Spartans seek 4th straight EIAC crown

Spartans seek 4th straight EIAC crown

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For the third straight year, the Connersville Spartans entered the basketball season with one of their main goals being to successfully defend their Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference championship. 

The first of the final two steps toward achieving that feat will take place tonight at Spartan Bowl when Franklin County’s Wildcats will try to play the spoiler’s role.

On Saturday, CHS (17-4, 4-1 EIAC) will wrap up conference play at Lawrenceburg (12-8, 1-4). The varsity games begin at 7:30 p.m. both nights; the junior varsity contests start at 6.

Friday’s game is part of the annual ‘Beat Cancer in 4 Quarters’ event which raises money for cancer research in several ways.

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Senior guard Garrett Silcott had 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in Connersville’s 65-56 win over New Palestine on Feb. 13. (Photo by Doug Jordan) http://photosbydougj.com/

The Wildcats (7-12, 2-3) entertain East Central Saturday. The Trojans, also 4-1 in the EIAC, will complete conference play on Feb. 23 when they host Greensburg — currently 16-5 overall, 4-2 in the conference and rated 15th in the Associated Press poll.

Connersville defeated the Pirates 44-42 in overtime at the Bowl on Jan. 5.

Lawrenceburg has a home game against South Dearborn (5-15, 1-5) Friday. At 4-3, Rushville has completed it’s conference play.

As always, Franklin County will bring a scrappy team to the Bowl, a team that would enjoy nothing more than disrupting Connersville’s chance for a 4th-consecutive conference title.

The Wildcats main contributors include: 

5-11 senior Trevor Murray: 13.9 points, 2 rebounds per game;

6-0 senior Dylan Little: 9.8 p, 4.8 r;

5-9 senior Tyler Nichols: 8.2 p, 3.6 assists;

6-2 junior Jordan Floyd: 6.9 p, 4.7 r;

6-4 senior Hunter Mayfield: 6.4 p, 4.6 r;

5-11 sophomore Clayton Spurlock: 5.2 p, 1.3 r;

5-11 senior Ben Krider: 3.9 p, 3.7 r;

5-11 senior Braydon Ertel: 1.4 p, 1.3 r.

Franklin County Wildcats logo 1Franklin County beat Switzerland County, 58-34, on Feb. 11. Floyd and Little led FC with 13 and 12 points, respectively.

Krider had 9 points, Nichols totaled 6 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.

Head coach Kerry Brown’s Spartans are coming off a 65-56 road win over New Palestine, the team’s fifth straight victory.

The rough-and-tumble affair saw the Dragons get off to a hot start thanks in large part to 6-5 senior Gavin Hausz, who made three of the team’s seven 3-pointers in the first half, which ended in a 29-all deadlock. 

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Forward Noah Belt glides to the hoop to score 2 of his 7 points in Connersville’s 65-56 non-conference victory over New Palestine. (Photo by Doug Jordan) http://photosbydougj.com/

CHS limited New Palestine to seven third quarter points, and got a strong offensive rebound basket at the buzzer by sophomore Jacob Brown to take a 44-36 lead into the final stanza. 

The Spartans led by as much as 14 (60-46) in the fourth period and did not allow the hosts to get any closer than the final 9-point margin. 

Senior standout Garrett Silcott paced Connersville with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists, sophomore Clay Garrison also reached double figures, finishing with 11 points and 3 steals. 

Hausz led all scorers with 22 points, Matt True added 12 for the Dragons.

The Jr. Spartans beat New Palestine’s reserve squad, 40-37, to improve to 17-4.

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Sagarin ratings: CHS: 84.56 overall, 73.55 strength-of-schedule (78th), No. 21 4A, No. 30 all schools.
Franklin County: 61.52 overall, 64.89 strength-of-schedule (176th), No. 62 3A, No. 223 all schools.

Notes: According to the 2017 CHS Cheerblock on Twitter — @chscheerblockk — the theme for the Spartans-Wildcats game is ‘PINK OUT!’ … Last season, CHS beat Franklin County, 36-29, and Lawrenceburg, 62-55. … It was Connersville’s third straight win over the Wildcats, and the fourth consecutive time the Big Red has defeated the Tigers. … The Spartans final game of the regular season is Tuesday, against Northeastern at the Bowl (7:30 p.m.). 

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Connersville 65, New Palestine 56 

CHS (65) — Silcott 6 4-4 17; Garrison 4 2-2 11; Wes Smith 3 2-2 8; Belt 3 0-0 7; Lee 1 3-5 6; Revalee 1 3-4 6; Brown 3 0-2 6; Sherck 2 0-0 4; Wickes 0 0-0 0. Totals: 23 14-19 65.
3-pointers (5): Silcott 1; Garrison 1; Lee 1; Revalee 1; Belt 1. Rebounds (21): Brown 6; Silcott 6; Belt 4; Garrison 2; Wes Smith 1; Revalee 1; Sherck 1. Assists (11): Silcott 4; Belt 3; Lee 2; Revalee 2. Steals (9): Garrison 3; Silcott 2; Belt 2: Lee 1; Revalee 1.
Shooting: 2-pointers: 18-of-31. 3-pointers: 5-of-13. Free throws: 14-of-19. 

Connersville: 20-29-44-65
New Palestine: 18-29-36-56 

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Tonight’s games
Connersville area / of interest
(All games begin at 7:30 p.m. unless noted) 

Franklin County (7-12, 2-3) at Connersville (17-4, 4-1) •

South Dearborn (5-15, 1-5) at Lawrenceburg (12-8, 1-4) •

Greenfield-Central (6-13) at Rushville (6-14)

Cambridge City Lincoln (9-11) at Seton Catholic (5-17) (at Earlham College)

Union County (15-6, 6-1 TEC) at Union City (4-16, 0-5 TEC) ‡

Westfield (9-10) at New Castle (19-2, 3A No. 1 AP, No. 14 IBCA)

Richmond (8-13) at Lafayette Jeff (14-7)

Jennings County (5-15) at Batesville (12-7)

Tri (6-11, 1-5) at Centerville (9-11, 3-3) ‡

Northeastern (13-7, 5-1) at Winchester (5-13, 3-4) ‡

Hagerstown (13-5) at Shenandoah (16-4)

Muncie Central (6-13) at McCutcheon (16-4, No. 19 IBCA)

Anderson (9-12) at Kokomo (12-8)

Guerin Catholic (13-8) at Pendleton Heights (11-10) 

New Palestine (11-8) at Mt. Vernon (Fortville) (10-8) 

Shelbyville (14-7) at Delta (15-6) (8 p.m.) 

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Saturday’s games 

Connersville at Lawrenceburg • 

East Central at Franklin County • 

Batesville at Beech Grove (15-4, 3A No. 13) (2:30 p.m.) 

Shelbyville at Morristown (20-1, 1A No. 3) 

Switzerland County (15-4) at South Dearborn 

Hagerstown at Knightstown ‡ 

Randolph Southern at Tri 

(• Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference)
(‡ = Tri-Eastern Conference) 

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New Palestine hosts Spartans in non-conference action

New Palestine hosts Spartans in non-conference action

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Connersville will be the only area school playing on the hardwood tonight, as the Spartans travel to New Palestine to challenge the Dragons (11-7).
The junior varsity game begins at 6 p.m., the varsity contest tips off about 7:30. 

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Connersville senior Wes Smith dunks on East Central after a steal in the 3rd quarter of the Spartans crucial 50-36 EIAC win. (Photo by Doug Jordan) http://photosbydougj.com/

The game originally was scheduled for last Saturday but was postponed due to the New Palestine girls team playing in the Class 4A Regional at Decatur Central. 

CHS — 16-4 and 4-1 in Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference play — defeated East Central, 50-36, on Feb. 8 in conference action. The Trojans are also 4-1 in the EIAC, Greensburg is 4-2, Rushville is 4-3. 

Connersville hosts Franklin County (7-12, 2-3 EIAC) Friday at Spartan Bowl and visits Lawrenceburg (12-7, 1-4) Saturday in its final two conference games. 

The Wildcats entertain East Central Saturday, and the Trojans will complete EIAC play on Feb. 23 when they host Greensburg, currently 15-5 overall and rated 9th in the Associated Press poll. 

The Spartans gradually pulled away from East Central to record their 16th win. Trailing 8-5, CHS got a reverse layin by Garrett Silcott, a 3-pointer by Dalton Lee, a steal and dunk by Silcott and a jump shot by Noah Belt to lead 14-11 lead after one quarter. 

Head coach Kerry Brown’s team led 21-16 at halftime, and outscored the hosts, 29-20 in the final 16 minutes to win. 

The Trojans got within 42-36 on an offensive rebound bucket by 6-6, 265-pound freshman Luke Collinsworth, but a steal and two baskets by Braxton Revalee, and layups by Drew Sherck and Silcott closed out the action. 

Silcott finished with 17 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Lee scored 8 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished a pair of assists, Wes Smith and Belt both scored 6 points. 

Clay Garrison had 5 points, 4 boards and 4 steals, Revalee and Sherck scored 4 points apiece. Belt added 3 assists and 2 steals. 

Smith — who had the Spartans only shot block — and Silcott both got free for dunks after steals.

Tyler Koelling led East Central with 17 points, Collinsworth had 11, 9 in the second half. 

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Dalton Lee gets inside for 2 of his 8 points in the Spartans 50-36 victory over host East Central. (Photo by Doug Jordan) http://photosbydougj.com/

Connersville’s Jr. Spartans also made it 16 wins in 20 games by beating the Trojans JV, 36-26. 

Ethan Smith led CHS with 10 points, Colton Sullenbarger had 8, Sebastian Burch 6, Dylan Logan and Jonah Graham 4 each, Garrett Wickes 3, Tanner Brock and Trevor Young 1 each. 

New Palestine, a potential Sectional 9 opponent for CHS, has won 7 of its last 9 games, the most recent a 55-54 victory over Shelbyville on Saturday.

The Arabians made 10-of-12 foul shots in the fourth quarter, and Shelbyville missed a desperation shot at the buzzer that would have won the game. 

Gavin Hausz, a 6-5 senior, and 6-3 junior Dylan Romine scored 14 points each to lead New Palestine, Matthew True had 13 points and Dawson Eastes added 5. Romine recorded 8 rebounds. 

True, a 6-0 junior, tops the Arabians in scoring at 12.3 points a game, Hausz averages 10.3, Romine averages 8.1 points and 3.9 rebounds and Eastes contributes 6.4 points and 3.9 boards. 

NP’s top scorer, 6-0 sophomore Maximus Gizzi, has been sidelined due to injury since early January and is not expected to play. Gizzi averages 16.5 points and 5.2 assists. 

Last season, CHS defeated the Arabians, 61-47, at Spartan Bowl. 

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Sagarin ratings: CHS: 84.59 overall, 73.80 strength-of-schedule (77th), No. 21 4A, No. 30 all schools.
New Palestine: 78.11 overall, 73.90 strength-of-schedule (75th), No. 44 4A, No. 76 all schools. 

(Stats via MaxPreps) 

Several area and Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference schools will play Tuesday night, including Class 3A No. 2 New Castle (18-2) at Pendleton Heights (11-7) in a Hoosier Heritage Conference game, Union County (14-6) at East Central (13-7) and Rushville (5-14) hosting Oldenburg Academy (13-6). 

Other area games of interest Tuesday include: 

Hauser (14-6) at Lawrenceburg (12-7)

Seymour (10-8) at Greensburg (15-5)

Union City (4-15) at Centerville (8-11)

Knightstown (5-13) at Southwestern (Shelby) (9-11)

Liberty Christian (9-11) at Muncie Central (5-13)

Seton Catholic (5-16) at Tri (5-11)

Shenandoah (15-4) at Union (Modoc) (0-17)

Waldron (2-17) at Greenwood Christian (11-8) 

 

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Spartans visit East Central for key EIAC game

Spartans visit East Central for key EIAC game

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Senior guard Garrett Silcott leads Connersville in scoring, rebounds, assists and steals. (Photo by Doug Jordan) http://photosbydougj.com/

Winning a 4th-consecutive Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference championship is one of the goals the Connersville Spartans and their coaching staff set prior to the season.

CHS, 15-4 overall and 3-1 in EIAC play, can inch closer to another title tonight when it battles East Central in a road contest (7:30 p.m.).

The Trojans are 12-6, 3-0 in the EIAC.

The Spartans rolled to a 63-34 win over host Centerville last Saturday, the team’s third straight win after losing to Batesville, 49-48, a loss that ended Connersville’s EIAC winning streak at 23 games.

East Central lost to Columbus North, 66-54, last Saturday, two days after the Trojans outlasted Lawrenceburg to post an 87-79 win in double overtime and remain unbeaten in conference play.

Senior guard Tyler Koelling, who had 26 points and 7 rebounds against Lawrenceburg, likely will provide the most problems for head coach Kerry Brown’s team. 

The high-scoring, 6-2 sharpshooter scored 31 points in a win over North Decatur on Jan. 27, and poured in a career-high 40 against EIAC foe South Dearborn on Jan. 17. 

That effort helped Koelling win the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association/Subway District 3 Player Of The Week Award for January 15-20.  Koelling was injured last season and did not play against the Spartans. 

Other Trojans capable of impacting the game include Jared Volpenhein, a 6-4 senior who had 24 points and 8 rebounds in the win over Lawrenceburg, 6-6, 265-pound freshman Luke Collinsworth (18 points, 8 boards against the Tigers), 6-4 sophomore Trevor Becker, senior Joe Kirchgassner and 6-1 junior Alex Maxwell. 

Collinsworth, Maxwell and Becker played on the Trojans’ IHSAA Class 4A state championship football team. 

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CHS forward Noah Belt, who averages 11.2 points a game, shoots 47% from the floor and 80% from the free throw line. (Photo by Doug Jordan) http://photosbydougj.com/

Garrett Silcott and Noah Belt, who scored 11 points apiece to lead a balanced CHS attack against Centerville, continue to lead the team in scoring. 

Silcott averages 15.9 points, Belt averages 11.2. Silcott also leads the team in rebounding (5.6), assists (2.6) and steals (2.2).

Belt averages 3.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals. 

Jacob Brown and Wes Smith average 3.3 and 3.2 boards, respectively. Brown scores 5.2 points a game, Dalton Lee averages 4.8 points and 1.7 assists and Wes Smith scores 4.1 points a contest. 

The junior varsity contest begins at 6 p.m. Head coach Chris Bottomley’s Jr. Spartans are 15-4. 

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Sagarin ratings: CHS: 84.58 overall, 74.12 strength-of-schedule (74th), No. 21 4A, No. 30 all schools. 
East Central: 70.65 overall, 65.25 strength-of-schedule (174th), No. 75 4A, No. 136 all schools. 

 

Connersville statistics (15-4) 

Garrett Silcott: 303 pts / 15.9 ppg, 5.6 r, 2.6 a, 2.2 st, 0.4 bk 

Noah Belt: 213 pts / 11.2 ppg, 3.4 r, 1.5 a, 1.2 st 

Jacob Brown: 99 pts / 5.2 ppg, 3.3 r, 0.5 bk, 0.4 st, 0.3 a 

Dalton Lee: 92 pts / 4.8 ppg, 2.3 r, 1.7 a, 0.4 st 

Wes Smith: 77 pts / 4.1 ppg, 3.2 r, 0.5 a, 0.2 st 

Clay Garrison: 55 pts / 3.2 ppg, 1.1 r, 1.1 a, 0.9 st (17 games) 

Braxton Revalee: 48 pts / 2.5 ppg, 1.6 a, 1.2 r, 0.6 st 

Drew Sherck: 24 pts / 1.3 ppg, 0.7 r, 0.2 st (18 games) 

Tyler Combs: 15 pts / 0.9 ppg, 0.8 r, 0.4 a (17 games) 

Garrett Wickes: 11 pts / 0.7 ppg, 0.4 r, 0.1 a (15 games) 

Dalton Ailes: 5 pts / 0.6 ppg (8 games) 

Ethan Smith: 4 pts / 0.8 ppg, 0.4 r (5 games) 

Dylan Logan: 3 pts / 0.5 ppg, 0.3 r, 0.2 a (6 games) 

Jonah Graham: 3 p. 0.3 r, 0.3 a (3 games) 

(Stats via MaxPreps) 

 

Tonight’s games 

(All games begin at 7:30 p.m. unless noted) 

Connersville (15-4, 3-1 EIAC) at East Central (12-6, 3-0 EIAC) •

Rushville (4-13, 3-3 EIAC) at Batesville (12-5, 3-2 EIAC) •

Lawrenceburg (12-5) at Madison (6-12)

Delta (15-5) at New Castle (17-2, 3A No. 2)

Knightstown (5-11) at Greenfield-Central (4-13)

(• = Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference)

Friday’s games

Franklin County (6-11) at Greenfield-Central

South Dearborn (5-13) at South Ripley (6-12)

Union County (14-5, 6-0 TEC) at Northeastern (12-7, 4-1 TEC) ‡

Winchester (5-12, 3-3 TEC) at Cambridge City Lincoln (8-11, 2-4 TEC) ‡

Kokomo (12-7) at Richmond (7-12)

Centerville (8-10) at Blue River (7-9)

Shelbyville (14-5) at New Palestine (10-7)

Fishers (8-9) at Pendleton Heights (11-8) 

Harrison (West Lafayette) (12-7) at Muncie Central (5-12) 

(‡ = Tri-Eastern Conference) 

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CHS clubs Centerville, set for EIAC showdown at East Central

CHS clubs Centerville, set for EIAC showdown at East Central

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Centerville’s Kody Witham (32) put up a roadblock against Connersville sophomore Clay Garrison during the Spartans-Bulldogs game Saturday. Garrison had 8 points in Connersville’s 63-34 win. (Photo by Doug Jordan) http://photosbydougj.com/

Connersville grabbed a quick lead on Centerville and never looked back, blasting the host Bulldogs, 63-34, Saturday afternoon to improve to 15-4. Centerville is 8-10.

Eleven players put points on the scoreboard for the Spartans, who shot 58% from the floor and outrebounded the Wayne County school, 24-10.

Garrett Silcott and Noah Belt each scored 11 points to lead head coach Kerry Brown’s team, which travels to East Central Thursday night to battle the Trojans in a crucial Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference contest (7:30 p.m.). 

East Central, 12-6 overall, is 3-0 in conference play. The 3-time defending EIAC champion Spartans are 3-1. 

Class 3A No. 4 Greensburg (15-5) is 4-2 in the conference after losing to Rushville (4-13, 3-3). Batesville (12-5) is 3-2. 

Against Centerville, CHS turned a 17-7 lead after one quarter into a 32-19 halftime advantage, and limited the hosts to just 3 points in the third quarter to take a commanding 48-22 lead into the final 8 minutes. 

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Dalton Ailes prepares to launch a free throw against Centerville. The senior guard made 2 foul shots in the Spartans’ 63-34 victory. (Photo by Doug Jordan) http://photosbydougj.com/

Dalton Lee added 9 points for Connersville, Jacob Brown and Clay Garrison scored 8 apiece and Wes Smith had 4.

Braxton Revalee and Jonah Graham tallied 3 each, Drew Sherck, Dalton Ailes and Ethan Smith all scored 2 points.
Tyler Combs and Dylan Logan did not score but each grabbed a rebound.

Brown snatched 7 rebounds and blocked 2 shots, Silcott had 7 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals, Revalee had 4 assists, Lee and Wes Smith both corralled 3 boards, Garrison had 2 assists and a pair of steals.

Austin Farlow led Centerville with 9 points, Justin Dupree finished with 8 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists, Dante Torres and Kody Witham scored 6 each, Dalton Stevens had 5.

Connersville’s Jr. Spartans also improved to 15-4, defeating the Bulldogs’ JV, 53-35. 

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Connersville senior Tyler Combs looks for a teammate Saturday in the Spartans non-conference win over Centerville. (Photo by Doug Jordan) http://photosbydougj.com/

Connersville: 17-32-48-63
Centerville: 7-19-22-34

CHS (63) — Silcott 4 2-2 11; Belt 4 1-1 11; Lee 4 0-0 9; Brown 4 0-1 8; Garrison 3 0-0 8; Wes Smith 2 0-0 4; Revalee 1 0-0 3; Graham 1 0-0 3; Sherck 1 0-0 2; Ailes 0 2-2 2; Ethan Smith 1 0-0 2; Combs 0 0-0 0; Logan 0 0-0 0. Totals: 25 5-6 63.
3-pointers (8): Belt 2; Garrison 2; Silcott 1; Lee 1; Revalee 1; Graham 1. Rebounds (24): Brown 7; Silcott 4; Wes Smith 3; Lee 3; Belt 2; Revalee 1; Garrison 1; Combs 1; Logan 1; Ethan Smith 1. Assists (16): Silcott 7; Revalee 4; Brown 2; Garrison 2; Sherck 1. 

Centerville (34) — Farlow 3 0-0 9; Dupree 3 2-2 8; Torres 2 0-0 6; Witham 3 0-0 6; Stevens 2 0-0 5; Dickenson 0 0-1 0; Fordonski 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13 2-3 34. 
3-pointers (6): Farlow 3; Torres 2; Stevens 1. Rebounds (10): Dupree 7; Witham 2, Torres 1. Assists (9): Dupree 5; Fordonski 2; Torres 1; Stevens 1. 

Thursday’s games 

(All games begin at 7:30 p.m.)

Connersville (15-4, 3-1 EIAC) at East Central (12-6, 3-0 EIAC) •

Rushville (4-13, 3-3 EIAC) at Batesville (12-5, 3-2 EIAC) •

Lawrenceburg (11-5) at Madison (6-12)

(• = Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference) 

 

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Spartans prepare for Centerville after pair of weekend wins

Spartans prepare for Centerville after pair of weekend wins

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Senior Drew Sherck was impressive in Connersville’s 52-37 win over Indianapolis Manual, scoring 8 points on 4-of-4 shooting and pulling down a pair of rebounds. (Photo by Doug Jordan) http://photosbydougj.com/

The best thing a basketball team can do after a tough loss is bounce back with a win. Or two.

Which is exactly what the Connersville Spartans did last weekend, posting non-conference victories over Mt. Vernon (Fortville) and Indianapolis Manual at Spartan Bowl.

Connersville (14-4) took control early, got excellent contributions from its bench and never trailed against Manual, beating the Redskins, 52-37, Saturday night.

As if it was scripted, the Spartans’ 42-37 win over the Marauders on Friday went into overtime — the third consecutive game the teams have needed more than 32 minutes to decide the winner.

After a free throw by Noah Belt gave CHS a 3-2 lead on Manual, head coach Kerry Brown’s cagers began to pull away from the much taller Redskins team, taking a 13-8 lead after one quarter and a 20-15 advantage at the midway break.

A 3-pointer by Wilante Hankston to start the third quarter trimmed the deficit to 20-18, but the Spartans utilized strong defense, excellent passing and teamwork to pull away from the Marion County school.

CHS limited Manual to just 6 points in the third stanza, and scored 21 points in the final eight minutes to post win No. 14.

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Forward Noah Belt knocks down 1 of the 8 free throws he made in the 4th quarter of Connersville’s 52-37 victory over Indianapolis Manual. (Photo by Doug Jordan) http://photosbydougj.com/

Belt, who led Connersville with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists, made all 8 foul shots he attempted in the fourth quarter and was 9-of-10 overall. 

Drew Sherck came off the bench and gave the Big Red a huge lift, scoring 8 points (6 in the fourth period), grabbing a pair of rebounds and picking up an assist. The 6-4 senior was 4-for-4 from the floor.

Jacob Brown turned in another strong performance in a reserve role, scoring 7 points, garnering 4 rebounds and registering an assist, Garrett Silcott had 6 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals, Braxton Revalee finished with 5 points, 1 rebound and a steal.

Another reserve, sophomore Clay Garrison, totaled 3 points, 2 boards, 2 assists and 2 steals, with both assists resulting in inside buckets by Sherck.

Dalton Lee had 3 points and 1 assist, Wes Smith had 2 points and 1 rebound and Tyler Combs grabbed a rebound. The other Spartans who come off the bench played but did not score.

CHS shot 18-for-31 from the floor, making 16-of-23 2-point attempts. 

Six-seven Jalen Johnson, who averages nearly 23 points a game, managed 12 points to lead Manual.

Trailing Mt. Vernon 14-6 after one quarter, Connersville held the Marauders to 2 points in the second stanza, a basket by Damari Gatewood just 38 seconds before the half, and led 21-16 at the break. 

CHS led by as many as 6 in the third quarter, and was ahead 35-31 after consecutive 3-pointers by Revalee and Belt, but MV chipped away and took a 37-35 lead on a trey by Peyton Meadors with 1:27 remaining.

Two free throws by Silcott with under a minute to play tied things at 37, resulting in overtime. The Spartans held the Marauders scoreless in the extra session to win, 42-37.

Wes Smith made the Spartans lone hoop in OT with Silcott converting a pair of free throws and Revalee sinking 1. 

Silcott finished with a double-double, 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists, with Belt also reaching double figures, scoring 12 points and snatching 7 boards.

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Jacob Brown again provided a strong inside presence for Connersville against Indianapolis Manual, scoring 7 points and grabbing 4 rebounds. (Photo by Doug Jordan) http://photosbydougj.com/

Garrison had 5 points, 2 assists, a rebound and a steal, Revalee had 4 points, 2 assists and a steal, Wes Smith finished 2 points, 4 rebounds and an assist, Brown had a basket and 1 rebound.

Lee, Combs and Wickes failed to score but contributed to the win, with Lee getting a rebound, steal and assist, Combs nabbing a rebound and dishing an assist and Wickes corralling 3 boards. 

Gatewood scored 10 points to top Mt. Vernon.

The Jr. Spartans split their weekend action, falling to Mt. Vernon, 39-34, before defeating Manual’s JV, 38-26.

Jonah Graham led the Jr. Spartans in scoring in both games, tallying 15 points against MV and 12 against Manual. Ethan Smith scored 8 points in each game and Colton Sullenbarger scored 6 in each contest.

Trevor Young notched 3 against MV, Wickes scored 2. Wickes had 6 points in the win over Manual with Damon Huffman adding 4 and Sabastian Burch 2.

Coach Chris Bottomley’s Jr. Spartans are 14-4.

With the IHSAA girls sectionals underway this week, including Class 4A Sectional 9 at Spartan Bowl, Connersville has a Friday night off but will return to action Saturday afternoon at Centerville.

The Spartans and Bulldogs get started at 1:30 p.m. with the junior varsity contest beginning at noon. Centerville (8-9) beat Winchester, 44-37, Wednesday night in a Tri-Eastern Conference game. 

You can listen to the CHS-Centerville game on Kmix 106.9 fm featuring announcers Sam Harvey and Dave Pollard. Kmix 106.9 can be accessed via the iTunes media player.

(Stats via MaxPreps)

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Lady Spartans face New Palestine in Sectional 9 play

Lady Spartans face New Palestine in Sectional 9 play

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Versatile guard Marley Smith, who leads the Lady Spartans in scoring at over 15 points a game, notched 24 points against New Palestine in the regular season opener. (Photo by Doug Jordan) http://photosbydougj.com/

Connersville High School’s Lady Spartans will try to turn the tables on New Palestine and avenge a loss in their season-opening game, with the winner advancing to the sectional semifinals.

Head coach Michael Thompson’s Lady Spartans (8-15) will try to keep their season going when they clash with the Lady Dragons (15-6) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Class 4A Sectional 9 play at Spartan Bowl. 

Richmond (11-12) and Pendleton Heights (15-8) will get the tournament started at 6 p.m.

Mt. Vernon (Fortville) and Greenfield-Central, both 10-12, drew byes and will begin play in Friday’s semifinals.

Mt. Vernon will play the winner between Richmond and Pendleton Heights at 6 p.m., Greenfield-Central will face CHS or New Palestine at 7:30 p.m. 

Saturday’s championship game begins at 7:30 p.m.

Playing at home, New Palestine held off the junior-laden Lady Spartans, 52-48, on Nov. 2.

Connersville has dropped four straight since defeating Guerin Catholic, 47-38, in the first game of a girls-boys doubleheader at the Bowl on Jan. 13.

CHS lost its final game of the regular season, falling to a tall and talented East Central team, 55-22, in Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference play.

New Palestine has won two straight since losing three of four. The Lady Dragons breezed past Lawrence Central, 58-41, and edged Indianapolis Ritter, 56-52, on Jan. 25 on NP’s home floor.

Connersville also played Ritter — in the second game of the season at the Bowl — with the Lady Raiders (13-10) prevailing, 44-38.

Guard Marley Smith leads the Lady Spartans offensive attack, averaging 15.3 points and 2.3 assists. The 5-9 junior also grabs 3.8 rebounds and picks up 1.5 steals an outing.

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Tori Bostwick, Connersville’s only senior, is ready to give her best, hard-nosed effort to help the Lady Spartans continue their season. (Photo by Doug Jordan) http://photosbydougj.com/

Jessica Beckman, also a 5-9 junior, averages 8 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.1 steals, 5-7 junior Lauren Thompson, who was ill last week but is expected to play Tuesday, contributes 6.5 points, 1.3 rebounds, 0.5 steals.

Five-seven Hannah Groce averages 2.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists, 5-10 junior Elise Bottomley averages 2.3 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists, 5-7 junior Sarah Griffin chips in 1.9 points and 1.5 rebounds.

Tori Bostwick, the team’s only senior, averages 2 points and 1.5 rebounds, junior Gianna Struewing averages 1.5 points and junior Sammi Potters averages 0.7 rebounds and 0.4 blocks.

CHS was expected to miss the inside strength of Maddie Gregory, who is recovering from an ankle injury, but the 5-9 junior has been rehabbing extensively and might play. 

Averaging 5 points and nearly 8 rebounds a game, Gregory registered two double-doubles during the regular season and pulled down more than 10 rebounds five times — including an eye-popping 19 against Indianapolis Ritter.

New Palestine is led by 5-11 Leah Seib, who averages 14.3 points and 6.8 rebounds. Megan Jolly averages 10 points and 3.9 rebounds, Haley Harrison scores 7.2 points a game and 6-1 Katie Herron averages 6.4 points and 6 boards. All are juniors.

Notes: The Lady Spartans beat potential sectional semifinal opponent Greenfield-Central, 40-35, on Dec. 19 at the Bowl. Thompson made four 3-pointers to lead CHS with 12 points. Gregory had a double-double — 11 points and 10 boards, Smith had 11 points and 6 caroms, Beckman finished with 6 points and 8 rebounds. … Thompson is 159-145 in his 13th year as Connersville’s coach. … Sarah Gizzi is in her 1st year as coach of the Lady Dragons. 

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Connersville will need the aggressive play Jessica Beckman always provides in its Sectional 9 game against New Palestine Tuesday night. (Photo by Doug Jordan) http://photosbydougj.com/

If you can’t make it to the game, you can listen to the action on Kmix 106.9 fm featuring announcers Sam Harvey and Dave Pollard. Kmix 106.9 can be accessed via the iTunes media player.

Stats-wise: New Palestine 52, Connersville 48 (Nov. 2, 2017)

 

CHS 

Smith: 24 p (4-4 3-pointers), 2 r, 2 a.

Gregory: 1 p, 12 r, 1 a, 1 st.

Thompson: 8 p, 1 a.

Beckman: 4 p, 3 r, 1 a.

Groce: 4 p, 1 a.

Griffin: 4 p.

Bostwick: 3 p, 1 r.

Bottomley: 3 r, 2 a, 1 st.

New PalestineSeib: 16 p, 7 r; Jolly: 11 p, 4 st; Harrison: 9 p, 2 a.

(Stats via MaxPreps) 

 

Class 4A Sectional 9

Tuesday

6 p.m. • Richmond (11-12) vs Pendleton Heights (15-8)

7:30 p.m. • New Palestine (15-6) vs Connersville (8-15)

Friday

6 p.m. • Mt. Vernon (Fortville) (10-12) vs Winner Game 1

7:30 p.m. • Greenfield-Central (10-12) vs Winner Game 2

Championship Game • Saturday, 7:30 p.m. 

 

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Marauders, Manual next for 12-4 Spartans

Marauders, Manual next for 12-4 Spartans

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The 2017-18 Connersville Spartans varsity basketball team (Photo by Jeff Gabbard)

Another double-dip weekend against high-quality competition awaits the Connersville Spartans basketball team, whose players and coaches would love to see a repeat of the results from last season — with less minutes needed for similar results.

CHS (12-4) hosts Mt. Vernon (Fortville) (7-6) tonight at Spartan Bowl; Indianapolis Manual (9-6) provides the opposition 24 hours later. Both games begin about 7:30 p.m. with JV action starting at 6.

A year ago, head coach Kerry Brown’s squad defeated Mt. Vernon, 88-85, in an epic 4-overtime thriller on the Marauders’ floor.

Forward Noah Belt had 23 points for the Big Red, including a 13-for-14 performance from the free throw line. Guard Garrett Silcott scored 16 points.

A few weeks later, in Sectional 9 play at New Castle Fieldhouse, the Spartans beat MV, 59-55, in a game that required two overtimes to decide the winner.

Against Manual at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, CHS whipped the Redskins, 68-54. 

Sagarin ratings: CHS: 84.00 overall, 74.77 strength-of-schedule (66th), No. 21 4A, No. 32 all schools.

Mt. Vernon: 77.78 overall, 77.13 strength-of-schedule (43rd), No. 47 4A, No. 79 all schools.

Indianapolis Manual: 83.67 overall, 75.89 strength-of-schedule (54th), No. 8 3A, No. 36 all schools.

Notes: Manual plays at Class 2A No. 9 Indianapolis Howe (12-5) tonight. … The Redskins lost to Indianapolis Cathedral in double-overtime, 88-86, in the semifinals of the Indianapolis City Tourney. … Cathedral (15-2, 4A No. 9) is one of the teams that defeated the Spartans, 63-46, on Dec. 29 in the Bob Wettig Tournament at Richmond. … Along with Noah Belt, who made 13-of-14 free throws in Connersville’s 4-overtime, 88-85 regular season win over Mt. Vernon last year, former Spartan and 2017 Indiana All-Star Grant Smith — now playing at NAIA Div. II power Indiana Wesleyan — made 13 foul shots in 15 tries and scored 27 points.

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Tonight’s games

(All games begin at 7:30 p.m. unless noted)

Mt. Vernon (Fortville) (7-6) at Connersville (12-4)

Indianapolis Manual (9-6) at Indianapolis Howe (12-5, 2A No. 9)

Columbus East (5-6) at East Central (10-4)

South Dearborn (5-11, 1-3 EIAC) at Rushville (2-12, 1-3 EIAC) •

North Decatur (6-9) at Batesville (8-5)

South Ripley (6-10) at Lawrenceburg (10-3)

Cambridge City Lincoln (6-8, 1-1 TEC) at Northeastern (9-5, 2-0 TEC) ‡

Centerville (6-8, 0-3 TEC) at Knightstown (5-8, 3-3 TEC) ‡

Tri (5-6, 1-2 TEC) at Winchester (4-9, 2-2 TEC) ‡

Union City (4-10, 0-4 TEC) at Hagerstown (8-5, 2-1 TEC) ‡

Harrison (West Lafayette) (8-6) at Richmond (6-10)

Greenfield-Central (4-9) vs Pendleton Heights (7-7) (8:45 p.m., Bankers Life Fieldhouse)

Greenwood (9-4) at Shelbyville (12-5)

New Palestine (8-6) at Yorktown (3-11)

Wapahani (12-3, 2A No.) at Delta (13-3)

Muncie Central (4-9) at Indianapolis Tech (4-6)

Edinburgh (10-6) at Morristown (15-1, 1A No. 5)

(• = Eastern Indiana Athletic Confereence)

(‡ = Tri-Eastern Conference) 

 

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