No. 16 Spartans host Batesville in conference play

No. 16 Spartans host Batesville in conference play

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The Connersville Spartans received some recognition and respect this week, earning the No. 16 rating in the Associated Press Class 4A poll.

That recognition is fine, but head coach Kerry Brown, his coaching staff and the players are more interested in remaining unbeaten in the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference.

CHS (14-1, 3-0 EIAC) gets the chance to stay perfect in conference play tonight when it hosts Batesville at Spartan Bowl (7:30 p.m.) The Bulldogs are 7-5 overall, 2-1 in the EIAC.

“It’s a conference game, so it’s the most important game for us this week — more important than our win over New Castle, which was a huge win,” said CHS head coach Kerry Brown. “We have to win our conference games.”

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Head coach Kerry Brown provides some instructions to (from left) Hunter Sullenbarger, Beau Isaacs and Noah Belt during Connersville’s win over New Castle. (Photo by Doug Jordan) — http://photosbydougj.com/

Batesville beat Franklin County, 51-46, Friday night. Robert Raver, a 6-4 sophomore, scored 13 points for the winners, senior Peyton Meyer had 9 points and 5-11 junior Isaac Barker tallied 7. 

The Bulldogs lost to Greensburg, 44-39, in an EIAC game on Jan. 12. Prior to that, Batesville won the Ripley County Tournament, defeating Milan, 47-46, and South Ripley, 64-61. 

In the latter win, Barker had 17 points, 6 assists and 2 steals to lead Batesville, with 5-8 senior Gunnar Olsen adding 15 points on 5-of-9 3-point shooting. 

Garrett Burkhart, a 6-2 senior, made 4-of-6 3-pointers and scored 14 points, Raver, who has been playing well recently, finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds and Lane Westerfeld, a 6-2 junior, scored 8 points.

Tristan Lamppert, a 6-4 junior, and 5-11 sophomore Trey Heidlage are capable of putting points on the board for coach Aaron Garrett’s team.

“They’ve got some scrappy, talented kids and they’ve got some good shooters,” Brown said. “Olsen shoots it really well, Barker is a good shooter and Raver is really good on the boards.

“But,” the coach continued, “the thing I remember about Batesville is they gave us everything we could handle last year. I imagine we can anticipate the same kind of game.”

The Bulldogs utilized an extremely deliberate offensive attack last season but CHS prevailed, winning 39-28.

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Members of the Spartanettes dance team prepare to perform during a time out in the Connersville-New Castle game. (File photo by Doug Jordan) — http://photosbydougj.com/

The Spartans — winners of 16 straight EIAC contests — likely are still pumped and ready to go after their 52-51 overtime victory over New Castle Tuesday night at the Bowl.

A 7-0 run to open overtime gave Connersville enough cushion to overcome four missed foul shots in the final 1:11.

The Big Red’s top 3 scorers on the season all reached double figures against the Trojans.

Grant Smith finished with 18 points, 14 rebounds and 9 assists, Beau Isaacs had 16 points and 4 rebounds and Garrett Silcott totaled 13 points and 2 assists. Hunter Sullenbarger and Noah Belt rounded out the scoring with 3 and 2 points, respectively.

Connersville made 18-of-43 field goal attempts against New Castle, 12-for-25 on 2-point shots and 6-of-18 from behind the 3-point line. CHS was an uncharacteristic 10-for-18 from the free throw line (55.5 percent).

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Garrett Silcott makes a move against New Castle’s Luke Bumbalough. (File photo by Doug Jordan) — http://photosbydougj.com/

Smith averages 16.9 points, 9.9 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.5 shot blocks. Isaacs checks in at 12.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists, Silcott averages 11.6 points, 4.1 assists and 3.4 caroms, Belt scores 7.0 points a game and Dalton Huffman averages 4.5 points and 2.4 rebounds.

“We’ve been working hard, we need to win this conference game,” Brown said. “Our practices have been diligent, we’ll be prepared.”

 

Sagarin ratings: Connersville: 82.16 overall, 68.71 strength-of-schedule (144th), No. 39 in 4A, No. 49 all schools. 

Batesville: 62.89 overall, 65.18 strength-of-schedule (180th), No. 63 in 3A, No. 231 all schools. 

 

If you can’t make it to the Bowl, 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.

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Kmix 106.9 fm, Connersville

A livestream of the game can be seen on the SEI Local Sports website. 

 

Connersville statistics (14-1) 

Grant Smith: 16.9 p, 9.9 r, 5.3 a, 1.7 st, 1.5 bks 

Beau Isaacs: 12.3 p, 5.3 r, 1.3 a, 0.5 st 

Garrett Silcott: 11.6 p, 4.1 a, 3.4 r, 1.1 st, 0.2 bks 

Dalton Huffman: 4.5 p, 2.4 r, 0.7 st, 0.3 a, 0.2 bks 

Noah Belt: 7 p, 1.4 r, 0.8 a, 0.4 st 

Hunter Sullenbarger: 2.5 p, 0.9 r, 0.3 a 

Braxton Revalee: 0.6 p, 0.8 r, 0.6 a, 0.3 st  

Dalton Lee: 1.3 p, 1.0 r, 0.4 a, 0.1 st, 0.1 bks (14 gms) 

Wes Smith: 1.1 p, 0.8 r, 0.5 a, 0.2 st (11 gms) 

Gavin Wickes: 1.7 p, 0.3 r (9 gms) 

 

Tonight’s games

Connersville area / of interest 

Batesville (7-5, 2-1 EIAC) at Connersville (14-1, 3-0 EIAC, 4A No. 16)

Franklin County (5-8) at Milan (5-7)

Greensburg (8-5) at South Decatur (7-8)

Harrison (Ohio) (2-12) at East Central (10-3)

Jac-Cen-Del (2-11) at Lawrenceburg (9-4)

Dayton Belmont (6-7-1)••• at Richmond (5-11)

Muncie Central (3-10) at Indianapolis North Central (13-2, 4A No. 1) (5:30 p.m.)

Rushville (1-13) at Morristown (7-6)

Cambridge City Lincoln (9-3) at Cowan (5-8)

Northeastern (11-3, 2A No. 5) at Pendleton Heights (11-3)

Delta (11-3) at Hagerstown (13-2, 2A No. 9)

North Decatur (4-9) at Union County (5-9)

Jennings County (10-4) at South Dearborn (4-10)

Daleville (2-11) at Tri (5-8)

(••• = The Dayton Belmont-Piqua, Ohio game in late December was declared a 0-0 tie)

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Photos by Doug Jordan, 265-1230 — http://photosbydougj.com/

 

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