Spartans stymie Rushville for EIAC win

Spartans stymie Rushville for EIAC win

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Utilizing a pestering defense all night and showing patience for an offensive game to develop that was lacking in the first quarter, the Connersville Spartans turned it on Friday night to blast host Rushville, 45-15, in an Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference game at Memorial Gymnasium.

On top 7-5 after the first quarter, CHS limited the Lions to just 2 points in the second quarter, 5 in the third and 3 in the fourth, the final points coming on a 3-pointer with a minute left in the game. 

Connersville, ranked 22nd in the Associated Press Class 4A poll, improved to 2-0 overall, 1-0 in EIAC play. CHS plays at No. 20 Shelbyville tonight in a non-conference game. The Golden Bears (2-1) lost to Columbus North Friday night, 73-67, in overtime. Rushville (0-2) plays at New Palestine (0-2) tonight. 

Beau Isaacs: 10 points and 6 rebounds against Rushville. (File Photo by Doug Jordan)

Beau Isaacs scored 10 points to lead a balanced scoring attack that saw all 10 Spartans score. Grant Smith added 7 points, Garrett Silcott, Noah Belt and Dalton Huffman 6 each, Hunter Sullenbarger had 3, Dalton Lee and Wes Smith scored 2 apiece and Gavin Wickes added a free throw. 

Sean Taylor, Ike Sheehan and Gage Rosenfeld each scored 3 points to top the Lions, who did not shoot a free throw.

Head coach Kerry Brown lauded the Spartans for their defensive effort and offensive execution, noting the importance of quarter-ending plays that saw Connersville get a 3-pointer by Belt to push the CHS advantage to 21-7 at halftime, and a layup by Revalee that made it 31-12 entering the final 8 minutes.


“Those things are daggars,” noted Brown. “We did a lot of good things tonight. We always try to play defense with our bodies and our feet without slapping and we did that. Our defense was able to keep them out of the lane. We’re going to have to play well tonight at Shelbyville.”

The Jr. Spartans made it a clean sweep, defeating the Lions reserves, 47-43, to improve to 2-0.

Kmix 106.9 fm, Connersville

If you can’t make it to tonight’s game, you can listen to the action on Kmix 106.9 fm, featuring announcers Sam Harvey and Dave Pollard. Kmix 106.9 can be accessed via the iTunes media player. 

Tonight’s games 

Connersville area / games of interest 

Connersville (2-0) at Shelbyville (2-1)

Richmond (1-2) at East Central (1-0)

Rushville (0-2) at New Palestine (0-2)

Centerville (2-1) at Franklin County (1-0)

Batesville (1-0) at Greensburg (2-0)

New Castle (3-0) at Anderson (0-2)

Milan (0-1) at Lawrenceburg (0-0)

Knightstown (0-3) at Hagerstown (2-0)

Carmel (2-0) at Pendleton Heights (3-0)

Greenfield-Central (1-1) at Perry Meridian (1-2)

Mt. Vernon (Fortville) (1-2) at Decatur Central (0-2)

Photos by Doug Jordan, 265-1230

Friday’s scores 

Connersville area / games of interest

Connersville 45, Rushville 15

Columbus North 73, Shelbyville 67 (OT)


Indianapolis North Central 105, Richmond 51

Cambridge City 69, Union (Modoc) 47

Union County 72, Knightstown 42

East Central 51, Milan 36

Pendleton Heights 53, Lapel 50

Greenfield-Central 58, Indianapolis Marshall 44

Mt. Vernon (Fortville) 68, Covenant Christian 49

New Castle 57, Hamilton Heights 48

Northeastern 60, Centerville 38

South Dearborn 53, Jac-Cen-Del 28

Tri 63, Blue River 53

Randolph Southern 54, Union City 46

Winchester 52, Wapahani 46

Shenandoah 66, New Palestine 50

South Decatur 55, North Decatur 54

Morristown 76, Indianapolis Lutheran 59

Oldenburg Academy 55, Edinburgh 39 

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