By CHRIS STONER
FLOYDS KNOBS —
The nightcap of the Floyd Central Shootout saw the victors both have strong second half surges en route to wins.
The host Highlanders shot 58 percent in the second half to move past Indianapolis Homeschool 71-56 and rolled into Saturday’s championship game, while Class 4A No. 10 Bloomington South held Jeffersonville to 30 percent shooting over the last two periods to claim a 55-38 victory.
The Highlanders will face Louisville Ballard in the championship game. The Red Devils went 0-2 on the day and will face Fern Creek (Ky.) in this morning’s fifth-place game.
HIGHLANDERS DOWN TRAILBLAZERS
The Highlanders placed four players in double-figures to capture their second win of the day.
After trailing 15-13 at the end of the opening period, Shelby Rost poured in all 10 of her points in the second frame to power the host to a 32-24 halftime lead. The senior guard hit two 3s in the final minute of the first half to give her team momentum heading to the locker room.
“She stepped up,” Floyd head coach Kirk Hamsley said of Rost, who hit two 3s in the final minute of the first half. “She was kind of surprised she hit that little 12-foot jump shot and that got her going. She’s the type of kid if she quits thinking about things and just plays, she’s a pretty good player. I don’t think she had any turnovers tonight and she kept shooting well. She did a great job.”
Floyd’s defense put the clamps on the Blazers in the third period, holding them to 2 of 11 shooting en route to a 16-point lead heading to the final stanza.
“We tried to get more pressure on double zero,” Hamsley said of Blazer star Dani Brewer, who pumped in a game-high 24 points. “They were trying to get her in a position to score. We tried to double her when she came off screens and tried to make her give up the ball. Making her pick the ball up helped us a lot.”
Brooke Hinton ensured the Floyd win by scoring 12 of her team high 18 in the fourth quarter. The senior was 6 of 7 from the foul line and found center Brianna Roth for easy buckets in the paint on multiple occasions.
“Brooke understood better than the rest of our kids that the middle of the floor was open,” Hamsley said. “They were out covering us on the wings and the baseline and Brooke understood the lane was open. She got to the rim, made a few buckets and got to the line.”
SOUTH KNOCKS OFF JEFF
The Red Devils found themselves trailing 18-10 after a Lauren Whitlatch 3 with 6:35 remaining in the second period. Jeff proceeded to turn up the heat and finish the first half on an 8-3 run to close within 21-18 at intermission. The Panthers shot just 2 of 9 from the floor in the second frame.
South, however, came out firing in the third quarter and took control of the game. The Panthers doubled up Jeff 20-10 in the third as Whitlatch pumped in seven of her game high 20 as the Conference Indiana school led by 13 heading to the final period.
“We didn’t come out with any intensity,” Jeff head coach Mike Warren said of the third frame. “We talked about the first three minutes [of the third period] being so important, but we just didn’t show up. We didn’t execute our stuff and they did. They hit 3s and we missed bunnies and the next thing you know we’re down 15. I thought we stopped competing there for a little while.”
Jeff shot just 36 percent overall and was 0 of 7 from behind the 3-point arc in its second loss of the day. Jeff fell to Ballard 40-37 in its opener.
“Our offense right now is sputtering and that’s my responsibility,” Warren said. “I’m the head coach and we have to do something different on offense to get a better flow. I think there in the fourth quarter even though we were down big and didn’t have our starters in, we spread them out and started attacking. We talked about that during the first 28 minutes but unfortunately we waited too late to start doing that.”
Haley Vogen was the only Red Devil in double-figures with 11. South keyed on Jeff’s starting center in the second half, limiting Vogen to just three points in the second 16 minutes.
“We made it a point to start the game to go inside to her,” Warren said. “We need to do that more often. We don’t do that enough. Sometimes we don’t realize how big of an asset we have [in Vogen]. Once she started scoring in there they just surrounded her.”
FLOYD CENTRAL 71, INDIANAPOLIS HOMESCHOOL 56
HomeSchool 13 19 16 23—56
Floyd Central 15 9 8 24—71
Indianapolis HomeSchool: Dani Brewer 24, Crystal Plasters 3, Randi Ohler 3, Sydney Buis 5, RJ Riepe 4, Alyssa Poer 9, Shelby Hamilton 8.
Floyd Central (4-6): Kailey Price4 , Madison Kaiser 16, Shelby Rost 10, Brooke Hinton 18, Riley Kaiser 8, Abbie Engle 3, Brianna Roth 12.
3-point field goals: Indianapolis HomeSchool 3-12 (Brewer 2, Poer), Floyd Central 2-13 (Rost 2).
Rebounds: Indianapolis HomeSchool 37, Floyd Central 40.
Turnovers: Indianapolis HomeSchool 18, Floyd Central 20.
Field goal shooting: Indianapolis HomeSchool 19-60, Floyd Central 28-56.
3-point field goal shooting: Indianapolis HomeSchool 3-12, Floyd Central 2-13.
Free throw shooting: Indianapolis HomeSchool 15-24, Floyd Central 13-21.
BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 55, JEFFERSONVILLE 38
Bloom. South 12 9 20 14—55
Jeffersonville 8 10 10 10—38
Bloomington South (10-2): Annie Gillard 7, Chersie Otter 2, Denise Azcui 3, Morgan Bivins 2, Megan Grabowski 2, Lauren Whitlatch 20, Jacqueline Forney 7, Josie Utley 10, Mackenzie McNew 2.
Jeffersonville (7-4): Chelsie Marshall 6, Chelsea Lewis 4, Nycia Ford 3, Catera Stevenson 2, Hailey Lacy 3, Haley Vogen 11, Aurreeshae Hines 6, Makenzie Johnson 2, Jhala Henry 1.
3-point field goals: Bloomington South 7 (Whitlatch 3, Otter, Forney, Utley, McNew), Jeffersonville 0.
Rebounds: Bloomington South 31, Jeffersonville 23.
Turnovers: Bloomington South 13, Jeffersonville 9.
Field goal shooting: Bloomington South 18-39, Jeffersonville 16-44.
3-point field goal shooting: Bloomington South 7-14, Jeffersonville 0-7.
Free throw shooting: Bloomington South 12-14, Jeffersonville 6-12.