Too much of Jake Johnson and his supporting cast on offense and too much Oldenburg Academy defense did in the visiting Madison Shawe Hilltoppers Friday night (Jan. 10), as the Twisters celebrated Homecoming 2020 with a 58-47 victory.

Johnson filled up the net for 33 points and the Hilltoppers never got closer than seven points in the second half, that difference achieved in the opening minute of the third quarter.

A 25-18 game, Johnson went on an individual run of 7-0, putting in two from the foul line, a floater on the baseline and one of his five total 3-pointers.

The lead shooting up to 14, OA answered a Shawe transition score with senior Zach Wegman’s traditional 3-point play triggered by a Johnson assist. After sophomore Nick Folop hit 1 of 2 from the stripe, first-year coach Dan Hambrick called timeout with his team down by 16.

A follow-up by Wegman and short jumper from sophomore Abe Streator produced a 40-25 OA advantage late in the third quarter. Two consecutive baskets by the Hilltoppers’ hefty 6-foot-3 center Ethan Stuart made it a 13-point spread heading into the last frame.

Stuart completed an old-fashioned 3-point play to start scoring in the fourth, but junior Wil Freeland later found Wegman for two points.

The Hilltoppers would flirt with a single-digit deficit in the next couple minutes, getting a three from Grayson May, and after junior Andrew Oesterling’s field goal, an inside look by Chandler Cole.

But OA turned to its bread and butter, as Johnson deposited the Twisters’ next nine points; this included a vintage 3-point play and finish off an Oesterling assist.

A 53-44 affair with 1:13 remaining, the Twisters sank 5 of 6 free throws to top off the ‘Toppers.

Madison Shawe struck first in the game with a triple from Henry Grote, but Freeland echoed that on the ensuing possession for the early tie. Shawe’s brief 6-3 lead was eliminated by Johnson’s first make from distance at 3:38.

Johnson and Stuart traded baskets, followed by Oesterling’s steal and conversion. A three from Jack Grote and feed to Stuart put the Hilltoppers up by three at 13-10, erased by another Johnson trey.

Junior Pros Moorman initiated a pair of key plays to put the Twisters up for good, assisting on Freeland’s goal late in the first and getting a pilfer and score to start the second frame.

Streator found Johnson for three more, then added a putback for a 22-13 cushion. Another Johnson deep ball at 3:41 completed a 15-0 Oldenburg rally. Both sides were relatively quiet in the waning minutes of the half, Madison throwing in a Stuart foul shot and a May field goal.

Wegman led six others in the scorebook for the Twisters, netting 7. Stuart put together a nice 21-point effort for Madison, with May adding 11.


The Twisters upped their seasonal record to 8-4 with an interstate win at Villa Madonna, Kentucky, Saturday afternoon.

It was a 23-18 game after one period, then the Twisters dominated for a 43-22 halftime advantage. Things were settled by the end of three (63-28) ahead of a 69-31 final.

OA will travel to South Ripley Jan. 14 before a 10-day break.

Lady Twisters triumph

The Lady Twisters, in the evening opener, enjoyed an even bigger win with their 43-27 defeat of the Lady Hilltoppers.

Oldenburg got off to a flying 7-0 start to open the varsity doubleheader.

OA (3-13) snapped a five-game losing stretch and turns around for a road matchup at Hauser Jan. 14.

Will Fehlinger can be contacted at or 812-934-4343, ext. 220112