If Connersville shoots the basketball as well as it did Wednesday and plays the get-after-it defense the team is known for, the Spartans could be a happy team late tonight.
CHS (15-10) will clash with Anderson (6-18) in Game 2 at New Castle (7:30 p.m.), with the winner heading to the Class 4A, Sectional 9 championship game. Richmond (22-3) and Mt. Vernon (Fortville) (13-8) open the night’s action, tipping off at 6 p.m.
An excellent comeback by the Spartans pushed the team to a 49-47 overtime win against Pendleton Heights Wednesday. Anderson defeated Greenfield-Central, 48-44, in the second game.
Connersville shot 19-for-32 (59.3%) against PH and outrebounded the taller Arabians, 19-12. CHS stats (via maxpreps.com): Andrew Stine: 12 pts, 3 a, 1 reb, 1 stl; Ty Miller: 12 pts, 2 reb; Tyler Billups: 9 pts, 5 reb, 3 a, 2 stl; Grant Smith: 4 pts, 6 reb, 5 a, 1 blk; Micah Kelley 8 pts, 2 reb; Beau Isaacs: 2 pts, 2 reb; Garrett Silcott: 2 pts, 1 reb, 1 a, 1 stl.
Anderson’s victory over Greenfield-Central was the school’s first win in a sectional since 2009. Sophomore Zacaree Owens scored 15 points and freshman Jamal Harris added 13 to lead the Indians.
Anderson also gets strong contributions from seniors Khalil Williams, Robby Peal, FreSan Reese and Jonathon Barclay, and juniors Dionte Raines, Kobe Clay and Djuan Peel.
If you can’t make it to the game, listen to the action on Kmix 106.9 — Kmix1069fm.com —with announcers Sam Harvey and David Pollard. — kh
Area sectionals tonight: 3A | Greensburg
Franklin County (8-14) vs Batesville (14-10)
Rushville (16-6) vs Greensburg (19-3)
2A | Hagerstown
Northeastern (20-3) vs Union County (13-11)
Hagerstown (17-4) vs Cambridge City Lincoln (9-13)
Tri (4-18) vs Seton Catholic (Richmond) (16-6)
1A | South Decatur Shawe Memorial (8-14) vs Rising Sun (9-15)
Oldenburg Academy (17-6) vs Jac-Cen-Del (16-8)
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