Rebels squash NH by 20 in season-opener
Midway through the second quarter of last night’s boys basketball season-opener between South Central and North Harrison, a stray, brown M & M rolled onto the floor and forced a stoppage in play. Little did anyone know at the time that the two letters would provide the storyline for the final outcome.
One “M” was for Mercer: As in South’s 6-7 junior forward Brian Mercer, who lit up the Cougars for 26 points, including 11 in the third quarter.
The other “M” was for Miller: As in North Harrison’s star 6-2 junior guard Chad Nate Miller, who was held in check by the Rebels’ Jared Wilkerson and Brad Mercer. Miller hit eight of 10 free throws and had just five points off field goals to finish with 13.
The end result was an upside-down “M” for the pre-season No. 6-ranked (Class A) Rebels: South roasted the nets to coast past the visitors, 87-67, in Elizabeth.
South’s Craig Schoen scored 24 points with three three-pointers and 5-6 shooting from the line and Aaron Vaught had 19 points, including a pair of slam dunks to lead the squad to the victory. As a team, the Rebels hit 37 of 58 from the floor (64 percent) and 15 of 20 (66 percent) at the charity stripe while out-rebounding the Cougars by six, 38-32.
“Our break doesn’t stop once we get down the floor. They really jumped out on our screens for Craig and it opened things up inside for Brian and Aaron. When teams jump out like that, we’re going to give it up to the big guys to finish and they did a good job tonight in doing that,” South coach Greg Robinson said. “The three things I wanted to see us do tonight was defense, take care of the ball and hustle and I think we took care of business in all three categories.”
The Rebels rocketed out to a 22-9 lead after one quarter of play and North could get no closer than eight the rest of the way.
“We played zone to start off the game but they were lobbing over the top of us so we had to go to a man-to-man. Then they were hitting from the outside and that really made everything we were trying to do ineffective from the standpoint that we can’t sag in because they’ll shoot the three and we can’t go out because they’ll dump it inside,” North Harrison coach Rick Snodgrass said. “Even their role players like (Jared) Wilkerson and (Adam) Miller came in and contributed and did an outstanding job.
“South Central is a legit team and they are very deserving of their ranking. It wouldn’t surprise me a single bit if they were in the state championship game.”
The Cougars were 18 of 60 from the floor and connected on 23 of 34 free throws in the game. Sophomore guard Blake Snodgrass led the team in scoring with 24 points on 6-6 shooting from the free throw line and two triples. Miller scored 13, Shanon Miller scored 13 and Cody Mitchell tossed in five points. Steve Throckmorton, Gary Fessel, Daniel Love and Chad “Smoothie” Miller all scored three apiece.
“As a veteran coach, I can’t emphasize enough that this is one game in a 20-game regular season. I’m happy with the way the kids worked tonight and they’ll get better each time out,” Snodgrass said. “We’re not going to face a 6-9 center every night out. He was an animal tonight and he kind of got us off balance a little bit in the paint. If I thought we didn’t work hard then I might take this a little harder but I can’t fault the kids for their effort against a team like South Central. We’ll learn from this.”
The Rebels scoring was rounded out by Ben Hyde-Hanus (six points), Kevin Kendall (four), Wilkerson (four), Adam Miller (three) and Joe Babcock (one point).
“(North) came in with what they and a lot of people said was one of the best back courts in the area and I felt like our back court stepped up to the challenge,” Robinson said. “I know we had one lineup in there in the first half that I’m not sure I’ve even used in practice. Every player that stepped out on the floor contributed in some way and that’s what we’ll continue to need as the season wears on.”
CC trips frisky LHS
Host Corydon Central hit 25 of 33 free throws and shot 50 percent from the floor last night to pull out a 74-60 win over Lanesville in the season-opener for both boys basketball teams.
Corydon’s biggest lead was the final score.
The Panthers were 22 of 44 on field goals and went 13 of 16 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
Corydon jumped out to an 11-2 lead before Lanesville rallied to 11-10 in the first quarter. Just as quickly the hosts went on a 10-0 run to hold a 21-10 advantage at the end of the first.
The Eagles fell behind 30-17 before going on a 12-4 run to end the first half, led by senior Nic Acton’s seven points in the second period.
The two clubs played to a 15-15 tie in the third, making the score 49-44 heading into the final set.
Lanesville trimmed it to 44-43 but never got over the hump the rest of the way.
Zach Engleman had 17 points and two threes to lead the Panthers with Craig Keinsley carding 12 with two threes. Josh Pruett touched the nets for 14 points and Nevin Dunaway added 16. Kyle Savely scored nine points and Quentin Combs tacked on six to round out Corydon’s scoring.
Lanesville, which hit nine of 16 free throws, was led in scoring by Andrew Denny’s 15 points. Acton chipped in with 14 and Justin Ferguson scored nine. Filling out the score book were Nick Geswein and Josh Walter with six points each, Matt Schickel with five, Nathan Barnickel with three and Michael Voelker with two.
The Eagles were 23 of 59 from the floor, including 7-14 in the fourth, and was 5-16 on threes. Corydon out-rebounded the visitors, 39-25, and forced 13 turnovers. The Panthers, which play on Friday night at home against Brownstown, had 21 miscues.