AKRON – It was wild. It was crazy. It was Parkur Dalrymple.

Thanks to a game-winning three-pointer by Dalrymple, the Tippecanoe Valley boys basketball team won a 46-45 Three Rivers Conference thriller over the visiting Whitko Wildcats.

“That three at the end, we ran that play to perfection,” said Valley coach Chad Patrick.

Whitko led for most of the game, and held a 40-37 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

That’s when Dalrymple went to work, holding his follow-through with confidence as his shot from beyond the arc tied the game at 40.

“I’m just trying to get my shot better,” Dalrymple said. “It’s been off the last five games now and it started to come back.”

Whitko’s Drake Lewis calmly answered with a trey, but Dalrymple responded right back with a three of his own.

Another Lewis bucket gave Whitko the lead with less than a minute remaining.

On Valley’s next possession, a missed three-pointer turned into a loose-ball foul on the Wildcats, and the Vikings had the ball with 7.4 seconds remaining.

The plan? Get the ball in Dalrymple’s hands.

“It was designed for me,” Dalrymple said with a laugh.

It only took a few passes for Dalrymple to get his hands on the ball, and he hit the game-winner with around five seconds remaining.

Whitko’s in-bounds pass was picked off to seal the win for the Vikings, and Valley’s bench stormed the court with exuberation.

“It was a great win,” Patrick said.

Whitko (2-5, 0-2 TRC) was in control for most of the game. The Wildcats started on an 11-2 run and took a 13-6 lead into the second quarter.

They held a six-point advantage at halftime, though Valley cut their lead to two by the end of the third.

Whitko, which finished with 15 turnovers, has lost five of their last six games.

“It’s to the point in our season we’re not learning from our mistakes,” said Whitko coach Eli Henson.

“And, you’re never gonna win a game like that when you’re turning the ball over.”

The game was a redemption of sorts for Dalrymple, who missed the previous two games because of disciplinary reasons.

He hit five three-pointers, and scored 10 of his team-high 16 points in the fourth quarter. Tanner Trippiedi added 11 points for the Vikings (4-3, 2-0 TRC).

Whitko’s Spencer Sroufe, who is coming off an ankle injury, came off the bench early and finished with game-highs of 23 points and 14 rebounds.

“To me, (Sroufe) was the only one who showed up and battled tonight,” Henson said. “He was the only one that was consistent from minute one to the end of the game.”

Valley will host Culver Tuesday, while Whitko will host Warsaw Wednesday.



TIPPECANOE VALLEY 46,

WHITKO 45

W    13    12    9    11    –    45

V    6    13    13    14    –    46

Whitko – Brett Sickafoose 1-5 2-2 5, Clayton Ebbinghouse 1-7 0-0 3, Drake Lewis 4-11 0-0 9, Micah Cokl 1-6 0-0 3, Andrew Swartz 1-2 0-0 2, Spencer Sroufe 9-14 5-6 23. Totals 17-45 7-8 45.

Valley – Tanner Trippiedi 4-12 1-1 11, Jalen Potter 0-0 0-0 0, Jalen Shepherd 0-1 2-4 2, Parkur Dalrymple 5-11 1-2 16, Wes Melanson 4-10 1-2 9, Cameron Parker 1-5 0-0 2, Jace Potter 2-4 0-0 4, Alex Craft 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 17-46 5-9 46.

Three-pointers – Whitko 4 (Sickafoose 1, Ebbinghouse 1, Lewis 1, Cokl 1); Valley 7 (Dalrymple 5, Trippiedi 2). Rebounding – Whitko 32 (Sroufe 14), Valley 27 (Parker 8); Turnovers – Whitko 15, Valley 13; Fouls – Whitko 12, Valley 11; Fouled out – none.

JV Game – Tippecanoe Valley 38, Whitko 28

Valley – Ross O’Connor 18, Rex Kirchenstein 10, Bryce Fisher 4, DJ Estep 4, Payton Potter 2.

Whitko – Slater Craig 9, Keith Miller 6, Kylar Bryant 6, Aiden Hoffman 5, Cameron Sapp 2.