PH will try avenge the loss Saturday night when it hosts the Spartans in non-conference action. Connersville is seeking it’s 5th straight victory while the Arabians enter the battle with a 2-2 record.
“It’s going to be a tough game. Pendleton Heights plays well and they play physical basketball,” said CHS Coach Kerry Brown. “If we get a win, it will be a good one.”
The Spartans defeated Rushville, 56-48, in overtime in a grueling Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference game last Friday at Spartan Bowl, before smashing Shelbyville, 83-50, 24 hours later.
PH split two games last weekend, defeating Lapel, 33-31, on Friday before losing to host Hamilton Southeastern, 56-46, Saturday.
The weekend sweep was welcomed by the Spartans and the coaching staff. “The Rushville game got us off to a good start. It was a tough game and it was a great conference win,” Brown said. “We had to win it twice, so to speak, the way it ended and the overtime.”
The Shelbyville game turned into a foul fest, with CHS making 48-of-55 free throws — a new state record for free throws made in a game, breaking the old mark of 47, held by Jeffersonville for 51 years. The Spartans made 21-of-24 freebies in the 3rd quarter and 19-of-20 in the 4th.
“I had no idea we would win like that, and no one had any idea we were going to shoot that many free throws,” noted Brown. “I’m sure the players are happy about making them and winning two games, like I am.”
Despite the 2-2 start, the Arabians have talent and size the Spartans will have to deal with. Kenton Dunham, a 5-10 senior point guard, runs the show for Pendleton Heights and averages 15 points and nearly 5 assists per game. He is the brother of Butler University standout Kellen Dunham.
Mark Albers, a 6-4 junior, averages 17 points and is a strong rebounder, 6-3 sophomore Trent Miller averages 6 points a game, 6-3 senior Max Grbic is a physical force and Eli Pancol is a promising 6-3 freshman, averaging 3 points and 3 rebounds for first-year Arabians head coach Kevin Bates.
Junior forward Grant Smith leads the Spartans balanced scoring attack, averaging 17 points a game. Sophomore guard Garrett Silcott averages 11.7 a contest, senior Tyler Billups scores 11.2, junior Beau Isaacs averages 11 points and senior Chandler Graves checks in at 3.2.
“It should be a good game and we’ll play hard,” said Brown, noting that CHS could be 2-2 if not for a good comeback at Broad Ripple and the hard-fought win over Rushville. “We’re still building. We have to stay focused and keep moving in the right direction and that’s what we’ll do.”
If you can’t make it to the game, you can listen to the action on Kmix 106.9 — http://kmix1069.com/ —with announcers Sam Harvey and Dave Pollard. Connersville plays at South Dearborn on Wednesday (7:30 p.m.) in an EIAC game.
Virtually all Connersville-area schools are in action tonight.
Area / games of interest
Friday, Dec. 11
Batesville at Lawrenceburg (EIAC)
Franklin County at Rushville (EIAC)
East Central at Greensburg
South Dearborn at Madison
Cambridge City Lincoln at Knightstown
Hagerstown at Union County (TEC)
Union City at Winchester (TEC)
Northeastern (No. 2, Class 2A) at Eastern Hancock
Randolph Southern at Centerville
Shenandoah at Tri
Logansport at Muncie Central (8 p.m.)
Richmond at Marion (NCC) (8 p.m.)
New Castle at Shelbyville
Greenfield-Central at New Palestine
Mt. Vernon (Fortville) at Pendleton Heights
Yorktown at Delta
Saturday, Dec. 12
Connersville at Pendleton Heights
Blue River at Rushville
South Dearborn at Franklin County
Richmond at Jay County
Indiana Math & Science at Cambridge City Lincoln (2:30 p.m.)
New Castle at Hagerstown
Batesville at Plainfield
Muncie Central at Guerin Catholic
Union (Modoc) at Tri
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