Warren Central’s defense harassed and pressured Connersville into a slew of turnovers and ice cold-shooting Tuesday afternoon, with the 19th-rated Warriors pulling away for a 54-39 victory in the quarterfinals of the Bob Wettig Tournament in Richmond.
Trailing 23-21 at halftime, the Spartans scored only 4 points during a foul-plagued 3rd quarter that had fans of both teams upset at the officiating crew. CHS trailed, 40-25, entering the final 8 minutes.
Sophomore guard Garrett Silcott opened the 4th quarter with a 3-pointer, but Connersville would not score again until Silcott converted an ‘and-one’ 3-point play with 2:18 remaining. By then, Warren Central led, 44-28.
Junior Beau Isaacs scored 15 points to lead the Spartans, 8 coming in the 1st quarter. Silcott finished with 12, including a 7-for-7 free throw performance, senior Tyler Billups and freshman Noah Belt tallied 4 each and junior Dalton Huffman added a bucket.
The Spartans (8-2) play 10th-rated Fort Wayne North at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Earlham College. North was beaten by Franklin Central, 78-70.
Warren Central 54, Connersville 39
Franklin Central 78, Fort Wayne North 70
Bedford North Lawrence 58, Valparaiso 55
Seton Catholic 72, Hamilton Heights 61
Portage 65, Indianapolis Lighthouse 56
Richmond 60, Indianapolis Herron 54
Lebanon 78, Indianapolis Lighthouse 73 (OT)
Indianapolis Tindley 73, Portage 57
Fort Wayne Dwenger 67, Indianapolis Herron 54
Leo 63, Richmond 57
Connersville vs. Fort Wayne North (9:30 a.m., Earlham College)
Valparaiso vs. Hamilton Heights (9:30 a.m., Tiernan Center)
Connersville vs. Valparaiso or Hamilton Heights (4:30 at Tiernan Center or 3:30 at Earlham College)
Indianapolis Lighthouse vs. Indianapolis Herron (11 a.m., Earlham College, 15th place)
Portage vs. Richmond (12:30 p.m., Earlham College, 13th place)
Lebanon vs. Leo (2 p.m., Earlham College, 11th place)
Indianapolis Tindley vs. Fort Wayne Dwenger (3 p.m., Tiernan Center, 9th place)
Warren Central vs. Franklin Central, 11:30 a.m., Tiernan Center)
Bedford North Lawrence vs. Seton Catholic (1 p.m., Tiernan Center)
Championship game: 7:30 p.m., Tiernan Center
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