After suffering three straight losses, the Jennings County basketball team knew it had to make some changes.
So on Friday against visiting Scottsburg, the Panthers went with a quicker tempo. The result was a 74-57 victory against the Warriors, who dropped to 5-7.
Jennings County raised its record to 7-6.
The Panthers started the game with an 8-0 run and never trailed en route to the victory.
In going with an up-tempo attack, Jennings County coach Joe Hartwell used his bench often, rotating fresh players into the lineup.
“One thing we’ve battled all year is to keep the pace up,” Hartwell said. “The thing I am most proud of tonight is how we kept our energy up and didn’t let down, which is something we’ve done recently late in games.”
Following their double overtime loss to Bedford North-Lawrence in their previous game, Jennings County was focused on taking control of the game early and not losing that intensity.
Even with Scottsburg outscoring the Panthers in the fourth quarter, Jennings County stayed focused and didn’t let the game slip away.
“It’s key that we control the tempo of the game,” said Jennings County senior Adrian Kirchner, who lead his team with 20 points. “We have a deep bench and those guys are a big part of our team. They come in and give us big minutes.”
From the beginning, Scottsburg tried to play aggressively using a pressure defense to hound the Panthers. Jennings County was able to transition well, though, and Scottsburg found it hard to recover. Jennings County spread out the Warriors defense and eventually started finding the defense out of position for easy baskets. Jennings County started to work the ball inside out with success.
“If we can play strong on the inside, it helps to open up our guys on the outside,” said center Brad Hunt, who scored 16 points. “Once the outside game starts, they have to stretch the defense and it opens up the inside again and hopefully keeps the cycle going.”
Other scorers for Jennings County included Johnny Scruggs with 11 and Tyler Vogel with 9 points.