Connersville will be the only area school playing on the hardwood tonight, as the Spartans travel to New Palestine to challenge the Dragons (11-7).
The junior varsity game begins at 6 p.m., the varsity contest tips off about 7:30.
The game originally was scheduled for last Saturday but was postponed due to the New Palestine girls team playing in the Class 4A Regional at Decatur Central.
CHS — 16-4 and 4-1 in Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference play — defeated East Central, 50-36, on Feb. 8 in conference action. The Trojans are also 4-1 in the EIAC, Greensburg is 4-2, Rushville is 4-3.
Connersville hosts Franklin County (7-12, 2-3 EIAC) Friday at Spartan Bowl and visits Lawrenceburg (12-7, 1-4) Saturday in its final two conference games.
The Wildcats entertain East Central Saturday, and the Trojans will complete EIAC play on Feb. 23 when they host Greensburg, currently 15-5 overall and rated 9th in the Associated Press poll.
The Spartans gradually pulled away from East Central to record their 16th win. Trailing 8-5, CHS got a reverse layin by Garrett Silcott, a 3-pointer by Dalton Lee, a steal and dunk by Silcott and a jump shot by Noah Belt to lead 14-11 lead after one quarter.
Head coach Kerry Brown’s team led 21-16 at halftime, and outscored the hosts, 29-20 in the final 16 minutes to win.
The Trojans got within 42-36 on an offensive rebound bucket by 6-6, 265-pound freshman Luke Collinsworth, but a steal and two baskets by Braxton Revalee, and layups by Drew Sherck and Silcott closed out the action.
Silcott finished with 17 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Lee scored 8 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished a pair of assists, Wes Smith and Belt both scored 6 points.
Clay Garrison had 5 points, 4 boards and 4 steals, Revalee and Sherck scored 4 points apiece. Belt added 3 assists and 2 steals.
Smith — who had the Spartans only shot block — and Silcott both got free for dunks after steals.
Tyler Koelling led East Central with 17 points, Collinsworth had 11, 9 in the second half.
Connersville’s Jr. Spartans also made it 16 wins in 20 games by beating the Trojans JV, 36-26.
Ethan Smith led CHS with 10 points, Colton Sullenbarger had 8, Sebastian Burch 6, Dylan Logan and Jonah Graham 4 each, Garrett Wickes 3, Tanner Brock and Trevor Young 1 each.
New Palestine, a potential Sectional 9 opponent for CHS, has won 7 of its last 9 games, the most recent a 55-54 victory over Shelbyville on Saturday.
The Arabians made 10-of-12 foul shots in the fourth quarter, and Shelbyville missed a desperation shot at the buzzer that would have won the game.
Gavin Hausz, a 6-5 senior, and 6-3 junior Dylan Romine scored 14 points each to lead New Palestine, Matthew True had 13 points and Dawson Eastes added 5. Romine recorded 8 rebounds.
True, a 6-0 junior, tops the Arabians in scoring at 12.3 points a game, Hausz averages 10.3, Romine averages 8.1 points and 3.9 rebounds and Eastes contributes 6.4 points and 3.9 boards.
NP’s top scorer, 6-0 sophomore Maximus Gizzi, has been sidelined due to injury since early January and is not expected to play. Gizzi averages 16.5 points and 5.2 assists.
Last season, CHS defeated the Arabians, 61-47, at Spartan Bowl.
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.
Sagarin ratings: CHS: 84.59 overall, 73.80 strength-of-schedule (77th), No. 21 4A, No. 30 all schools.
New Palestine: 78.11 overall, 73.90 strength-of-schedule (75th), No. 44 4A, No. 76 all schools.
(Stats via MaxPreps)
Several area and Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference schools will play Tuesday night, including Class 3A No. 2 New Castle (18-2) at Pendleton Heights (11-7) in a Hoosier Heritage Conference game, Union County (14-6) at East Central (13-7) and Rushville (5-14) hosting Oldenburg Academy (13-6).
Other area games of interest Tuesday include:
Hauser (14-6) at Lawrenceburg (12-7)
Seymour (10-8) at Greensburg (15-5)
Union City (4-15) at Centerville (8-11)
Knightstown (5-13) at Southwestern (Shelby) (9-11)
Liberty Christian (9-11) at Muncie Central (5-13)
Seton Catholic (5-16) at Tri (5-11)
Shenandoah (15-4) at Union (Modoc) (0-17)
Waldron (2-17) at Greenwood Christian (11-8)
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