A winning streak that began over three years ago by the Connersville Spartans came to an end Saturday night against a hot-shooting Batesville Bulldogs team.
Senior Isaac Barker drilled all 5 of his 3-point attempts, made 8-of-9 shots he attempted and scored 27 points to help the host Bulldogs defeat CHS, 49-48, in Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference play. The loss ends the Spartans streak at 23 games.
Barker, who also had 5 assists and 3 steals, made five free throws in the final 4 minutes, and blocked a CHS shot at the final horn to secure the win. One of the 5-11 guard’s treys was a 65-foot heave that beat the halftime buzzer.
The loss is Connersville’s first in conference play since Dec. 5, 2014, when Rushville beat the Spartans, 38-35, at Memorial Gym. CHS is 12-4 overall, 3-1 in EIAC play. Batesville is 8-5, 2-2.
East Central (10-3 overall) is 2-0 in conference games, Greensburg is 3-1. The 13-3 Pirates, rated 6th in the Class 3A Associated Press poll, host Lawrenceburg Thursday night. The Tigers are 10-3, 2-1.
Batesville led by as much as 9 in the first quarter and had a 15-8 advantage at the first stop, but CHS put together a 10-0 run to pull ahead, 16-15.
The scoring streak included an offensive rebound bucket by 6-6 Jacob Brown, two nice inside hoops by Garrett Silcott, a short basket by Dalton Lee and a layup by Noah Belt after a steal.
The game was knotted at 23 before Isaacs’ bomb gave the hosts a 26-23 lead at the half.
Trailing 36-28 with 4:23 remaining in the third quarter, CHS trimmed the deficit to 41-39 on consecutive 3-pointers by Silcott, Lee and Belt, and a layup by Brown off a nice pass from Silcott.
Another 3-pointer by Lee gave head coach Kerry Brown’s squad a 46-44 advantage with 2:28 to play, but four free throws by Barker and one by Robert Raver sealed the Spartans’ fate.
Silcott, who topped Connersville with 18 points, scored the game’s final points on a layin with 4 seconds left.
Belt and Brown both scored 9 points, Lee’s pair of 3s gave him 6, Wes Smith finished with 4 points and a team-high 7 rebounds, and Braxton Revalee had 2 points and 2 assists.
Brown pulled down 4 boards and had 1 steal, Belt nabbed 2 rebounds, Clay Garrison and Tyler Combs had 1 rebound each with Garrison also recording an assist.
Shooting the ball: The Spartans were 19-of-42 overall (45%), making 15-of-28 2-point shots (54%) and 4-of-14 3-pointers (29%). CHS made all of its free throws — but shot just 6. Batesville was 9-for-13 from the stripe.
The Bulldogs made 16 shots in 26 attempts (62%), 8-of-14 2-pointers (57%) and 8-of-12 from 3-point land (67%).
Colt Meyer scored 9 points for the winners, Tyler Meyers added 7.
The Jr. Spartans notched another win, beating the Bulldogs’ JV, 37-29.
CHS faces a tough doubleheader weekend at Spartan Bowl with both games tipping off at 7:30 p.m.
Mt. Vernon (Fortville) (7-6) will provide the opposition on Friday, with Indianapolis Manual (9-6) visiting the Bowl Saturday.
Manual plays at 2A No. 12 Indianapolis Howe (12-5) Friday.
(Stats via MaxPreps)
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