extended their lead to 12 points, and with 2:38 left on the clock the score was 54-43.

With 1:37 left to play, Westfield’s Zach Banks hit a big three to bring the score back to a single digit deficit and, in the final minute and a half, it looked like Westfield might just make a miraculous comeback of their own as the Huskies struggled to break the full-court press.

But it proved to be too little, too late for the Shamrocks and Heights fans cheered their Huskies on to a 64-57 victory.

The Huskies will play their second home game in a row later tonight when they take on the Frankfort Hot Dogs (2-14) in Arcadia at 7:30 p.m.
Westfield also has a home game tonight.

They’re set to play a tough Lafayette Jefferson team (15-5)—who managed 82 points against Indianapolis Arsenal Tech last night—tonight at The Rock. Tipoff for that game will be at 7:30 p.m.