Spartans begin defense of Sectional 9 title

Spartans begin defense of Sectional 9 title

 

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Connersville’s seniors — players and cheerleaders — gather in the center of the Spartan Bowl floor after CHS clinched its 4th-consecutive EIAC championship. (Photo by Doug Jordan) http://photosbydougj.com/

Considering the results of the regular season match-up between the schools, it would be somewhat understandable if the Connersville Spartans defensive strategy against Greenfield-Central would be — back off whomever the shooter is and let that player jack up a 3.

If only it was that easy.

When CHS defeated the Cougars, 40-25, on December 19 at Spartan Bowl, Greenfield-Central shot just 11-of-32 from the floor, including a dismal 1-of-14 effort from 3-point land.

Connersville didn’t fare much better, making just 10 shots in 35 attempts overall and 2-of-13 from behind the arc. 

But the Spartans made 18-of-23 free throws and outrebounded the taller Cougars, 27-21, to turn a game that was 5-3 after one quarter, and 14-13 at halftime, into a 15-point victory.

The Big Red was off to the races after outscoring GC, 19-2 in the third period.

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Connersville point guard Garrett Silcott floats to the hoop for 2 points against Northeastern. Silcott has scored 1,000 points during his CHS career. (Photo by Doug Jordan) http://photosbydougj.com/

The Spartans (20-4) and Cougars (7-15) will go at it again Tuesday when they tip off Class 4A Sectional 9 play at Tiernan Center in Richmond (6 p.m.). 

Pendleton Heights (11-12) and New Palestine (13-9) meet in Tuesday’s second game (7:30).

Connersville is vying for its third consecutive Sectional 9 championship.

The Spartans-Cougars regular season contest wasn’t a thing of beauty, and CHS head coach Kerry Brown does not expect a repeat performance by either team.

“They didn’t shoot the ball well and we just happened to shoot it poorly that night, too,” Brown said Sunday night. “What matters is what we do Tuesday night and I’m sure we’ll shoot the ball better.

“Greenfield-Central is a better team that its record indicates so we have to execute our game plan, play well and get the win.”

Man-to-man defense will be utilized by both teams. CHS has the best defensive average of all 4A schools, giving up just 39.4 points a game. The Cougars’ opponents average 55.1 points an outing.

Playing in two sectionals and winning a pair of titles is extremely valuable experience the Spartans will bring to the Tiernan Center court Tuesday.

However, Brown notes that the experience GC gained in last year’s sectional at New Castle will be a plus for the Hancock County school. 

The Cougars outlasted Pendleton Heights, 64-57, in double overtime in a first-round game before losing to the Trojans, 57-32, in the semifinals.

“I think they gained some valuable experience, especially winning a game that took two overtimes. That experience can’t hurt them,” he said.

Will O’Connor, a 6-6 senior, averages 16.7 points and 4.5 rebounds to lead first-year head coach Lukas Hayworth’s squad. Six-two Matt Turner, also a senior, averages 12 points and 4.5 rebounds.

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Seniors Braxton Revalee and Dalton Lee (right) will try to make it 3 straight sectional championships during their days as Connersville Spartans. (Photo by Doug Jordan) http://photosbydougj.com/

Senior guard Garrett Silcott — who scored 17 points in Connersville’s 34-22 win over Northeastern to give him 1,000 points during his stellar career — averages 15.8 points and 5.2 boards to lead CHS.

Junior forward Noah Belt also scores in double figures (10.4 ppg) and grabs 3.3 rebounds a game.

Brown, now in his 9th year as the Spartans’ coach, said the Big Red will be fired up and ready to play Tuesday, with the game plan ready and the utilization of a theme very familiar around the program.

“It’s the Spartan Way. It’s not about the individual it’s about the team,” he said enthusiastically. “It’s about the team, it’s all about the team — the Spartan Way.”

Besides O’Connor and Turner, the Cougars main contributors include:

• 6-8 senior Brian Long: 9.7 points, 9.9 rebounds, 1 block, 0.8 assists;

• 6-1 sophomore Logan Graddy: 6.5 p, 3.3 r, 2.5 a;

• 6-0 sophomore Brady Mundell: 4 p, 2.5 r;

• 5-10 sophomore Caleb Mundell: 1.8 p, 1.6 a. 

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If you can’t make it to the games, 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: 85.09 overall, 73.34 strength-of-schedule (79th), No. 22 4A, No. 29 all schools.
Greenfield-Central: 71.51 overall, 74.50 strength-of-schedule (66th), No. 73 4A, No. 128 all schools. 

Notes: According to the 2018 CHS Cheerblock‏ group on Twitter — @chscheerblockk — the theme for Tuesday’s game is ‘jersey night.’ … In Friday’s semifinal action, the winner between Connersville and Greenfield-Central plays Mt. Vernon (Fortville) (13-9) at 6 p.m., with tournament host Richmond (8-16) challenging either Pendleton Heights or New Palestine at 7:30. … The Cougars are 3-2 in their last 5 games. … GC lost 8 straight between Dec. 29-Feb. 8. … CHS has won 8 straight. … Brown is 143-80 so far in 9 years as the Spartans coach. His record in 17 years as a head coach is 225-178. 

 

Connersville statistics (20-4)

Garrett Silcott: 380 pts / 15.8 ppg, 5.2 r, 2.5 a, 2.2 st, 0.3 bk

Noah Belt: 250 pts / 10.4 ppg, 3.3 r, 1.5 a, 1.2 st

Jacob Brown: 126 pts / 5.3 ppg, 3.2 r, 0.5 bk, 0.4 st, 0.3 a

Dalton Lee: 119 pts / 5 ppg, 2.3 r, 1.5 a, 0.6 st

Wes Smith: 103 pts / 4.3 ppg, 2.9 r, 0.6 a, 0.2 st

Clay Garrison: 84 pts / 3.8 ppg, 1.3 r, 1.3 st, 1.2 a (22 games)

Braxton Revalee: 74 pts / 3.4 ppg, 1.8 a, 1.4 r, 0.7 st

Drew Sherck: 34 pts / 1.5 ppg, 0.8 r, 0.2 st (23 games)

Tyler Combs: 17 pts / 0.8 ppg, 0.8 r, 0.3 a (22 games)

Garrett Wickes: 11 pts / 0.6 ppg, 0.4 r, 0.2 a (20 games)

Jonah Graham: 6 pts / 0.9 ppg, 0.1 r, 0.1 a (7 games)

Dalton Ailes: 8 pts / 0.8 ppg, 0.1 r (10 games)

Ethan Smith: 4 pts / 0.5 ppg, 0.4 r (8 games)

Dylan Logan: 3 pts / 0.5 ppg, 0.3 r, 0.2 a (6 games)

(Stats via MaxPreps) 

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Connersville’s Braxton Revalee, Clay Garrison and Garrett Silcott (left to right) catch a breather during a brief break in the Spartans-Northeastern game on Feb. 20. (Photo by Doug Jordan) http://photosbydougj.com/

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2018 IHSAA sectional pairings 

Class 4A Sectional 9
(at Tiernan Center, Richmond)

Game 1 • Connersville (20-4) vs Greenfield-Central (7-15) (Tuesday, 6 p.m.)

Game 2 • Pendleton Heights (11-12) vs New Palestine (13-9) (Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.)

Game 3 • Mt. Vernon (Fortville) (13-9) vs winner Connersville-Greenfield-Central (Friday, 6 p.m.)

Game 4 • Richmond (8-16) vs winner Pendleton Heights-New Palestine (Friday, 7:30 p.m.)
Championship game, Saturday (7:30 p.m.)

 

Sectional pairings: Connersville area schools

 

4A Sectional 14
(at Columbus East)

Game 1 • Shelbyville (16-8) vs Columbus North (13-10) Tuesday

Game 2 • Bloomington South (23-2, No. 5) vs Bloomington North (6-16) Tuesday

Game 3 • Columbus East (12-10) vs winner Game 1, Friday

Game 4 • East Central (14-9) vs winner Game 2, Friday
Championship game, Saturday

 

3A Sectional 29
(at Greensburg)

Game 1 • Rushville (8-14) vs Batesville (14-8) Tuesday

Game 2 • Madison (9-14) vs Franklin County (7-14) Wednesday

Game 3 • South Dearborn (5-18) vs Lawrenceburg (13-10) Wednesday

Game 4 • Greensburg (18-5) vs winner Game 1, Friday

Game 5 • winner Game 2 vs winner Game 3, Friday
Championship game. Saturday

 

3A Sectional 24
(at New Castle)

Game 1 • New Castle (22-2, No. 1) vs Hamilton Heights (9-13) Tuesday

Game 2 • Blackford (14-8) vs Yorktown (6-15) Tuesday

Game 3 • Muncie Burris 5-17vs winner Game 1, Friday

Game 4 • Delta (17-6) vs winner Game 2, Friday
Championship game, Saturday

 

2A Sectional 41
(at Hagerstown)

Game 1 • Cambridge City Lincoln (11-11) vs Union County (17-6) Tuesday

Game 2 • Northeastern (13-10) vs Winchester (7-13) Tuesday

Game 3 • Hagerstown (15-7) vs winner Game 1, Friday

Game 4 • Centerville (11-12) vs winner Game 2, Friday
Championship game, Saturday 

 

Season results 

Connersville (20-4) 

Union County W 63-40

Delta W 41-27

Rushville W 46-36 •

Shelbyville W 35-34

Pendleton Heights L 33-30 (OT)

at South Dearborn W 71-46 •

Richmond W 57-49 (2 OT)

Greenfield-Central W 40-25

Northwest HomeSchool W 54-36 (Bob Wettig Tournament)

Indianapolis Attucks W 58-51 (Bob Wettig Tournament)

Indianapolis Cathedral L 63-46 (Bob Wettig Tournament)

Richmond W 62-33 (Bob Wettig Tournament)

Greensburg W 44-42 (OT) •

at New Castle L 48-37

Muncie Central W 63-36

at Batesville L 49-48 •

Mt. Vernon (Fortville) W 42-37 (OT)

Indianapolis Manual W 52-35

at Centerville W 63-34

at East Central W 50-36 •

at New Palestine W 65-56

Franklin County W 65-42 •

at Lawrenceburg W 53-35 •

Northeastern W 34-22

Feb. 27 vs Greenfield-Central, Class 4A Sectional 9

(• = Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference)

Greenfield-Central (7-15)

at Beech Grove L 58-48

Perry Meridian W 49-40

at Westfield L 44-42 (OT)

at New Palestine L 56-44

Yorktown W 67-47

at Connersville L 40-25

Indian Creek W 56-55 (OT)

Gary 21st Century L 43-36 (holiday tourney)

Indianapolis Herron W 86-52 (holiday tourney)

Heritage Christian L 47-34 (holiday tourney)

Mt. Vernon (Fortville) L 96-91 (4 OT)

New Castle L 73-55

at Shelbyville L 59-57

Pendleton Heights L 62-51

Bedford North Lawrence L 63-47

at Delta L 57-53 (OT)

at Greenwood L 43-39

Knightstown W 71-46

Franklin County W 63-49

at Rushville L 53-48 (OT)

at Avon W 53-44

Plainfield L 86-79 (OT)

Feb. 27 vs Connersville, Class 4A Sectional 9 

 

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