The South Decatur Cougars feel like they have a curse.
“The third quarter is our nemesis,” South Decatur coach Amy Macy said following her team’s 57-47 Mid-Hoosier Conference loss to Morristown on Thursday night. “It has been all season.”
The Cougars (3-9, 0-4) started strong, outscoring the Yellow Jackets (3-3, 2-1) 17-10 in the first quarter. South Decatur junior Ashley Johannigman and sophomore Megan Niese each contributed six points. Morristown began to turn the game around and showed signs of a comeback, outscoring the Cougars 8-6 in the second quarter.
The Yellow Jackets outscored South Decatur 25-11 during the third quarter. The Cougars held a 23-18 lead at halftime before letting the game slip away.
“We’re always nervous coming into the third quarter,” South Decatur junior Julia Miller said. “We never know what to expect.”
The third quarter began with a 3-pointer by sophomore Michaela Kikendall, which set the tone for the quarter. The Yellow Jackets outscored South Decatur 15-2 in the last three minutes of the quarter to build a nine-point lead at the end of the period.
Morristown went on to hit 8 of 10 free throws in the closing minutes of the game to hold onto its lead.
“We were simply outhustled,” Macy said. “We watched too many balls fall in and gave up second and third looks. You can’t win basketball games that way.”
The Cougars were led by Miller with 15 points and Niese with 12 points.
“We were a step slow,” Macy said. “We need more people to step up. The bench has to contribute.”
Southwestern tops Lancers
SHELBYVILLE — Southwestern (Shelby) had little trouble with visiting Edinburgh as the Spartans put three of their top players in double figures in posting a 68-52 victory in girls basketball Thursday night.
The Spartans got out of the gate in a hurry thanks to the inside play of center Oda Shackleford.
The 6-foot-1 junior dominated the paint and by game’s end finished with a game-high 18 points and 15 rebounds. Shackleford picked up her third personal foul with 2:37 left in the second period but still managed to score 10 points in the first half.
Edinburgh senior guard Autumne Burton topped the Lancers with 12 points, including two 3-pointers. Senior forward Jennifer Stinson scored 10 points to go with 14 rebounds.
Crusaders drop heartbreaker
Columbus Christian was defeated by Crosspointe Christian 66-64 on Tuesday night in a game that came down to the final buzzer.
With Crosspointe Christian shooting 63 percent from the field, Columbus Christian had its hands full. The Crusaders found that their free-throw shooting had a significant effect on the outcome, shooting 12 of 20 from the line.
Chris Noblitt led Columbus Christian with 27 points, followed by Josh Miracle with 14 and Austin Straub with 10. Delane Shaull added eight points for the Crusaders, while Nick Bridgewater had five.
The Crusaders (9-2) will travel to Bloomington Lighthouse Christian tonight.
Panthers, Owls split meet
SEYMOUR — Jennings County’s boys downed Seymour 108-77, while the Owls girls knocked off the Panthers 119-66.
After the Seymour girls and boys won the opening 200 medley relay Thursday, the Owls’ Mallory Stuckwisch placed first in the girls 200 freestyle, setting the tone for the rest of that meet.
The Seymour girls then went on a 4-0 run, with wins coming from Alex Hawkins (200 individual medley), Sidney Stout (50 freestyle), Maggie Tidd (100 butterfly) and Allison Hayes (100 freestyle).
The Panthers won the girls 500 freestyle, and then the Owls won the 200 free relay. Hawkins took the 100 backstroke. Alexis Anders captured the top spot in the 100 breaststroke, and they closed the night by winning the 400 freestyle relay.
In the boys meet, Jennings County won two of the three relays. Seymour won the 200 medley relay 1:45.10 to 1:45.48 to open the meet, and the Panthers won the 200 freestyle 1:38.60 to 1:38.71.
The Seymour boys had three individual wins. Sam Montgomery out-touched his Jennings County opponent 23.64 to 23.86 in the 50 freestyle, Ethan Blacklidge finished strong in the 100 butterfly and Chris Robinson won in diving.