SEYMOUR — With 5:25 left in the fourth quarter Friday night, Seymour’s Jacob Moore drained his fifth 3-pointer of the night to give the host team a 41-36 lead against Floyd Central.
During a nine-second span, however, the Highlanders’ Drew Hussung hit a 3-pointer and converted a three-point play to give them the 42-41 lead. Seymour’s Zak Lucas hit a free throw to tie the game, but the Highlanders scored the next four points to take the lead for good and returned home with a 50-49 Hoosier Hills Conference win.
“We certainly scrapped, and Jacob had the best game of his career without a doubt,” Seymour coach Scott Miller said. “We clawed back down eight or nine three separate times, had a lead and when we got the lead, we got a little sloppy with the ball and gave it back to them.
“They made their free throws, and even then we cut it to a one-possession game, executed the out-of-bounds play well and had Zak a nice look on the wing and we thought the ball was going to fall, but unfortunately, it didn’t.”
With the Highlanders leading 48-44, Landon Booth hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 8.3 seconds left to cut the deficit to one. Jackson Logsdon then hit two free throws to go up by three. Lucas shot a 3-pointer from the left wing, but Chase Salmon was there for the offensive rebound and bucket, but the Owls fell one point short.
Moore finished with 15 points, and his baskets came at crucial times throughout the game.
“Huge shots and the best game he has ever had,” Miller said. “He was very instrumental in getting us back in the game.”
Floyd Central jumped out to a 10-2 lead in the first quarter, but Moore hit his first 3-pointer, Salmon had a basket and Moore drained another 3 to tie the game at 12. Hussung then hit a runner in the lane for the Highlanders to give them the 14-12 first-quarter lead.
Floyd Central outscored Seymour (1-14, 0-6) 10-7 in the second quarter for the 24-19 halftime lead.
The Highlanders then increased their lead to 32-22. Zach Schlatterer scored his first basket of the night, and then Salmon hit a layup, and just as the ball went in, a Floyd Central player hit the backboard and was whistled for a technical foul. Booth hit one free throw and Moore hit another 3 to make it a two-point game.
With 2:58 left in the quarter, Salmon made a layup for a 32-all tie. After Floyd Central scored, Schlatterer closed out the quarter with four straight points for a 36-34 lead.
“(The Highlanders) played well down the stretch, got to the line and made their free throws,” Miller said. “It would have been nice to have scored on that next possession. We didn’t, and a couple of key points late in the game where we had a chance to score and it didn’t go that way, but even with 15 seconds, it looks like we are out of it, we had a chance, but the shot didn’t go in.
“We are very disappointed about tonight for these kids on how hard they battled to come up that short. I am very proud of their effort tonight.”
Seymour outrebounded Floyd Central 21-16 as Salmon had 10 to go with his 16 points for a double-double.
Logsdon tallied a game-high 20 points, while Colton Kimm and Hussung each had 12. Floyd Central moved to 4-12 overall and 1-5 in the HHC.
Yellow Jackets top Lancers
EDINBURGH — Edinburgh lost an emotional game to Mid-Hoosier Conference rival Morristown 55-52. After leading for most of the game, poor shot selection late proved to be costly for the Lancers.
“They made more plays at the end than we did,” Edinburgh coach Drew Glentzer said. “I tip my hat to them tonight.”
With 1:15 left in the final quarter, Morristown’s Kyler Brewer hit a lay-up to put the Yellow Jackets ahead 51-48. Edinburgh’s Caleb Giles was fouled on the Lancers’ next possession and hit both of his free throws, pulling them within 51-50 with 29.1 seconds remaining.
Both teams fouled on the next in-bounds possession, and both teams went 2 for 2 on their free throws to leave Edinburgh trailing 53-52.
But with 8.4 seconds left, it was Morristown which had the last chance at the free throw line, hitting both foul shots to take a 55-52 lead.
They held on for the victory when Edinburgh (10-3) missed a desperation 3-pointer.
“We shot 30 percent tonight and then had our defense break down late,” Glentzer said. “Hopefully, we learn from this tonight.”
Edinburgh used a 7-0 run in the first quarter to give them a 11-7 lead. Morristown (9-5) inched closer during the next two periods to cut the Edinburgh lead to 39-37 at the end of the third quarter.
The final period saw the teams trade the lead several times with Morristown holding on at the end for the victory.
“I’m glad we have a game (today),” Glentzer said. “We should have a bad taste in our mouth after tonight. If there is such thing as a good loss, this is it. Effort wise we looked good tonight. Unfortunately, our defense couldn’t hold the game tonight.”
The Lancers were led by senior guard Caleb Giles, who scored 14 points. Morristown was led by Brewer, who scored 23 points.
Cougars fall to 5-10
CROTHERSVILLE — Host Crothersville opened up a 12-7 lead after the first quarter Friday against Trinity Lutheran, and the Tigers led all the way for a 57-50 win.
Tigers coach Greg Kilgore was pleased with his team’s start, while Cougars coach Aaron Rudzinski said his team was not mentally prepared for the start of the game.
“Crothersville played a great game,” Rudzinski said. “I think they wanted it way more than we did, and they were ready to play, and we weren’t.”
Kilgore saw the Tigers get off to slow starts in both games last weekend, and he said he was glad to see Brian Money and Grayson Barnes each score two baskets in the opening quarter to spark the Tigers to their early lead. “You’ve got to get off to good starts, I’ve been telling the kids,” Kilgore said. “There’s been games where we’ve had two- and four-point first quarters and let the other team get out. You’ve got to start basketball games ready to play from the start because it’s hard to battle uphill all night. That is kind of where Trinity was at, I felt.”
Gene Hodge scored eight points in the second quarter to help the Tigers build a 30-21 lead at the break
“They had a hard time staying in front of Gene, and Brian a couple times,” Kilgore said. “I looked at our shot chart at halftime, and we hadn’t made many jumpers.
In the second half, they packed it back in, and I told our assistants that at some time, we were going to have to hit some jumpers since we had scored a lot in the lane, and they did.
(Jacob) Davidson came out and knocked a couple big ones down in the third quarter.”
The Cougars were 1 for 17 in 3-point shooting.
Panthers down Scottsburg
Brad Hunt and Bailey Sanders each scored 20 points to lead Jennings County to a 69-54 win at Scottsburg.
Hunt also grabbed 10 rebounds for the Panthers (11-5).