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NASHVILLE — The Brown County girls basketball team is on a mission to gain control of the Western Indiana Conference.
The Eagles gained momentum for their season, as they handily defeated Eastern Greene 56-32 Tuesday night in a non-conference game.
Brown County was led by 6-foot junior Whitney Williamson, who dominated the rebounding and scored 19 points. Williamson was seemingly involved in every play on the floor, adding three blocked shots to her performance.
“Whitney helps solidify us,” Brown County coach Mike Harmon said. “She makes plays. Her and Sasha (Robinson) pick up loose balls and get rebounds and putbacks. They’re our pillars under the basket.”
The 6-foot Robinson, the lone senior on the Eagle roster, added 10 points and played aggressive defense that led to several points off of turnovers.
Brown County point guard Rebecca Wedan scored four points, but the junior’s primary contribution was setting up the offense and helping to get the ball into Williamson’s and Robinson’s hands. She was aided by 5-8 sophomore guard Tanner Chapman, who scored six points and helped Wedan run the offense.
Junior Sarah Southerland also contributed 10 points to Brown County’s victory.
This was an important win for the Eagles as they go into Saturday’s game against conference rival Sullivan.
“We were able to beat Edgewood, and a victory Saturday would give us a tie for the conference lead,” Harmon said. “This game was a big task for us, and it gave us important momentum and confidence going into Saturday’s key game.”
Owls topple Panthers
SEYMOUR — Jennings County cut a 28-point third-quarter deficit to seven late in the game, but Seymour held on for a 56-43 Hoosier Hills Conference win.
Despite the furious rally, the Panthers (4-3, 1-1) got off to slow starts in both halves. They fell behind 16-0 and scored their only points of the first quarter on a layup by Emily Ertel with six seconds remaining. Seymour scored the first six points of the second half.
“We’ve had slow starts, but not to that extent,” Panthers coach Carrie Manowitz said. “You can’t have a slow start with anyone in our conference. Anyone can win on any night, for the most part, and you’ve got to come from the tip ready to play, and they just didn’t. That’s all there is to it. There’s no excuses. They weren’t ready.”
Sidney Carr’s third basket of the second quarter off of a Panther turnover at 2:53 made it 26-5 and forced Manowitz to call a timeout. Logan Personett scored four of the Owls’ final five points of the half, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer that she launched from several feet past the line to make it 31-10 at halftime.
In a span of 1:20 midway through the third quarter, Jennings County went on a 7-0 run to make it 38-17. The Panthers outscored the Owls 13-11 in the quarter.
After not scoring and combining for only one shot attempt in the first half, Jennings County’s Baylee Krueger and Emma Campbell sparked their team in the second half. Campbell knocked down three 3s, converted a three-point play, had a putback and made a free throw. Krueger buried a 3, two 2-point field goals and a free throw.
Only one other teammate, though, scored in the final quarter.
“Once they do have intensity, we can be good. We do a lot of good things,” Manowitz said. “They can’t show it in the middle of the game with anybody on our schedule. If anything, I hope they learned that lesson tonight.”
Personett finished with a team-high 16 points. Carr finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Brianna Gillaspy added 10 points.
Braves too much for Jets
TRAFALGAR — Freshman Candace Danz hit 11 of 13 field-goal attempts, including three 3-pointers for 25 points, nearly matching Ally Lehman’s game-high 28, as Indian Creek rolled to a 71-22 Mid-Hoosier Conference win against Hauser.
While Danz and Lehman combined for 53 of the Braves’ 71 points, Indian Creek’s team defense gave the Jets the biggest fits. The Braves played an aggressive, trapping man-to-man defense that helped force 22 turnovers and created lots of fast-break opportunities. That helped Indian Creek shoot nearly 66 percent (31 of 47) from the floor. Hauser, meanwhile, labored through a 9-of-46 shooting night (19.6 percent).
Hauser (2-5, 0-2) started two freshmen (Leslie Sims and Paige Miller) and a sophomore (Ellie Trotter). Sims led the Jets with seven points, while Miller added six.
South Ripley upends Cougars
VERSAILLES — South Ripley jumped out to an 11-point lead after one quarter and went on to down South Decatur 51-40.
Julia Miller led the Cougars (2-7) with 20 points.
Seymour routs Scottsburg
SEYMOUR — At the start of Tuesday’s match with Scottsburg, the Seymour wrestlers received five forfeit wins. In the other nine matches, however, the Owls had opponents, and they won seven of those to claim a 64-12 win.
Levi Hill captured the first win for the Owls by pinning Isaac Hunefeld in 1:52 at 126. The Warriors won the 132 weight class, but the Owls’ Zefe Trejo at 138 pinned his opponent in 1:03.
Matthew Ruddick had one takedown in the first period, and then had one near fall and three takedowns in the second period of his 145 match, which he won in 2:53. Marcus Baurle needed only 52 seconds to pin Eli Hunefeld at 160, and Richard Rohde had the only decision of the night, defeating Zac Bacon 10-2 at 170.
During the heavyweight match, senior Adam Wolka had a takedown against Kolby Mount, but Mount recovered and took Wolka down. After a few seconds, Wolka got his man back down and earned the pin in 1:14.
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