South rips Medora; Orleans nips Eagles
South Central’s boys basketball team continued its winning ways on Saturday night with an 80-33 whipping of host Medora.
Also on Saturday, Lanesville put a scare in No. 4-ranked Orleans but came up just short in a 67-66 defeat on the road.
South (9-3, 2-0 Southern Athletic Conference) led by 16 at the half, 37-11. Things got ugly in the first few minutes of the third quarter as the Rebels quickly put the Hornets away on a 28-8 run.
Leading the way early for the Rebels was 6-7 senior Brian Mercer, who scored 22 of his 29 points on the night in the first half.
“Outside of Brian, most of the guys on the team never really got going in the first half. Some were in foul trouble and some just weren’t quite on,” South coach Greg Robinson said. “(Brian) played well in the first half. I’m not sure how many other people were ready to go. We woke up in the third quarter and moved better and rotated better away from the ball. The first five minutes of the third quarter were really good. I felt like we did a lot better job being active on defense.”
In addition to Mercer’s 29 with 12 boards, 6-9 senior Aaron Vaught scored 12 with four rebounds, five blocks and two steals. Devon Wiseman scored 11, with Andres Sanchez and Paul Brown adding six apiece.
South Central shot 52 percent from the field and white-washed Medora on the boards, 40-24. The hosts hit just 19 percent of their shots and were forced into 25 turnovers (SC had just seven).
Craig Reynolds and Steven Watson each had eight to pace Medora, with Trent Temple chipping in with five points. Temple and Shane Weddel both grabbed five rebounds to lead their team.
This Friday night, South Central stages its homecoming against S.A.C.-foe Crothersville (7-4, 2-0).
South will be looking for its 27th straight S.A.C. victory.
“(Crothersville) returns Charlie Metz, an all-conference player from last year,” Robinson said. “Their guard play is much improved from a year ago, too. Hopefully we’ll be able to use our quickness to our advantage. They are a very good rebounding team with two 6-5 guys and a 6-3 kid on the front line. Our big guys are going to have to do battle.”
Robinson said the next two games in conference play are very important: “For winning the conference it’s going to have to be done in the next two weeks and we really have to be ready to go.”
n Lanesville almost snapped its skid in a huge way on Saturday night at Orleans.
The Eagles, who are in the midst of a four-game losing streak after climbing back to .500 basketball, took No. 4-ranked and undefeated Orleans (13-0) to the brink, but came up just short in a 67-66 loss.
The Bulldogs, which were coming off a 21-point win over Patoka Lake Conference foe Crawford County the night before, led by two after the first frame, 16-14, and by one at the half, 33-32.
Lanesville slid back a bit in the third period and trailed by as many as 10 points. The Eagles rallied back to within two by the start of the fourth quarter, but came up shy of the huge upset.
Travis Gilstrap led Orleans with 19 points, all coming in the first three frames, while Richie McCracken got hot late with eight points in the fourth for 18 points.
For Lanesville, Brad Smith scored 13 points, Nick Geswein and Matt Schickel both added 12, Jason Ketterer scored eight in his first game back from a broken nose and David Barr and Nathan Barnickle each notched six for the Eagles (4-8).
Lanesville will try to right its ship Friday at North Harrison in a 6 p.m. tipoff.