The outcome was never in doubt.
The Connersville Spartans raced to a 9-0 lead and never looked back, blasting Franklin County, 57-27, Friday night to win the school’s 2nd consecutive Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference championship.
CHS is 17-5 overall, 6-0 in EIAC play. Franklin County falls to 11-9, 3-2 in the conference. The Spartans play at Lawrenceburg tonight.
Beau Isaacs, who scored the 1st 7 points of the game on a 3-pointer and 4-point play, led Connersville with a game-high 19 points. Grant Smith had 12 points, including a crowd-igniting dunk in the opening quarter.
Prior to that, Smith was the recipient of a shove from a Franklin County fan after Smith’s momentum carried him into the stands when he was fouled. The 6-4 junior made both free throws — the fan was removed from Spartan Bowl.
The Big Red led 18-4 after one quarter, 26-10 at halftime on a basket by Isaacs just before the buzzer, and 40-18 entering the final 8 minutes.
Garrett Silcott had 7 points and 4 assists for CHS with Tyler Billups also scoring 7 points. Chandler Graves had 5 points, Dalton Lee 3 and a blocked shot, Wes Smith and Dalton Huffman scored 2 each. Hunter Sullenbarger, Gavin Wickes, Braxton Revalee and Noah Belt played but did not score.
Senior guard Tyler Miller, who entered the game averaging 21.3 points, had 12 points to pace the Wildcats. Ben Krider added 5.
Tonight’s game at Lawrenceburg is CHS’ final conference game. The Tigers are 13-8, 2-4 in the EIAC after beating South Dearborn, 44-27, Friday night.
Note: Pairings for the 106th-annual IHSAA boys basketball tournament take place at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The pairings show can be seen on the www.IHSAAtv.org webstream
Indiana boy’s basketball scores, Feb. 19
Connersville area / games of interest
Connersville 57, Franklin County 27
Union County 58, Union City 50
Lawrenceburg 44, South Dearborn 27
Greenfield-Central 53, Rushville 37
Jennings County 63, Batesville 50
Seton Catholic 85, Cambridge City Lincoln 51
Northeastern 75, Winchester 53
Westfield 48, New Castle 42
Centerville 53, Tri 47
Shenandoah 53, Hagerstown 51
Mt. Vernon (Fortville) 53, New Palestine 45
Guerin Catholic 71, Pendleton Heights 65
Shelbyville 56, Delta 51
Jac-Cen-Del 50, Switzerland County 48
South Ripley 64, Rising Sun 45
Knightstown 72, Waldron 56
Eastern Hancock 71, Morristown 58
Milan 50, Indianapolis International 38
Columbus North 51, Bloomington North 41
Connersville area / of interest
Connersville at Lawrenceburg (EIAC)
East Central at Franklin County (EIAC)
Batesville at Beech Grove (2:30 p.m.)
Switzerland County at South Dearborn
Cambridge City Lincoln at Oldenburg Academy
Hagerstown at Knightstown
Avon at Greenfield-Central
Shelbyville at Waldron
Whiteland at New Palestine
Mr. Pizza, Cambridge City
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