LONE GROVE — Plainview put four players in double figures in the scoring column as the Indians led almost from start to finish to defeat the Lone Grove Longhorns 70-54 Friday night in a Lake County Conference contest played at the Gary Scott Center.

LONE GROVE — Plainview put four players in double figures in the scoring column as the Indians led almost from start to finish to defeat the Lone Grove Longhorns 70-54 Friday night in a Lake County Conference contest played at the Gary Scott Center.

Indians sophomore Blake Nowell led the way for Plainview with 22 points, including 8-of-11 from the line. 

Nowell also had eight rebounds, six steals and five assists and played the entire game. 

Taylon Chambers had 16 points, five boards and five assists. Cason Dillon chipped in 11 points, and Brock Parham had 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

Plainview (16-3 overall, 5-1 in LCC play), jumped to an 11-4 lead early, but Lone Grove remained patient and regrouped to pull to within 15-12 after the first quarter. 

The Longhorns managed to take an 18-17 lead following a lay-up by Daniel Howard with five minutes remaining. 

But the Indians went on a 13-0 run over the next four minutes to take a 30-18 advantage. Plainview never trailed after that as they took a 33-22 lead at the half. 

The Indians hit 25 of 54 (46 percent) from the floor to the Longhorns’ 40 percent (19 of 37). At the line Lone Grove struggled in their opportunities. 

The Longhorns hit 16 of 29 (55 percent) to the Indians’ 68 percent (13 of 19). 

Plainview owned a 32-25 rebounding edge and an 8-7 advantage on the offensive glass. The Indians had a 10-5 edge in second-chance points. 

Added defensive pressure by Plainview allowed them to command a strong third period. 

A 19-12 advantage in scoring pushed the Indians’ 11-point halftime lead out to 18 points at 52-34 heading to the fourth.

Lone Grove (7-12,1-6) got a strong second half from senior Shelden Brown. 

Brown had 13 of his 19 points in the second half to help the Longhorns stay within closing distance.

“This was a rivalry game, and these games are always important to both schools,” Lone Grove coach John Garrett said. 

“Our guys played hard. We did a better job of executing our offense in stretches, and defensively I thought we had good periods of execution as well. We did play defense better tonight than we had been playing.”

The fourth quarter was characterized by runs by both teams. 

Lone Grove went on a 7-0 run to trim the Plainview lead to 11 early in the period. 

The Indians answered with a 9-4 run that pushed the lead back out mid-way through the quarter

Plainview went to a four-corner spread offense that killed off the final 90 seconds of the game.

Brown’s 19 points, including 6-of-9 from the line, led the Longhorns in scoring. Kemyon Sophus had 15 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double game for Lone Grove.