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NEW ALBANY — After making a spirited comeback with a 15-1 advantage in the third quarter, the Columbus East girls basketball team couldn’t hold on late and dropped a 64-60 overtime decision to host New Albany on Saturday.
“We made some adjustments,” East coach Danny Brown said of his squad falling behind by nine at halftime before rallying. “Tanner Marcum scored 14 points on us in the first half and we shut her down with a diamond and one (defense). But (Brittany Knight) hit three 3s for them in the fourth quarter.”
With 12.9 seconds remaining in regulation, East missed two free throws with the score tied. The game then went into overtime and Marcum shot 14 free throws to help the Bulldogs pull away. “It was a game of missed opportunities for us,” Brown said. “We had so many missed baskets, put-backs and lay-ups.”
East lost guards Molly Macy and Courtney Hunter in the overtime when both fouled out.
Forward Allyson Bunch scored 20 points and had 13 rebounds for the Olympians while forward Mikala Lomax scored 18 points. Guard Audrey Wetzel scored 12 points for East.
East fell behind 7-0 in the opening minutes of the game.
“We can’t put together 32 minutes,” Brown said. “We have lapses.”
New Albany is 7-8 overall and 3-2 in the Hoosier Hills Conference. East fell to 7-7 overall and 1-3 in conference action.
Fouls spell doom for Crusaders
Mikah Hemmings fought her way to the line 20 times and finished with 29 points to lead visiting Cannelton past Columbus Christian 52-42 on Saturday night.
The Crusaders fell to 4-9 as they couldn’t overcome Cannelton’s 47-19 advantage at the free throw line.
Rachel Warren led the Crusaders with 13 points while Kassi Alden had 10. Tori Robinson scored eight points, but fouled out.
Eagles hold off Greencastle
NASHVILLE — Brown County built a lead and held on down the stretch for a 49-45 win over Greencastle.
Sasha Robinson led the Eagles (7-5). Whitney Williamson added 16.
Edinburgh pulls away
MORRISTOWN — Maile Cox had 10 points, Kaylie Littiken added 8 and Jennifer Stinson scored 6, but it wasn’t enough for Edinburgh as Morristown pulled away for the 57-31 victory.
Cloe Smith led Morristown with 18 points.
Cannelton falls to Crusaders
In a “track meet” from beginning to end, Columbus Christian had the most speed, and muscle, at the end.
Crusaders center Chris Noblitt scored 17 of his 30 points in the second half and Austin Straub hit 16 of his 26 in the second half as Columbus Christian pulled away from visiting Cannelton 97-87 on Saturday night.
“That’s what they wanted,” Columbus Christian coach Kevin Roth said. “It was a track meet. But we came out and executed better in the third quarter. We were attacking the press and taking it all the way to the rim. In the first half, we were breaking the press, but we would kick it back out and take jump shots.”
Columbus Christian trailed 44-40 at intermission, but dominated in the second half despite a game-high 41 points from Cannelton’s Brandon Cook.
Dalane Shaull scored 18 points for Columbus Christian and was forced to take over at point guard when Nick Bridgewater got into foul trouble. Roth said Bridgewater, who didn’t score, was a huge factor in running the Crusaders’ offense. Josh Miracle also had a big night for Columbus Christian with 19 points.
Giles’ 24 boosts Lancers
EDINBURGH — The Lancers took third place in the Johnson County Tournament with a 62-55 victory over Whiteland behind 24 points from Caleb Giles.
Ryan Burton added 13 points for Edinburgh, which has an 8-2 record. Dakota Sneed and Riley Price each added seven points and Trent Tatlock scored 6. Edinburgh won despite five 3-pointers each from Whiteland’s Kyle Alford and Ethan Wilson.
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