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  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Homestead's Trent Loomis shoots a layup during the first quarter Friday against host Snider. Loomis scored a career-high 18 points to help the Spartans win.

  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Homestead's Trent Loomis during the first quarter against Snider at Snider on Friday.

Saturday, January 12, 2019 1:10 am

High School Basketball Homestead 60 Snider 41

Forward Loomis hits big shots for Spartans

ELIZABETH WYMAN | The Journal Gazette

Trent Loomis likely wasn't the player Snider scouted. He's not the go-to game-on-the-line type player.

He's not averaging 18 points like Luke Goode or 15 like Zak Krueger.

And that was Snider's mistake.

The swarming defense Snider (9-4, 4-2 SAC) deployed to shut down Goode and Krueger left Loomis alone to do his thing and he scored a career-high 18 points as Homestead beat host Snider 60-41 Friday night.

“It feels great; I just have to play my role,” said Loomis, a senior forward. “We have two great scorers in Luke and Zak, so it creates openings for me.”

Loomis used the back door, slipping behind the Panthers defense all night. Will Smith found him wide open underneath the basket to finish with contact in the midst of a 5-0 Loomis run to make it 49-28 with 6:45 to play in the game.

“It was Trent's turn,” Homestead coach Chris Johnson said. “When you're taking away Krueger and taking away Goode, those other kids need to step up, and they've been doing that.

“Trent is a very good ball player. He has length; he's tough to go around and he's getting more and more confident as the season goes on.”

Despite the Panthers' attempt to shut down Goode, his athleticism was on display from the start. He began his 19-point scoring effort with a nifty step-back jumper to start the game. The Spartans (11-1, 3-1 SAC) scored on their first three possessions to jump out to a 9-0 lead, forcing an early Snider timeout.

“We just wanted to make sure we were patient offensively; make them work on the defensive end, which they did, but I think we really moved the basketball and that was key,” Johnson said.

Snider's defense was suffocating at times, stretching out Homestead's possessions to minutes at a time, but the patience a point guard such as Krueger and Goode can bring put their smart decisions on display.

“It was the team atmosphere,” Goode said. “We came into the game knowing that they would probably play tight defense on me and Zak, and we've always preached that we need players to step up.”

Isaac Farnsworth and Michael Eley each had seven points for Snider.

A frustrated Panthers coach Jeremy Rauch pulled much of his starting five for most of the second half.

Homestead's defense forced Snider to settle for long jumpers and ill-advised 3s. That has been its plan all season. Bishop Dwenger, the only team to beat Homestead, and Bishop Luers are the only two teams to score more than 50 points against the Spartans this season.

“We just came in playing our game plan, playing defense first and letting that create our offense,” Loomis said.

The Spartans defeated the Panthers 65-49 on Dec. 28 to win its first ever SAC Holiday Tournament in the midst of their eight-game winning streak. They've also taken down Blackhawk Christian, a powerful South Side team and play East Noble today.

“We just gotta keep winning,” Loomis said. “I think we've proven we're a good team and can beat all these top teams in the city. We're showing the city that we're a for real team and a state contender.”

ewyman@jg.net