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SCOTTSBURG — Seymour seniors Brianna Gillaspy and Sidney Carr were all smiles after Saturday afternoon’s hard-fought 68-62 victory against a quality Scottsburg girls basketball team.
Gillaspy knocked down five 3-pointers in the game, including three in the fourth quarter, and finished with 18 points, while Carr was unstoppable in the post and racked up a game-high 20 points for 10-of-10 shooting.
Carr had six of those field goals in the first half, and she took advantage of every opportunity. She helped the Owls take leads of 22-10 through one quarter and 34-26 at halftime.
“(Coach Jason Longmeier) said they were going to be a little bit spread out and that if we just pass and be patient, we would get the open shots when we wanted them,” Carr said. “I was just really shocked we were that open that many times. I figured they would have switched their defense up, but they played mostly zone the whole time. When we’re patient and just keep the passing and rotation going, we get our post open.”
Gillaspy, a senior who missed the first six games of the season to recover from an injury, had her best game of the season. The fourth-quarter 3s were big.
“Oh my gosh, it felt awesome,” Gillaspy said. “I was feeling so good today, and me knee has been really good lately, so it was awesome to come out and have a good game.”
The Owls hit nine 3-pointers in the game. Paxton DeHaven and Morgan Ritz each had one in the first quarter, and Abby Thompson hit one in the third quarter, was fouled in the process and completed a four-point play for a 53-43 lead at 1:16.
“We were expecting their 2-3 zone, so we kind of knew what was coming, and we worked on that in practice, and we knew we were going to have a lot of openings,” Gillaspy said. “We had a little trouble hitting a few in the third quarter, but we picked it up and hit some shots.”
The Owls have lost leads in the fourth quarter of a few games this season and couldn’t recover. This time, Longmeier was relieved to see his team pull through.
“The difference in today and (Columbus) East and North Harrison was where the ball was in the fourth quarter,” Longmeier said. “We got the ball in the hands of the right people. We executed. (The Warriorettes) made their run, but we stayed strong as a group, and we got what we wanted in the last five minutes of the game.”
But with Donna Cheatham at the helm, you could expect the Warriorettes to fight to the end. After Carr’s basket for a 34-21 lead with a minute to go in the first half, Scottsburg forced two turnovers and scored the final five points to pull within eight at halftime.
Jillian Romero, who drew her third foul in the first quarter and didn’t score in the first half, knocked down her first of three 3s to open the second half to pull within five. A flurry of Warriorette turnovers combined with four baskets by Carr and 3s by Gillaspy and Thompson helped Seymour take a 53-47 lead into the fourth quarter.
Scottsburg then scored the first five points and Seymour had two turnovers to open the fourth, but Gillaspy responded with back-to-back 3s to help keep the Owls in front.
On the day, the Owls had 25 assists on 26 field goals. Taylor Gossett, another Seymour post player, finished with 13 points and a team-high seven rebounds.
Four Scottsburg starters scored in double figures, and Ashley Elliott led the way with 18 points. She also had a game-high nine rebounds.
“Our bigs were awesome not only offensively, but what they are not going to get as much credit for is what they did defensively against (Katie) Wampler, who arguably is one of the best bigs in the area,” Longmeier said of the Warriorettes’ sole senior, who scored 14 points. “We kept her in check, and if she didn’t get some at the free-throw line, she’s probably sitting under single digits.”
The Owls improved to 8-11 and on Thursday will play host to New Albany for a Hoosier Hills Conference game.
Brown County rally falls short
NASHVILLE — Brown County struggled through three quarters offensively before finally hitting its stride in the fourth quarter against visiting Brownstown.
It was too late for the Eagles, who dropped a 41-39 decision.
“We picked up our full-court man-to-man pressure and pressed all over the place,” Brown County coach Mike Harmon said. “They kind of hit the panic button.”
But the Eagles (7-7) couldn’t hit on a couple of last minute shots that could have gotten them over the top.
“We struggled scoring the ball,” Harmon said, whose top scorer was Rebecca Wedan with 16. Sasha Robinson had nine points.
“I was proud of the girls,” Harmon said. “We just worked in practice on Friday on recognizing who we need to foul when we are down by seven or eight points with two minutes left. We were down seven with 1:38 left, and we did a nice job of that.
“Now we’ve got to get it to the kids who can score for us. We play pretty good defense across the board.”
Crusaders win consolation title
INDIANAPOLIS — The Columbus Christian girls basketball team won the consolation championship at the Allie Jean Hale Tournament at Baptist Academy on Saturday with a 21-17 victory against Colonial Christian.
The Crusaders, 6-11, won the defensive struggle by hold Colonial scoreless in the fourth quarter while putting five points on the board.
Tori Robinson scored 12 points to lead Columbus Christian and she was named to the all-tournament team for her effort. Rachen Warren scored six points for the Crusaders.
“Our defensive effort was incredible today,” Columbus Christian coach Ron Bridgewater said. “We played Colonial Christian earlier this season and gave up 37 points and lost by 12. To turn around and hold them to just 17 and to win is a pretty big deal.”
Jennings County can’t match Stars
BEDFORD — Bedford North Lawrence got off to a 49-20 halftime lead in its Hoosier Hills Conference game against visiting Jennings County and never looked back.
Kirsten Biggs scored 20 points, that included a 10 for 12 effort from the free throw line, but no other Jennings County player could score in double figures. The Stars ran their record to 17-0 and 6-0 in conference while Jennings County fell to 5-11, 1-5.
Eagles can’t capitalize on big game
CLAY CITY — Steve Norman scored a game-high 24 points but it wasn’t enough to hold off host Clay City, which notched a 55-48 victory Saturday.
Tony Goral added 13 points for Brown County, which dropped to 2-11. The Eagles were down only 28-26 at halftime, but were outscored 16-9 in the third quarter.
Crusaders fall flat vs. Anderson Prep
After running off to a 31-19 lead in the first quarter, the Columbus Christian boys basketball team hit the wall Saturday night against visiting Anderson Prep, dropping a 90-69 decision.
“It was almost a 40-point swing,” said Crusaders coach Kevin Roth. “We played so well in the first quarter, then we were tied 43-43 at the half. At the beginning of the game, we distributed the ball to everybody. Everybody got involved. Then we settled for 3s, and they weren’t going down.”
Chris Noblitt scored 21 points to lead the Crusaders while Dalane Shaull had 19. Tyler Smith scored 45 points to lead Anderson Prep. The Crusaders fell to 15-6 while Anderson Prep is 2-11.
East pulls out victory over Paoli
MILAN — Columbus East 138-pounder Cody Reichenba, 145-pounder Nathaniel Reed and 182-pounder Coy Park all picked up pins to lead the Olympians No, 2 to a 39-30 victory over Paoli High School at the Milan 6-Way on Saturday.
Three Olympians picked up forfeit victories while 152-pounder Terrance Crider picked up a decision victory for East.
East went on to wrestle five total matches, losing to Milan 49-25, beating New Washington 42-30, losing to Rushville 39-29 and beating Jennings County No. 2 39-26. Mike Wayant went 4-0 for East as did Reichenba.
Jeffersonville dominates East
JEFFERSONVILLE — Host Jeffersonville won every event in both the boys and girls divisions against Columbus East on Saturday to score a 125-59 win in girls action and a 137.5-47.5 victory in the boys event.
East’s Raegan Bradley picked up a second place finish in the girls 200 free while Abby Frazier was second in the girls 100 fly.
Isaac Walling was second in the boys 200 free for East and also second in the 500 free. Grant Huffman was second in the boys 100 breaststroke for East.
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