Sectional Opening Night Round-up
Hoosier Hysteria came to a head across the state last night as boys basketball teams hit the hardwood for the 93rd annual state basketball tournament.
Ten sectionals had their first-round games postponed due to heavy snow across Indiana and those will be played on Wednesday. Luckily, Southern Indiana missed the brunt of the storm and games went off with nary a hitch.
Corydon, Crawford Co. and South Central all advanced while North Harrison was clipped by Madison in an overtime thriller. The only local school not in action — Lanesville — battles West Washington on Friday in the “bye game” at 1A Springs Valley.
CC nips Warriors
As the only sectional in the state where every team had a winning record, things were expected to be tight in Ramsey at the North Harrison Class 3A Sectional.
And they were.
In the first game, Corydon avenged a one-point overtime loss back on Dec. 15 by nipping Scottsburg by three, 59-56.
Panthers senior Josh Pruett had the hot hand, scoring 21 points with five triples. In the overtime loss, Pruett hit nine threes en route to a 39-point night.
Craig Keinsley had a quiet 14, Quentin Combs notched 11 and Nevin Dunaway powered through for nine points. Sophomore guard Kyle Savely had just four points but had a respectable floor game with several rebounds, assists and crucial late-game steals.
Corydon (15-6), which was coming off back-to-back 23 and 30 point losses to Crawford County and South Central, never folded its tent despite falling behind after the first quarter, 15-11.
Scottsburg, which saw its season end at 12-9, had its lead disappear thanks to a 15-3 run through the first five minutes of the second quarter. By halftime Corydon led, 29-24.
Scottsburg got two points back in the third, 45-42, and had a chance for the tie at the end of the game.
Following a pair of Keinsley frees, Daniel Watson bagged one of his four threes on the night to cut the deficit to 59-56.
Corydon’s Zach Engleman missed two free throws at the other end and the Warriors chucked a pair of bombs in the final 10 seconds. Both missed their mark, however, sending Corydon into the semifinal round.
The Panthers were 21-48 from the floor, including a 7-19 mark from three-point land, and drained 10 of 16 charity tosses. Scottsburg fired 57 shots, hitting 22. Of the 57 attempts, 30 were from beyond the arc and the team hit eight.
The Warriors were out-rebounded, 34-31, but committed two fewer turnovers, 13-11.
Watson paced his club with 18 points, including 15 in the second half. Joseph Humes had 10 and Brian Roberts scored 16.
NH clipped in OT
Game two saw the underdog host Cougars give Hoosier Hills Conference opponent Madison everything the Cubs wanted and more, only to fall in the end, 84-83 in overtime.
It was one of eight OT games across the state last night.
Neither team led by more than seven points during the contest as North Harrison rallied from a five-point deficit with 35 seconds left in regulation to force the extra set.
Daniel Love had an old-fashioned three with 18 seconds left to set the score at 71-69 and at the other end, Danny Gibson bagged a free throw.
North (10-11) tried to get the ball into the hands of junior guard Chad Nate Miller, who finished with an eye-popping 35 points and five threes, however Madison’s defense held true. With time running out, Love provided more heroics by leaning into Corey Getz on a three-point try with 1.4 seconds left to draw the foul.
Love calmly sank all three frees to send the game into OT.
Madison (13-8) scored the first six points of overtime, but sophomore guard Blake Snodgrass pitched in two quick baskets to keep the game close.
Miller hit two frees and a triple with 20 ticks left, making the score 82-81.
Gibson, who finished with 12 points, swished two frees for a three-point lead.
Again the Cougars looked to their three-point gunners to tie it in the final 10 seconds. After a couple of unsuccessful looks, the ball rotated to Cody Mitchell, who pump-faked a trey with three seconds left. The move sent Madison’s defender flying by. Mitchell drove inside the arc, however, to hit a 12-footer as time expired.
The Cougars were 26-51 from the floor and buried 11 of 23 attempts from three-point land. North was equally impressive at the stripe as the squad hit 20 of 21 attempts.
Madison hit 27 of 48 from the floor, 7-12 from long range and 23-33 at the line. The Cubs used their height advantage to out-rebound North, 24-14. Both teams committed nine miscues.
For the Cougars, Miller had 35 with five threes and senior cousin Shanon Miller made his final high school game one to remember with 20 points (missing no more than four shots) and four threes. Snodgrass had 16, Love scored six, Gary Fessel had four and Mitchell the lone two.
Getz paced Madison with 21 points, speedy Danny Gibson had 20, Mike Watson pitched in 13 and Andy Povaleri got up for nine points.
Madison will take on Corydon in the 6 p.m. game on Friday, followed by Silver Creek vs. Providence.
Crawford beats FP
At 2A Southridge, Crawford County withstood a late-game rally by Forest Park and advanced to Friday’s semifinal with a 71-65 victory.
Josh Byerly and Brian Key each bagged 15 points, Rocky Schultz had 14 and Brian Bowman 11 to avenge a 14-point loss to the Rangers (12-9) on Jan. 22.
Forest Park hit 8-10 free throws while Crawford (17-4) made 45 trips to the charity stripe, hitting 28.
Phil Weyer led the Rangers with 16 points and four threes.
Crawford will face South Spencer in the early game on Friday.
Rebels rip Orleans
South Central, ranked fourth in Class 1A, picked up its first win in class basketball with a 60-42 victory over Orleans (15-8) at 1A Springs Valley.
Junior Aaron Vaught scored 17 points with six rebounds and four blocks and senior Craig Schoen had 16 in the win. Junior Kevin Kendall pitched in 10 as well for the Rebs.
South (19-4), which takes on the host school on Friday, was 23-47 from the floor and out-rebounded Orleans, 26-12.
Travis Gilstrap had 11 for the Bulldogs.