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Cougars edge South; CC holds off Lanesville

Cougars edge South; CC holds off Lanesville
Cougars edge South; CC holds off Lanesville
Cougars senior Blake Snodgrass (3) tries to drive around Ben Hanus of South Central in the second half of North's thrilling 65-61 win. (Photo by Alan Stewart)

The last thing South Central head coach wrote on a chalkboard in his team’s locker room was, ‘Know where Blake is!’
The host Rebels knew exactly where Blake (as in North Harrison’s Blake Snodgrass) was; they just couldn’t do much to stop him. Sometimes he was driving on the left side of the lane. Other times he was handling the ball out top and many times he could be found at the free throw line.
And when all was said and done, Snodgrass helped the Cougars open the hoops season with a 65-61 barn-burner over South Central last night in Elizabeth.
Snodgrass, a 5-11 senior guard, scored 29 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, and went 10-12 at the charity stripe for the Cougars.
Senior front-court teammate Cody Mitchell had an equally impressive night with 18 points on 11-of-13 shooting at the stripe.
The game featured two ties and 13 lead changes, including the final flip-flop when Mitchell hit a shot inside with 1:21 remaining to give his club a lead it wouldn’t relinquish the rest of the way.
‘It was a wild one. I thought both teams played extremely hard,’ Cougars coach Rick Snodgrass said. ‘What I’m pleased of was that we won the game because we made some defensive stops at the end of the game and made some key baskets.
‘I thought the kids hung in there. Anytime you can get a win on the road at the start of the year, it’s exciting.’
North started off with an early 8-2 lead as South committed five turnovers in its first seven possessions.
Once the Rebels got over their jitters, they were able to close to 13-12 at the first stop thanks to a deuce by senior guard Brad Brown and a three-ball by junior Derek Kaiser.
Josh McRae had a goal to start the second period and gave the Rebels a short-lived advantage.
After swapping leads, North eventually put a nose ahead when Snodgrass hit four free throws. South’s Brad Brown added two charity tosses of his own and then tacked on a triple to give the hosts a 29-25 lead.
Snodgrass had a free throw with 1:11 remaining in the first half and South would hold North scoreless to the break, picking up points from Brad Brown on a steal and lay-in and free throws by Chad McRae and Kaiser.
Snodgrass had a bucket with five seconds left to set the halftime score at 34-28 in favor of South.
Ben Hanus and Paul Brown sandwiched Rebel baskets around a two by Krieg Reed to give South its largest lead of the game, 38-30.
Both teams missed several scoring opportunites over the next three minutes, with Mitchell finally breaking through with one from beyond the arc. Snodgrass added another basket to bring the visitors to within three.
South coach Greg Robinson saw the drought as the tide-turner.
‘I thought we had them on the ropes in the third quarter. We just didn’t make the shots we needed to make. We got two or three good shots and if we make those shots, we pull away. Instead, Mitchell hits a three that bounces on the rim about four times and goes in and they’re back in it,’ Robinson said. ‘We let them back in the game and they took advantage of it.’
Later, a pair of frees by Mitchell and a three-ball by Cory Beach brought North within two, 42-40, but Brad Brown snapped the run with a three of his own to set the score at the last stop, 45-40.
The Rebels continued to hold a four- to five-point lead through most of the final stanza, but an old-fashioned three by Mitchell and a goal by Snodgrass put North ahead with four minutes left.
Senior Brad Mercer kept his team in it with a nice leaner in the lane and an old-fashioned three, but the mounting free throw count took its toll on the hosts.
North wound up shooting a respectible 28 of 37 from the line while South Central attempted 23 and hit 14.
From the floor, the Rebels were an even 50 percent with a 22 of 44 effort (including 3-8 on threes) and the Cougars trailed at 37 percent on 17 of 46 (3-15 on threes) shooting.
North dominated the glass, 36-23, but committed a few more turnovers, 22-18.
Rounding out the scoring line for the winners were Reed with eight points, Beach had five, Ty Rothrock and Zach Janes each scored two and Jon Couts had a free throw.
The Rebels were paced by Brad Brown’s 14 points and 13 from Hanus. Mercer had eight points, Chad McRae and Derek Kaiser each chipped in seven points, Brent Wilkerson and Deavon Wiseman both scored four and Paul Brown and Josh McRae tacked on two apiece.
‘We missed some free throws and missed a couple of shots and they hit their free throws and hit a couple of shots and that was the difference,’ Robinson said. ‘We did a lot of things that we needed to do down the stretch except to put the ball in the basket.’
South jumps from the frying pan and into the fire Saturday as the Rebels travel to Marengo to face a Wolfpack team that returns its entire lineup from last year.
North Harrison takes a week off and will host county rival Corydon Central on Dec. 5.
CC 70, Lanesville 61
Corydon’s Savely brothers ‘ Kyle and Kurt ‘ paired up to score 38 of their team’s 70 points last night to propel the Panthers to an 70-61 home victory.
Kyle Savely had 11 of his 21 points in the first quarter, where the hosts took a commanding 28-17 lead. Kurt Savely had 12 of his 17 points in the first half.
Sophomore Ryan Herndon scored seven points in his first varsity start for Corydon.
Panther senior James Yeager added seven of his 12 points in the third period.
A pesky Lanesville squad doubled up the Panthers in the third period, 16-8, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a 43-27 half-time deficit.
The Eagles also put three senior players in double-figures, with David Barr coming away with 21 points, followed by Jason Ketterer’s 12 and Adam Brown’s 11. Patrick Huffman knocked down three threes for his nine points.