The Connersville Spartans will try to make it 5 straight wins when they host South Dearborn tonight in an Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference game at Spartan Bowl (7:30 p.m.).
CHS (4-0), which beat Pendleton Heights, 41-39, four nights ago, is seeking it’s 13th straight win in conference play and third consecutive EIAC title. The Knights (3-2) are coming off a 59-52 overtime win over Franklin County in EIAC action.
The Spartans likely are still pumped from their win over Pendleton Heights, a team CHS could meet again in sectional play next March at New Castle.
Garrett Silcott made 8-of-11 shots and 7-of-8 free throws to score 24 points against the Arabians. Silcott also registered 5 assists and 2 steals.
Grant Smith had 11 points and 7 rebounds and Beau Isaacs totaled 6 points and pulled down 10 boards as just three Spartans scored.
South Dearborn, a team with several capable long-range shooters, outscored Franklin County, 12-5, in the extra session, making 5-of-6 free throws in the last 90 seconds.
The Knights made 10-of-18 3-pointers against the Wildcats (56 percent) and shot 19-of-46 overall (41 percent).
Hunter Brindley scored 16 points to lead SD, Ethan Getz added 14, 5 in overtime, and Tyler Morehead chipped in 8.
A year ago, Connersville spanked South Dearborn, 73-35. The Spartans made 9-of-10 field goal attempts in the third quarter and shot over 60-percent for the game. The Big Red also knocked down 16-of-17 free throws (94.1 percent).
Noah Belt scored 13 points in the win, Grant Smith had 11. Tyler Billups, now playing at Manchester University, topped CHS with 24 points.
If you can’t make it to tonight’s game, you can listen to the action on Kmix 106.9 with announcers Sam Harvey and Dave Pollard. Kmix 106.9 can be accessed via the iTunes media player.
Connersville statistics (4-0)
Grant Smith: 16.3 p, 6.8 r, 2.3 a, 1.8 bks, 1.5 st
Garrett Silcott: 13.3 p, 6.3 a, 2.5 r, 2.3 st
Beau Isaacs: 7.5 p, 6.4 r, 1 st, 0.5 a
Dalton Huffman: 4.5 p, 2 r. 0.5 bks, 0.3 st
Noah Belt: 3.5 p, 1.8 r, 0.5 a, 0.3 st, 0.3 bks
Hunter Sullenbarger: 2.8 p, 1.8 r, 0.5 a
Gavin Wickes: 2.5 p, 0.5 r (2 gms)
Dalton Lee: 1.5 p, 1.5 r, 0.5 a, 0.3 st
Wes Smith: 1.3 p, 1.3 r, 0.3 st (3 gms)
Braxton Revalee: 0.5 p, 1.3 r, 1 a, 0.5 st
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