LEIPSIC — Zach Kuhlman needed 14 points to reach the 1,000 point mark in his high school career Friday night.
The senior wing didn't waste a whole lot of time trying to get those 14 points. And early in the second quarter when Kuhlman nailed a three-pointer from the left corner that gave him his 1,000 point. And that was only the beginning as Kuhlman scored a team high 24 points to lead the Vikings to a 75-43 Blanchard Valley Conference win over Pandora-Gilboa.
Kuhlman scored nine points in the opening quarter despite P-G using a box and one to try and slow him down. Those nine points helped Leipsic to a 20-12 first quarter lead.
P-G pulled within 20-14 after Colin Fenstermaker hit a free throw line jumper to start the second quarter scoring. Leipsic then went on a 16-0 run to break the game open.
Jordan Brown started the run with a three point play before Kuhlman scored on a layup. After a Matt Schroeder three-pointer, the Vikings forced a P-G turnover and in transition, Kuhlman received a pass in thecorner and nailed a three-pointer to give him his 1,000 point. After Gavin Cupp scored inside, Kuhlman hit another three-pointer and followed that with a two-pointer as he scored 19 points in the first half. Seth Schmenk finally ended the Vikings run with a basket and the two teams traded points the rest of the half as Leipsic had a 44-23 halftime lead.
Leipsic finished the game by outscoring the Rockets 31-20 in the second half.
Kuhlman paced the Vikings with 24 points, five assists and three steals. Jordan Brown had 17 points and Matt Schroeder had 11 points. Cupp pulled down seven rebounds and Neil Haselman six for the Vikings.
Schmenk led the Rockets with 19 points and Fenstermaker had 13 points. Jared Tousley had seven rebounds for the Rockets.