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Columbus East 82, South Dearborn 13 (Final score).

Olympians can't hang on against Cougars


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BLOOMINGTON — Columbus East led by eight points at halftime Saturday night, but host Bloomington North rallied in the second half for a 67-57 victory.

The Olympians fell behind 12-4 midway through the first quarter, but came back to take a 39-31 lead at halftime.

“We didn’t play well (in a win over East Central Friday) night,” East coach Brent Chitty said. “I thought we played better in the first half tonight. We’ve been platooning guys, and that second five had a lot of energy and got us right back into the game and set the tone for us.”

East still led 51-49 after three quarters, but committed eight turnovers in the final period.

Bryce Lienhoop scored 15 points to lead the Olympians (9-3). Connor Jensen and Ridge Harris each added nine.

“We’re just not shooting the ball well right now,” Chitty said. “We know we have some kids that can really shoot it, so we just have to work through it. We’re going through a slump right now. We had some good shot selection. We just have to get them to go down.”

Crusaders drop heartbreaker

Herron scored the go-ahead basket with four seconds remaining, and Columbus Christian missed two shots just before the buzzer in a 74-73 loss.

Dalane Shaull and Josh Miracle each scored 20 points to lead the Crusaders (17-7), and Chris Noblitt added 19 to go over the 1,000-point mark for his career. Austin Straub had 13 points.

Girls basketball

Panthers rout 2A No. 6 Austin

NORTH VERNON — Jennings County jumped out to a 26-9 halftime lead and went on to claim a 51-25 upset of Class 2A No. 6 Austin.

Baylee Krueger led the Panthers (7-11) with 15 points. Kirsten Biggs added eight.

Eagles roll over SV

NASHVILLE — Brown County built a 44-9 lead after three quarters and went on to post a 51-25 Western Indiana Conference rout of South Vermillion.

Sasha Robinson led the Eagles (10-7, 3-3) with 16 points. Whitney Williamson added nine.

Crusaders fall to Herron

Columbus Christian bounced back from Friday’s 45-point loss to Bloomington Lighthouse by giving Herron a game in a 43-32 loss.

“We were maybe expecting to get it handed to us,” Columbus Christian coach Ron Bridgewater said. “On paper, we should have never been in the ballgame. We went out and played maybe our best game of the year.”

Tori Robinson led the Crusaders (6-13) with 16 points.

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