The Connersville Spartans improved to 7-0 Tuesday night by turning back host Greenfield-Central, 44-37, in the second game of a girls-boys doubleheader between the schools.
Connersville’s Lady Spartans came up short in the opener against GC, losing to the the Lady Cougars, 44-29. The loss ends a 4-game winning streak for head coach Michael Thompson’s CHS girls’ squad (7-7).
Senior forward Grant Smith scored 19 points and nabbed 7 rebounds to lead Connersville. Smith made 10-of-12 free throws, 5-of-6 in the 4th quarter.
Beau Isaacs and Garrett Silcott scored 9 points apiece, Dalton Huffman had 5 points and Braxton Revalee added two free throws for the winners.
“We made some free throws down the stretch that we needed to make and Grant made some big free throws,” CHS head coach Kerry Brown told Kmix 106.9 radio afterwards. “It put the pressure on them (GC).”
The Spartans trailed just once — 4-2 — and led 21-15 at halftime. Connersville scored just 6 points in the 3rd quarter, two baskets by Silcott and one by Smith, but pesky defense by CHS held the Cougars to only 5 points.
GC cut the lead to 29-25 with 5 minutes remaining, but 2 free throws each by Smith and Isaacs, a reverse layup by Huffman, another charity toss by Smith and a lefty layin by Silcott gave the Big Red a 38-29 advantage with 1:11 remaining.
A breakaway slam by Smith and Revalee’s 2 free throws with 12.9 seconds left closed out the scoring.
Juniors Brian Long and Matt Turner scored 9 points each to top the Cougars (3-4).
The Spartans are off until Tuesday, Dec. 27, when they’ll take part in the annual Bob Wettig Tournament in Richmond.
CHS plays Indianapolis Tindley at 1:30 p.m. at Tiernan Center. The Tigers are 4-1 and rated 5th in Class A.
At 8:30 that night, Connersville will go against Class 4A Portage (1-5).
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