GREENSBURG — South Decatur dug itself out of an early, deep hole Thursday, rallying from 15 points down in the first period to take control late in the fourth, only to give it back in the final minute in a 54-49 Mid-Hoosier Conference setback against Waldron in varsity girls basketball action.
The Cougars (4-10, 0-5) put four players in double figures, including Ashley Johannigman with 11 points and 11 rebounds, but it still wasn’t enough to prevent the Mohawks (3-11, 2-3) from snapping a nine-game losing skid.
“We had the game and then let it slip away,” South Decatur coach Amy Macy said. “I believe the girls started thinking about playing not to lose instead of playing to win.”
The contest opened and looked as if the Cougars wouldn’t even come close to playing for the win.
Waldron jumped out to a 7-0 lead and then expanded it to 17-2 with less than a minute remaining in the opening stanza following a steal and layup by Hannah Johnson. The hosts finally answered back with 50 ticks left with a 3-pointer from Johannigman, who then immediately followed with an inside bucket moments later to close out the period down by 10.
The Cougars continued to cut away at the deficit and trailed just 28-26 by halftime. Lone senior Samantha Miller, who lead South Decatur with 13 points, had five of the team’s 19 second-quarter points, while 6-foot-1 junior Julia Miller totaled nine of her 10 points in the first half.
The Mohawks turned the ball over six times in the second frame and another 10 times in the third, where the Cougars surged ahead by as many as five points before holding a 40-37 lead heading into the final period.
South Decatur continued to maintain the advantage and went up 48-43 with 1:54 left in the game following a pair of free throws by Megan Niese, who sank five of six charity tosses in the quarter to finish with 11.
But just like they did in the first two minutes of the game, Waldron attacked the rim with aggression in the final two minutes and found itself leading 50-49 after a three-point play by Haley Coffey. The Cougars then turned the ball over, and Leanne Harker, who led all scorers with 18 points, went 4 for 4 at the line to preserve the win.
Braves hold off Jets
BROWNSTOWN — Hauser rallied from a 14-point second-quarter deficit to within five in the final minute Thursday night, but Brownstown Central held on for a 54-43 girls basketball win.
The Jets (5-8) closed within 48-43 on a Paige Miller basket with 48 seconds remaining. But the Braves made 7 of 10 free throws in the fourth quarter to keep Hauser at bay.
Ellie Trotter led the Jets with 14 points. Leslie Sims added 10.
Lancers roll over Tigers
EDINBURGH — Edinburgh jumped out to a 17-4 lead early in the second quarter and went on to down Crothersville 42-25.
Jennifer Stinson led the Lancers (3-10) with 11 points and 19 rebounds. Maile Cox added 10 points.
Panthers fall to Warriors
WHITELAND — Jennings County and Whiteland were tied at 37 midway through the fourth quarter, but the Warriors pulled away for a 49-42 win.
Emma Campbell led the Panthers (5-8) with 12 points. Emily Ertel grabbed seven rebounds to lead Jennings to a 28-16 advantage on the boards.
Bull Frogs sweep Flashes
INDIANAPOLIS — Columbus North set 30 lifetime-bests in sweeping Franklin Central. The Bull Frog boys won 101-84, and the girls rolled 135-50.
Rachael Sollman led the girls with wins in the 100-yard butterfly (1 minute, 1.63 seconds) and 100 breaststroke (1:13.60).
Among other individual winners were Emma Wyke in the 200 freestyle (2:02.38), Mackenzie Coles in the 200 individual medley (2:23.40), Mackenzie Fry in the 50 freestyle (25.51), Tierney McAlister in diving (125.90), Marah Bieger in the 100 freestyle (55.60), Marie Wildemann in the 500 freestyle (5:36.90) and Maddie Wyke in the 100 backstroke (1:02.34).
Cody Taylor led the boys with wins in the 100 freestyle (49.73) and 500 freestyle (4:46.19).
Matthew Freudenthaler took the 200 freestyle (1:50.69), Sam Parker captured the 200 IM (2:04.02), and Sam Loescher won the 50 freestyle (22.39).
and the Bull Frogs swept the 200 medley (1:42.39), 200 freestyle (1:33.32) and 400 freestyle (3:20.56) relays.