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SC rips Warriors then falls to Hornets

South Central had little trouble winning the opening game of the Class 1A sectional at New Washington last Wednesday night, roaring past Christian Academy of Indiana, 74-41.
Unfortunately for the Rebels, Henryville’s buzz saw knocked them from the tournament in the semifinal round on Friday evening, 73-57.
The Rebels had 11 players score on the blowout win over Christian Academy, led by Chad McRae’s 16 points and Cody Jobe’s 14.
McRae went 7 for 12 from the field and had five rebounds while Jobe’s numbers came from Trey-ville, where he hit 3 of 6 shots. Jobe also had five boards.
A quartet of players ‘ Brandon Eschbacher, Derek Kaiser, Kyle Cook and Jimmy Jamison ‘ each put in seven points.
Christian Academy, a team that finished 1-22, never led and never got within 14 points after falling behind 21-7 in the opening period.
A 19-2 run that was started by a bucket by South’s Cody Simpson at the 5:10 mark of the first quarter and ended on a basket by Kaiser with 7:24 remaining in the second frame proved to be too much for the Warriors.
The Rebels dominated in the post, scoring 36 of their points down low.
Tyler Alexander, a freshman for the Warriors, led his team with 13 points and Andrew Glass finished with 12.
South Central was 26 of 55 from the field and sank 18 of 31 free throws.
Christian Academy, which fumbled the ball 21 times, was 17 of 61 from the floor and got to the line just five times, hitting one.
After coasting past the Warriors, South faced off against defending 1A sectional champion Henryville.
The Hornets wasted no time jumping on South Central, jumping out to a 12-0 lead and 18-2 in the first period.
By halftime, things weren’t any better for the Rebels, who trailed 33-14.
South (9-14) simply had no answer for Henryville’s star senior, Eric Hester.
The chief Hornet had 28 points, went 10 of 11 on two-pointers, hit 8 of 11 foul shots, pulled down nine rebounds and handed out seven assists. He also drew the defensive assignment on McRae.
About the only thing Hester didn’t do was drive the bus to the game and sell popcorn at halftime.
After the intermission, South outscored Henryville 43-40 over the final 16 minutes. But it was too little, too late for the Rebels.
Michael Graf of Henryville nearly marked a double-double with 12 points and eight rebounds, and Cody Munk, who torched South with a slew of threes on the regular season matchup, was 11 of 12 at the line and finished with 16 points.
McRae scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half and finished with 10 rebounds, two steals and an assist.
Teammate Cody Jobe scored 12 points and Derek Kaiser had 11 for South.
The Rebels wound up shooting 19 of 59 from the field and got to the line 25 times on the night, hitting 16.
Henryville was 21 of 43 on field goals and a very respectable 28 of 34 at the foul line.