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The Jennings County Panthers have been trying all season to overcome struggling in the second half of games.
On Tuesday evening, they showed signs of improvement.
Jennings County (6-11) used a strong second half to defeat Floyd Central 51-41.
The Panthers went into halftime tied with Floyd Central (9-9) at 19 all. Jennings County came out in third quarter with the intent to not let the game slip away.
“I feel like this is the first time we took over a game we were in,” Panthers coach Carrie Manowitz said. “We took a big step forward tonight in putting games away.”
Jennings County outscored the Highlanders 32-22 in the second half en route to the victory.
“We came together tonight as a team,” said Panther senior guard Kirsten Biggs, who scored 12 points. “Our communication was better. We have a bad habit of letting down in the third quarter. We talked at halftime about keeping up the intensity.”
The Panthers were led by sophomore Baylee Krueger, who scored 13 points and led the team in rebounding. “We’ve been working on finishing games,” Krueger said. “We haven’t been putting teams away all season and tonight we feel like we did a better job.”
Poor shot selection and a lack of intensity has seemingly plagued Jennings County all season in the second half. A lack of experience has kept them from putting away victories when they are within reach.
“We didn’t shoot well in the first half tonight,” Manowitz said. “I told the girls to keep shooting, make better shot selections, and to have a bigger presence with offensive rebounds.”
“We wanted this win tonight,” said junior Emily Ertel, who contributed eight points in the game. “We talked about showing up to play in the third quarter. We took this one tonight.”
Columbus Christian rolls
MARTINSVILLE — Center Chris Noblitt scored 17 points and Dalane Shaull added 16 as Columbus Christian dominated host Martinsville Tabernacle on Tuesday.
“We kind of started off sluggish,” Crusaders coach Kevin Roth said. “But we set some minor goals, such as not wanting to give up offensive rebounds. We did a good job achieving that goal. We also took pretty good care of the basketball.”
Roth also said it was important to get his reserve players minutes and with the game turning into a rout, that was accomplished.
Josh Miracle had 12 points for the Crusaders and Ian Gray added 11 points.
GREENSBURG — The Columbus East boys and girls swimming teams swept host Greensburg on Tuesday. The Olympians won the girls meet 101-78 and the boys meet 125-56.
For the girls, Raegan Bradley led East with a victory in the girls 200 IM with a time of 2:35.89. Isaac Walling picked up a double victory for East in the individual events with a win in the 100 breaststroke (1:10.69) and a victory in the 100 free (51.97. Logan Hudson also recorded a pair of wins in the 500 free (5:59.36) and the 200 free (2:05.17). Jacob Smith won the 100 fly for East in 1:05.72.
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