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Blackhawks overpower Rebels

Blackhawks overpower Rebels
Blackhawks overpower Rebels
Photo by Brandon Miniard. South Central junior guard Kole Stewart holds the ball while running a half-court set during the Rebels’ 73-47 loss to Springs Valley on Saturday.
By Brandon Miniard, Sports Writer, [email protected]

As the postseason approaches, the South Central Rebels are beginning to stumble toward the end of the regular season.

Following a 59-27 victory over rival Crothersville on Feb. 2, the Rebels followed that by losing four of their next five ballgames, their only victory in that span coming on Feb. 12 in a 66-23 win over Cannelton. The tail end of this skid began during the past week with a close 58-52 loss at Charlestown last Tuesday followed by a 74-49 loss to rival New Washington on Friday.

Looking to salvage the week, the Rebels hit the road to French Lick to take on Springs Valley on Saturday afternoon. Those hopes were quickly dashed as the Blackhawks’ early first-quarter assault powered them to a 73-47 victory.

The Blackhawks’ first quarter saw more offense than the Rebels produced in the first half as they notched 27 points, led by 10 points from Kannon Chase, followed by six from Robin Dixon, a pair of threes from Carter Crews, a triple from Mason Chaplin and two free throws from Deion Edwards.

The Rebels could only answer with eight points, coming off four points from sophomore guard Christian Kiper and a triple and freebie from junior guard Ty Jones, making for an early deficit, 27-8.

Offensively, the Rebels improved in the second quarter, thanks to seven points from Kiper, five points from freshman guard Cole Thomas, a bucket from Jones and a free throw from junior guard Kole Stewart. Dixon led the way for the Blackhawks in the frame with seven points amid two more Crews triples, four points from Edwards, a bucket from Conner Grimes and two free throws from Jahiem Hamilton before flying into the locker room with a 48-23 edge.

While the offense wasn’t as explosive to begin the second half, the Blackhawks kept their foot on the gas pedal in the third quarter with four points from Grimes, Crews’ fifth long ball of the contest and buckets from Chase, Dixon and Edwards. Jones led the Rebels in the period with five points, followed by a triple and freebie from Kiper and buckets from Thomas and sophomore forward Ethan Hedden, resulting in a 61-36 Blackhawks’ advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

Amid buckets from Hedden and freshman Wyatt Johnson, the remainder of the Rebels’ offense came at the foul line as Kiper, Jones and Stewart shot a combined 7 for 8 on free throws. The Blackhawks kept their distance, courtesy of six points from Larron Childers and buckets from Mavric Land and Latravous Weaver to finish off a 73-47 final.

Crews and Dixon led the way for the Blackhawks with 15 points apiece followed by Chase’s 12. Kiper led all scorers with 18, while Jones chipped in 13.

With the Indiana High School Athletic Association sectional taking place next week, the Rebels hoped to salvage the regular season in its final week, starting when the Rebels hosted county rival Corydon Central yesterday (Tuesday) followed by hosting Eastern (Pekin) for their home finale on Friday.

After dealing with the Musketeers, the Rebels will wait a week before heading to Borden for postseason play, thanks to drawing one of the two byes in sectional 61. That allows the Rebels to rest before confronting either Christian Academy of Indiana or arch rival Lanesville in the semi finals next Friday.

South Central 8 15 13 11 – 47
Springs Valley 27 21 15 10 – 73
South Central – Kiper 18, Jones 13, Thomas 7, Hedden 4, Stewart 3, Johnson 2.
Springs Valley – Crews 15, Dixon 15, Chase 12, Edwards 8, Childers 6, Grimes 6, Chaplin 5, Hamilton 2, Land 2, Weaver 2.
3-point goals – South Central 4 (Jones 2, Kiper 1, Thomas 1); Springs Valley 6 (Crews 5, Chaplin 1).