ROCHESTER – On a milestone night for Tippecanoe Valley senior Tanner Andrews, his Vikings couldn’t keep up with Class 3A No. 10 NorthWood in the opening game of the The Winning Edge Holiday Tournament at Rochester High School.
Scoring his 10th point of the night on a close-range bucket with eight seconds remaining in the first half, Andrews recorded his 1,000th career point.
That bucket, however, was Andrews’ last of the night, and the Vikings (4-2) were outscored 37-18 in the second half, resulting in a 58-43 loss to the NorthWood Panthers (6-0).
“NorthWood has a really good team, but I don’t think it was just a case of NorthWood beating us,” Valley coach Bill Patrick said. “We beat ourselves. We just started doing things in the second half that we didn’t do in the first half.”
The tournament moves to NorthWood today, where Valley will take on Rochester in the 6 p.m. consolation game, while NorthWood will face Fairfield in the title game. Fairfield defeated Rochester 71-59 in Friday’s nightcap.
In the opening game, Valley appeared to be in control, as it overcame an early 6-0 deficit by using a 16-2 run to go up 16-8 following an Andrews’ three-point play with 7:46 left in the half.
Andrews’ 1,000th career point sustained that six-point advantage until NorthWood sophomore Braxton Linville hit a bucket with two seconds remaining, sending the teams into the half with the Vikings in front 25-21.
Coming out in the second half, NorthWood senior Jonathan Wilkinson looked like a different player.
After shooting 1 of 4 in the first half, the 6-foot-5 Wilkinson came out much more aggressive in the second, going 4 of 8 from the field and 13 of 14 at the free-throw line, resulting in a game-high 21 points.
“Braxton Linville did an excellent job in the second half of changing the tempo and finding Jonathan for some open baskets,” NorthWood coach Aaron Wolfe said.
Along with Wilkinson’s change in play, the entire NorthWood team seemed to notch its level up.
“I thought Tippecanoe Valley did a great job of controlling the tempo (in the first half),” Wolfe said. “I thought we were outrebounded badly and were even slow to loose balls in the first half. In the second half, we came out with better energy and enthusiasm. In a game between two pretty even teams, I thought that was the difference.”
Along with an increase in energy, NorthWood also shot much better than Valley in the second half, converting 10 of 19  (53 percent) field goals to Valley’s 6 of 22 (27 percent).
“I felt like they were missing some shots, but they were also not getting a lot of open looks behind the 3-point line,” Wolfe said. “I think we played better defense in the second half, but I also think they just missed some shots.”
According to Patrick, some of those possessions may have ended in more made buckets had his guys not been in such a hurry.
“They’d get four, five, six passes then shoot,” Patrick said of NorthWood. “We’d get one pass and shoot, one pass and shoot.”
Andrews was held scoreless in the second half, attempting just three shots, while also recording a rebound, a steal and three fouls.
According to Patrick, Andrews’ production in the second half may have been due to his lack of time on the court.
After missing time early in the year to nurse a shoulder injury from the football season, Andrews then had to have mouth surgery during the Christmas break, which has again left him out of practice.
“He’s not in condition, but that’s not his fault,” Patrick said. “We should have taken him out and given him a break. I think he just got tired in that second half.”
Despite his struggles in the game, Andrews did become the sixth Tippecanoe Valley boys basketball player to score 1,000 points.
Valley’s all-time scoring list is topped by 2003 graduate Trey Eaton’s 1,682 points. Second on the list is 1975 graduate Ron Dittman, who had 1,461 points, 853 of which were scored for Akron, while the rest of the list is Scott Johnson (1992, 1,352), Nick Kindig (2013, 1,254) and Brandon Eaton (2000, 1,072).
While he’s not alone in the 1,000-point club at Valley, he may be alone in terms of all-around athletic ability.
During Andrews time at Valley, he’s started for the football, basketball and baseball teams each season since his freshman year, earning all-state honors in football the past three years, and earning all-Three Rivers Conference recognition in each.
“Not many people that play three sports like him, starting all three, has done it,” Patrick said. “That’s probably more of an accomplishment for a kid to score 1,000 points and be a major player in football and baseball too.”
Along with Andrews’ 10 points, senior Ben Shriver had nine for Valley, followed by senior Robby Groom’s eight and seven each from junior Chainey Zolman and senior Logan Britton.
For NorthWood, senior Zach Zurcher accompanied Wilkinson’s 21 points with 17 of his own and senior Will Stueve finished with 10, all of which came in the first half.

(Winning Edge Tourney, 1st Rd)
TV    13    12    11    7    –    43
NW    8    13    18    19    –    58
NW – Braxton Linville 1-4 0-0 2, Zach Zurcher 7-13 3-4 17, Tanner Farmwald 1-2 0-0 2, Jonathan Wilkinson 5-12 13-14 23, Will Stueve 4-7 2-5 10, Kyle McCoy 0-0 4-4 4, Travis Bear 0-0 0-0 0, Cam Simpson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-38 22-27 58.
Valley – Ben Shriver 3-4 3-4 9, Robby Groom 2-9 3-6 8, Tanner Andrews 4-9 2-3 10, Chainey Zolman 2-9 3-3 7, Logan Britton 3-7 1-1 7, Jarred Littlejohn 0-1 0-0 0, Gavin Bussard 1-1 0-0 2, Neil Clampitt 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-40 12-17 43.
3-point goals – NW 0-4, Valley 1-13 (Groom); Team Fouls (technical) – NW 15, Valley 23 (bench); Turnovers – NW 7, Valley 9; Rebounds – NW 28 (Wilkinson 9), Valley 20 (Britton 4); Assists – NW 6 (Linville 2, Stueve 2), Valley 6 (Groom 3); Steals – NW 4, Valley 3 (Andrews 2); Blocks – NW 4 (Linville 3), Valley 2.
Records: NW 6-0, Valley 4-2