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Olympians pull away for win
FLOYDS KNOBS — After watching an 11-point halftime lead slip to four heading into the fourth quarter, the Columbus East boys basketball team got back to the basics of blocking out on rebounds.
The Olympians then pulled away in the final period for a 55-44 Hoosier Hills Conference win at Floyd Central.
“We kind of lost our focus and let them back in it a little bit,” East assistant coach Mark Meier said. “Once we started blocking out and rebounding, they started fouling us, and we hit our free throws. Tonight was physical, so it was a tough test for us. The kids responded well.”
Connor Umphress recorded 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Bryce Lienhoop added 17 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Olympians (3-0, 2-0).
The win was the second in as many nights for East, which had won at Bedford North Lawrence on Friday night.
“We were very happy to go on the road twice and get two conference victories,” Meier said.
Columbus Christian rolls on road
BROWNSBURG — With host Bethesda Christian packing its defense into the paint, Columbus Christian’s Josh Miracle hit five 3-pointers and scored 27 points to lead the Crusaders to a 65-47 victory.
The game was close through three quarters until Columbus Christian used a half-court trap defense to force Bethesda into several turnovers. The Crusaders outscored the host team 18-4 in the final quarter.
“They did a good job packing it in,” Columbus Christian coach Kevin Roth said. “They were a good defensive team and real physical. But Josh got us going with the 3-pointers and they didn’t do well with our half-court trap.”
Dalane Shaull had 12 points and Austin Straub scored 10 points for Columbus Christian, which is 11-1.
Cubs pull away from Jets
HOPE — Class A Hauser led 4A Franklin by one point at halftime, but was outscored 27-3 in the third quarter and suffered a 75-43 loss.
“We rebounded well and executed well at both ends of the floor and felt good about having a one-point lead against a good team, but the third quarter was our demise,” Hauser coach Bob Nobbe said. “They had a 3-2 zone going, and we handled it pretty well in the first half, but we had more turnovers in the second half.”
Mason Ramsey led the Jets (3-3) with 15 points.
“I was pleased with our first half effort,” Nobbe said. “Our execution was a lot better, and our rebounding was a lot better. Mason Ramsey had a strong game.”
Panthers fall to Dragons
NORTH VERNON — Jennings County was tied with New Palestine at halftime, but the Dragons went on to claim a 61-54 win.
Dan Leach led the Panthers (2-1) with 25 points. Adrian Kirchner added 15.
Brown County struggles
GREENWOOD — Brown County got off to a slow start, scoring just two points in the first quarter and 11 in the first half, in dropped a 66-25 decision to host Greenwood.
The Eagles also struggled at the free throw line, hitting just 7 of 20 shots. Evan Rose led Brown County with 12 points while Luke Hulls added 8.
Brown County dropped to 0-3.
South Ripley downs Cougars
VERSAILLES — South Decatur was within three points in the second quarter, but South Decatur pushed the lead to 15 at halftime and went on to claim a 76-46 win.
Taylor Kopplin led the Cougars (1-4) with 15 points. Devin Taylor added 10.
Trinity tops Jac-Cen-Del
SEYMOUR — Trinity Lutheran put five players in double figures in picking up a 76-65 win over Jac-Cen-Del.
Craig Stuckwisch led the Cougars (2-2) with 20 points. Daniel Horton added 19, while Luke Stuckwisch scored 11 and Craig Stuckwisch and Jacob Schult each had 10.
Panthers notch HHC win
NORTH VERNON — Jennings picked up its first Hoosier Hills Conference win of the season, a 65-54 decision against New Albany.
Baylee Krueger led the Panthers (3-3, 1-2) with 19 points. Shelbi Wright added 12.
Seymour comeback falls short
SEYMOUR — Seymour cut a 15-point deficit to two, but Class 3A No. 6 Madison held on for a 59-54 Hoosier Hills Conference win.
Fee finished with 15 points and nine rebounds to lead the Owls (6-2, 1-1).
Owls sweep own invitational
SEYMOUR — Seymour’s boys and girls each went 5-0 to capture the Seymour “S” Invitational.
The Owl boys downed Salem 139-36, Scottsburgh 128-48, Silver Creek 132-35, Southwestern (Hanover 124-54 and Switzerland County 144-17. The Seymour girls beat Salem 126-51, Scottsburg 131-46, Silver Creek 146-15, Southwestern 129-54 and Switzerland County 144-17.
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