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Olympians take charge with aggressive defense

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SHELBYVILLE — When Columbus East fell behind Shelbyville by 10 points midway through the second quarter Thursday night, coach Danny Brown called a timeout and had a few pointed words for the Olympians.

East got the message.

The Olympians outscored the Golden Bears 33-5 over the next 13½ minutes to rally for a 49-35 victory.

“He got in our faces,” said freshman Audrey Wetzel, who led East with 15 points and 10 rebounds. “I’ve never seen him yell that loud. He asked what was wrong with us, and he told us ‘This is not going to be handed to us,’ and we needed to start playing. After that, we came out, and we played our basketball.”

Shelbyville (1-7) had used a 15-0 run to take a 17-7 lead with 5½ minutes left in the first quarter.

After the timeout, the Olympians (5-1) outscored the Golden Bears 8-2 the rest of the half to cut the deficit to 19-15.

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“We started out slow because I think a lot of us thought that we were going to get the game handed to us because a team that we beat (East Central) beat them by 60,” Wetzel said. “Then, we realized we had to come and play, and we stepped it up and we came back.”

East took complete control in the third quarter, when it forced 17 turnovers and outscored Shelbyville 25-3.

“We played Columbus East basketball in the third quarter,” Brown said. “The other three quarters, we didn’t. I don’t know who that was. It wasn’t the team that played the first five games of the season.

“We didn’t come in focused ready to play,” he said. “They outplayed us, they hustled more than we did, they got every rebound, every loose ball, and the third quarter, we turned it around. We got their attention at halftime, and I was really proud of the way we played in the third quarter because that’s the way we should be playing.”

Brown said it was the Olympians’ best quarter of the season.

“I’d say it probably is, and the other three were probably our worst,” Brown said.

Molly Macy added 12 points for East. Courtney Hunter had five assists and five steals.

The Olympians overcame 26 turnovers by forcing 34 Shelbyville miscues. “Our press really worked,” Wetzel said. “We came at them hard.”

“It was good enough tonight,” Brown said. “Playing eight minutes is not going to be good enough for anybody else on the rest of our schedule. We can’t play eight minutes and expect to beat anybody, especially on the road at Jeffersonville Saturday or Bloomington North next Tuesday. We have to play 32 minutes.”

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