His boys basketball team had just beaten Christel House Academy 84-70, but Columbus Christian coach Kevin Roth knows that the bigger games are coming in a hurry.
With that in mind, Roth wasn’t entirely happy with the 14-point victory against the visitors, who the Crusaders had crushed earlier this season.
“Last time we beat them by 32,” Roth said. “I think that did have something to do with how we played. We came in thinking it would be an easy game.”
Columbus Christian had a 38-26 lead by halftime and a 61-47 lead going into the fourth quarter, so the game never was in doubt. Even so, Roth said his players were sluggish on offense. “I didn’t feel we were clicking on all cylinders,” he said.
Fortunately for Columbus Christian, center Chris Noblitt and point guard Dalane Shaull each had big games with 20 points each.
Josh Miracle added 14 points for the Crusaders, and Austin Straub scored 12.
Although Roth wasn’t completely satisfied, he said his team did accomplish some goals.
“The last time we played them, we had 29 turnovers,” Roth said. “We ended up with nine this time. We did a good job there. We also made the extra pass. They played a 2-3 zone, and we were able to get them out of position.”
Many of Shaull’s baskets were on drives down the lane.
Columbus Christian also pounded Christel Academy with 21 offensive rebounds.
“That’s one thing we have been talking about, getting more offensive rebounds,” Roth said.
“We did a real good job there.”
Noblitt led the way with 10 rebounds, while Miracle had eight rebounds and Shaull added six.
One area where the Crusaders struggled was at the free-throw line. The team shot just 22 of 42. “If we would have converted our free throws, it would have been a 20-something point game,” Roth said.
Roth also said his team struggled a bit defensively, allowing too much penetration.
The Crusaders will have to get it all together quickly as they face Traders Point Christian, which beat them in the state title game a year ago.
Roth is hoping that his team is full strength for that game.
“We got through the flu bug this week,” he said. “Dalane was out a couple of days. And we also didn’t have (regular point guard) Nick Bridgewater.”
Brown County falls in OT
ELLETTSVILLE — Visiting Brown County let its lead slip away in the third quarter and couldn’t quite hold off Edgewood in a 52-50 overtime loss Friday.
“We played fine, but it was another close game,” said Brown County coach Roger Fleetwood. “We’re playing well, we just have to find a way to win. This is the best 3-12 team I’ve seen. If you would turn around six possessions, we would be 8-7.”
Steven Norman scored 18 points for the Eagles, while Tony Goral and Brayden Cosby each had 11. “I don’t know that there was a player of the game for us,” Fleetwood said. “I would say that everybody played well at some point.”
The Eagles dropped to 1-5 in conference play. Edgewood raised its record to 8-8 and 3-3.
Madison overcomes Seymour
MADISON — A late run by Madison in Friday’s Hoosier Hills Conference game sunk Seymour, and the host Cubs won 68-56.
Landon Booth sparked Seymour early, scoring 10 of the team’s 11 first-quarter points. He finished with a season- and game-high 26 points, including five 3-pointers.
Chase Salmon later pulled the Owls within 31-29, but Madison responded with 10 straight points and Seymour had four turnovers.
Lancers come up short
EDINBURGH — Edinburgh’s girls basketball team jumped out to a quick nine-point lead against visiting Lutheran on Friday night, but the Lancers couldn’t hold on.
The Class A Saints outscored host Edinburgh 19-5 in the second quarter en route to a 60-52 victory against the Class A Lancers on senior night.
Edinburgh trailed by 11 points early in the fourth quarter before pulling within four at 52-48 with 3:25 remaining in the game. But the Lancers came no closer.
Lutheran junior forward Casey Koons led all scorers with 18 points.
Senior guard Jonni Nowakoski added 16 points and seven rebounds, and junior guard Kylie Barnes scored 13 points and grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds for the Saints.
Edinburgh’s three seniors led the way.
Point guard Maile Cox scored a team-high 15 points, and guards Autumne Burton and Jennifer Stinson chipped in 12 points each.