Who won, who fell, and what’s next
Of the four Harrison County boys basketball teams that started sectional play last night at 1A Orleans and 3A Madison, only Lanesville stood as lone casualty: Corydon Central avenged an early season loss to Scottsburg, North Harrison skipped past Silver Creek and South Central pasted Medora, with the Eagles being eliminated by West Washington.
Last night’s winners move on to play against each other at 6 p.m. in the first game in Friday night’s semifinal round. At Madison, Corydon faces North while at Orleans, South takes on the Senators.
North Harrison 56, Silver Creek 49
While it wasn’t pretty, North Harrison’s seven-point victory over Silver Creek was enough to advance the squad to Friday night’s semi-final matchup against Corydon Central.
Senior All-state candidate Chad Miller scored 23 with a trio of three-pointers and Daniel Love tacked on 10 for the winners, which shot just 38 percent from the field.
The Cougars (17-4) opened the game with a 16-11 lead in the first frame, but the Dragons rallied to take a brief lead midway through the second period. North retaliated to set the pace at the break, 31-27.
Silver Creek (10-11) fell even further behind in the third as it was outscored 11-6.
The Cougars iced the game thanks to five free throws in the final minute. North had 11 turnovers, with Silver Creek coughing the ball up 15 times. The Dragons hit 8-13 at the charity stripe while the winners were 15 of 26.
Rounding out the scoring line for North were Blake Snodgrass with nine, Ross Schulz scored six, Cody Mitchell had five, Steve Throckmorton put in two and Kreig Reed had one free throw for his only point of the night.
Silver Creek was paced by 15 points from both Josh Lanham and Geoff Miller.
Corydon 72, Scottsburg 65
Corydon Central repeated a bit of its formula for a sectional title last night. Just like last year, when Corydon won its second-straight crown, the Panthers fell to Scottsburg during the regular season, and then beat the Warriors when it counted in sectional play.
The Panthers shot 22 of 42 from the field and used a methodical offense to keep Scottsburg at bay.
The Warriors (15-6) last led with three minutes to go in the second quarter, 28-26.
From there, Corydon’s Kyle Savely hit inside to tie it up and Kurt Savely hit two frees to put Corydon back on top, 30-28.
Kyle Savely started the third with a three and a deuce to put Corydon up by seven and Quentin Combs, who finished with 18, added a goal in the paint.
Scottsburg pulled within five late, but got no closer.
Corydon (16-6) was 23 of 32 from the foul stripe while the Warriors, which shot 26 of 60 from the floor, went to the line 19 times and converted on eight shots.
Nevin Dunaway and Jeff Conrad each added 10 points for the Panthers while Scottsburg was led by 15 points from Daniel Humes and 14 from Brian Roberts.
South Central 67, Medora 39
Ten players scored for the Rebels, which sputtered at the outset and then quickly put the game away.
Senior 6-7 forward Brian Mercer picked up two fouls in the first 51 seconds and was forced to the sidelines. His teammates picked up the slack after Medora had crawled to 8-7 with 4:31 left in the first period.
South’s Brent Wilkerson hit one of his two threes on the night and Aaron Vaught tacked on a free throw, which was followed by a deuce by Medora’s Levi Lakes, setting the score at 12-9 with 2:27 left.
South (18-4) went on a 9-2 run in the final stretch of the first on baskets by Jared Wilkerson, Kevin Kendall, an old-fashioned three by Ben Hanus and a put-back by Jared Wilkerson just before the buzzer. The volley of points put the Rebels up by 10, 21-11.
South blew the contest open in the second period, outscoring the Hornets 16-5 and holding them without a field goal. At halftime, the Rebels led, 37-16.
It was all downhill for Medora (3-18) from there.
Vaught led the way with 13 points, with Hanus and Jared Wilkerson each adding 11. Brad Mercer scored seven, Brian Mercer and Brent Wilkerson had six apiece, Brad Brown came off the bench for five, Deavon Wiseman scored four and Joe Babcock and Kevin Kendall each added two points each.
South shot 26 of 42 for the game and squashed the Hornets on the boards, 26-10. The Rebels forced 23 turnovers in the win.
Medora, which was paced by the 16 points by Trent Temple, shot 13 of 26 from the floor.
West Washington 68, Lanesville 54
Lanesville fell behind 7-0 to start its contest against West Washington and never recovered in a season-ending loss.
The Eagles (9-12) shot a respectable percentage at 23 of 47 (48 percent), but none of those shots were three-pointers.
The Eagles got to the charity stripe just 11 times and hit eight shots. The Senators (13-8), meanwhile, toed the charity stripe a whopping 23 times in the fourth quarter alone, hitting 18.
Nine players scored for the Eagles, with Brad Smith putting in 10 to lead the way. Jason Ketterer and Nick Geswein had eight apiece, Justin Wallace, Adam Brown and Matt Schickel all scored six and David Barr had four.
The Senators, which were 23 of 43 from the floor, were led by Ronnie Ragains with 18 points and Tyler Zink with 12.