Host Mooresville outscored Connersville, 32-7, in the 2nd half Saturday night to break open a close game and cruise to a 53-26 win.
Senior guard KC Earls, who entered the game averaging 24.2 points, scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Pioneers, 16 coming in the final 16 minutes. Landon Harder added 16 points for the winners.
Tyler Billups scored 9 points to top CHS, with all of his points coming in the 2nd quarter on three 3-pointers. Beau Isaacs added 7 points and Grant Smith had 6 points and 3 assists.
The Spartans (13-5) led just once, 3-2 when Grant Smith made a 3-pointer. Mooresville led 13-10 after the opening quarter, and had a 19-13 advantage in the second stanza until Billups banged back-to-back treys to tie it at 19 with just over 2 minutes to play. The Pioneers led 21-19 at halftime.
While Mooresville (11-5) exploded in the 2nd half, the Spartans’ offense came to a grinding halt. Connersville scored only 5 points in the 3rd quarter on baskets by Isaacs and Chandler Graves and a free throw by Smith. The Pioneers led, 35-24.
CHS managed just 2 points in the final quarter, a basket by Smith early in the period. Mooresville scored the final 16 points of the game, with Earls tallying 10 of his points in the quarter.
The Pioneers shot 19-of-33 from the floor; Connersville was 9-for-30 — 3-of-14 in the 2nd half. Mooresville outrebounded CHS, 23-10. Billups led Connersville with 3 boards.
The Spartans are back in action Saturday when they host Centerville (3-10) at the Bowl. The Bulldogs host Winchester in a Tri-Eastern Conference game Friday night.
CHS scoring vs. Mooresville: Tyler Billups 9; Beau Isaacs 7, Grant Smith 6; Chandler Graves 2; Garrett Silcott 2; Dalton Huffman 0; Noah Belt 0; Braxton Revalee 0; Wes Smith 0; Hunter Sullenbarger 0; Dalton Lee 0.
Jan. 30 scores
Area / games of interest
Mooresville 53, Connersville 26
Franklin County 50, Oxford Talawanda (Ohio) 41
Union County 63, Jac-Cen-Del 60
Northeastern 79, Liberty Christian 59
Batesville 56, Hauser 53
Mt. Vernon (Fortville) 47, Delta 40 (OT)
Carmel 71, New Castle 59
Greenfield-Central 55, Eastern Hancock 53
Indianapolis Pike 61, Pendleton Heights 35
Muncie Central 72, Fort Wayne Snider 64
North Decatur 56, East Central 39
Shenandoah 56, Centerville 24
Knightstown 58, Morristown 35
Milan 54, Switzerland County 38
Ansonia (Ohio) 54, Union City 53
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