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BOYS BASKETBALL

Pressure leads to Crusaders win

WASHINGTON — Going to a full-court press in the second half, the Columbus Christian boys basketball team pulled away from host Washington Catholic 62-46 on Saturday.

Delane Shaull scored 20 points for the Crusaders while Nick Bridgewater added 19 points, but it was the 25 turnovers that Columbus Christian forced on defense that turned it around.

“I thought we started off slow,” said Columbus Christian coach Kevin Roth. “But I think that had to do with the long drive. At halftime, we made some adjustments. They packed it in with their zone and we weren’t being patient.

“We went to full court pressure, and that helped us.”

Columbus Christian is 13-1.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Cougars fail Jac-Cen-Del’s test

GREENSBURG — With South Decatur star Julia Miller taking her SAT exam and arriving late, the Cougars figured to get off to a slow start against visiting Jac-Cen-Del in a non-conference girls basketball game on Saturday.

They were right.

Jac-Cen-Del dropped a 20-point first quarter on South Decatur and never looked back in a 65-39 victory.

The Eagles made nine 3-pointers on the day and hit 26 of their 34 free throws. South Decatur, meanwhile, had three players (Miller, Megan Niese and Stacy Fox) foul out and made just 12 of 31 free throws.

“We knew Julia was going to have a hard time after sitting there for four hours taking an exam,” said South Decatur coach Jessica McConnell. “She got there in the first quarter and picked up three quick fouls and that was it. Plus, they hit 3s from everywhere.”

South Decatur dropped to 4-6. “Obviously, our free throws need to get better,” McConnell said. “And our scoring needs to be more spread out.”

Jennings defense keys victory

NORTH VERNON — Jennings County evened its record at 4-4 by cruising to a 56-18 win against visiting Franklin County on Saturday.

Baylee Kruegar led the Panthers with 14 points and Halea Petro added a very efficient 12 points as she went six of seven from the floor.

Shelbi Wright fueled Jennings County’s balanced scoring attack with 11 points and Sidney Gerkin added eight points.

The Panthers’ defense never allowed Franklin County to score more than nine points in a quarter and they built a 26-11 lead at halftime.

Road-weary Crusaders triumph

WASHINGTON — A bit worn from playing Friday night along with a two-hour, 15-minute road trip on Saturday, the Columbus Christian girls basketball team still managed a 50-45 victory over host Washington Catholic.

Crusaders guard Macy Wingham scored 24 points while Rachel Warren added eight and Tori Robinson and Kayleigh Reed both had seven.

“They knew what we had and they were overplaying Macy,” said Columbus Christian coach Ron Bridgewater. “They weren’t going to let her beat us, but Kayleigh and Rachel each hit a 3-pointer in the first quarter and that opened things up for Macy.”

Robinson dominated under the basket and finished with 10 rebounds.

Wingham hit two key free throws in the final 30 seconds after the Crusaders had struggled from the line.

“Macy was solid,” Bridgewater said. “She is such a heads-up player who sees the floor and finishes well.”

Columbus Christian raised its record to 9-4.

Seymour crushes Whiteland

WHITELAND — Before Saturday afternoon’s basketball game at Whiteland, Seymour coach Jason Longmeier said the Owls let the Warriors hang around and win last year’s game, and he didn’t want that to happen again.

The Owls dominated on the Warriors’ court by outscoring the home team in every quarter and rolling to a 58-26 win.

Seymour shot 12 for 23 from 3-point range with sophomore Lindsey Hume leading the way with 5 for 8 from outside the arc for 15 points.

Morgan Ritz, Emilee Pollmann, Maci Lubker and Hume drilled 3-pointers in the first quarter to help the Owls take a 14-6 lead.

Lubker scored 12 points, while Pollmann had a game-high 10 rebounds to help the Owls to a 29-18 advantage in that department.

Whiteland (1-8) only made one field goal in the first and third quarters and shot 7 for 42 for the game.

WRESTLING

Panthers place 2nd in Classic

JEFFERSONVILLE — Bolstered by individual championships won by 220-pounder Colton Castetter and 182-pounder Peyton Shepherd, the Jennings County wrestling team finished second in the team standings at the Jeffersonville Classic on Saturday.

Castetter and Shepherd both went 4-0 to earn titles. Ethan Herrin took third in the 145-pound class for the Panthers while J.T. Gilliam was third at 170.

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