CLARKSVILLE — It wasn't a work of art.
But it was a win, and after nearly two weeks off from game action due to snow-related cancellations, Providence boys' basketball coach Lou Lefevre will take the 52-45 victory his Pioneers had over visiting Scottsburg at the Robert L. Larkin Center on Saturday night.
"It was good for us. We needed the practice," Lefevre said of his 2-0 Pioneers, who had games against Austin and Madison postponed last weekend. "There was so much for us to go over — so many kids that had never played on this team before. They didn't like missing the games, but I think it helped us."
It appeared that Providence was going to blow Scottsburg out of the gymnasium at the outset. The Pioneer defense put the clamps on the Warriors, holding them to one field goal in the first quarter and without a shot attempt for nearly five minutes during the first frame as they compiled a 15-3 lead.
Scottsburg began whittling away at the Providence lead during the second quarter, and after a 3-pointer from Braxton Soloe, cut the advantage to 25-19 with just over a minute remaining in the first half.
On Providence's final possession of the first half, freshman Juston Betz nailed a 3-pointer from the top of the key to give the Pioneers a 28-19 advantage at intermission.
"That was huge," Lefevre said. "We got up to a pretty big lead, and they came back, and that maybe took a little bit of their confidence away going into halftime."
That wouldn't be the only critical trey Betz hit. After 6-foot-4 Scottsburg forward Christian Barrett threw in a jump-hook in the lane with 2:39 remaining in the contest, the Warriors closed the gap to 42-39 — the slimmest margin Providence would lead by since the early going.