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Dragons overpower Cougars, 71-37

Dragons overpower Cougars, 71-37
Dragons overpower Cougars, 71-37
North Harrison's Chandler Jenkins fights to get a shot over two Silver Creek defenders Saturday night in the Cougars' 71-37 loss to the Dragons. Photo by Wade Bell

In the movie ‘The Hobbit,’ the dwarf city of Dale was desolated by Smaug The Terrible, a dragon with breath of fire hot enough to melt stone.
Friday night, the visiting Silver Creek Dragons of Sellersburg desolated the North Harrison Cougars in a 71-37 rout leaving coach Kevin Jones and his Cougars to pick up the pieces of their team.
‘Our early season schedule isn’t giving us any breaks,’ Jones said. ‘Out of the five toughest teams we play, we have four of them here right in a row before Christmas. We’re learning a new system. We’re trying to find our way and figure things out. It’s not helping us play against teams that are very, very good.’
North Harrison stumbled out of the blocks at the beginning of the contest with two quick turnovers as the Dragons raced to an 8-1 lead. Chandler Jenkins drilled a North Harrison three, but Silver Creek was owning the paint, dumping in six straight to lead 14-4. The deficit didn’t change by the end of the period with the Cougars still down 10, 19-9.
‘Until we figure out we have to play hard all the time, and we don’t have enough talent to where we can do the little things, we’re going to struggle against good teams,’ Jones said.
The Cougars went ice cold to begin the second period, canning just two of their 12 field-goal attempts. Silver Creek, meanwhile, began the quarter with a 10-0 run to lead 29-9. North Harrison made a slight gain midway through the period, but the Dragons finished the half with five points from Gabe Bauer, who pushed the Silver Creek lead to 36-15 at halftime.
Jones said his team wasn’t getting the job done in the paint.
‘We don’t block out,’ Jones said. ‘Every time they got an offensive rebound, they scored. A lot of times that felt like daggers. I thought a couple of times in the first half, if we could have got a rebound and went down and scored on the other end, we could have kept within striking distance. But every time they got an offensive rebound, they scored, we fouled them or they hit a couple of big threes off of rebounds.’
‘We were getting hammered on the boards,’ he said. ‘We’ve got to do the little things. We get layups and we miss them. We get to the free-throw line and we miss free throws. When you don’t go down and defensive rebound and you keep giving a team that’s better than you multiple shots, that’s not going to end well for you.’
Things got worse for the Cougars in the third period as Silver Creek outscored North Harrison 18-9. The final period was only slightly better for the Cougars, who were left with the 71-37 loss.
‘They’re defending sectional champs and had Greensburg on the ropes in the regional last year and got a lot of those kids back,’ Jones said. ‘They’re comfortable with each other, and they know how to play; they know how to win.’
Chandler Jenkins and Jake Book led the Cougars with eight points each. North Harrison canned 14 of 42 field goals (33 percent) and 9 of 18 free throws. The Cougars had 20 turnovers.
‘We’re learning how to play,’ Jones said. ‘We’re getting comfortable with each other. We’re trying not to get down and discouraged because we realize the teams that we’re playing are very good, established teams.’
Gabe Bauer had a big night for the Dragons with 25 points, and Christian Reed finished with 16. Silver Creek put up 60 shots hitting 27 (45 percent) and 12 of 24 free throws. The Dragons had just 11 turnovers.
‘We’ve got to do a better job of competing, especially at home,’ Jones said. ‘We’ve had a pretty rough three days. You play your county rival (Corydon Central) and I thought our intensity and our effort was good on Friday. Then you come back and have two days to prepare for Rock Creek, which was a tough team. Then after that you’ve got two days to prepare for Silver Creek.
‘We’ve got a whole week to get ready for Brownstown. Brownstown’s had our number for quite some time. They’re very good and very well coached. We’ve just got to come back with better effort and be able to do the little things a lot better on Friday.’

Silver Creek 19 17 18 17 ‘ 71
North Harrison 9 6 9 13 ‘ 37
Silver Creek ‘ Tinsley 8, Simmons 3, Eckert 2, Long 6, Baker 5, Steele 4, Bauer 25, King 2, Reed 16
North Harrison ‘ Flock 2, Troxell 2, Jenkins 8, Bishop 3, Eveslage 1, Phelps 4, Arnold 4, Nowak 5, Book 8
3-point goals ‘ Silver Creek 3 (Baker, Bauer 2); North Harrison 2 (Jenkins, Book).