> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
After Rock Creek opened the season with a hard-fought loss to Clarksville then back-to-back wins over ranked teams in Attica and Loogootee, it appeared it may be a special season for the Lions.
Then came this past weekend.
Rock Creek allowed rival Christian Academy to come in and steal a victory on Friday then it took a 20-point loss to Louisville Iroquois at Saturday’s Louisville Hoopsfest.
The Lions had a chance to win both games but free throws cost them on Friday and the Raiders pulled away in the fourth quarter on Saturday behind 27 points from Devon Johnson.
Rock Creek coach Chris Brown said he hopes his team learned some lessons from the two contests.
“When it comes down to close games against great teams, you have to do the little things,” Brown said. “We squandered some shots and missed free throws. We left too many points at the free throw line.”
Brown said on Friday that, despite forcing 25 turnovers, his team didn’t play well enough of the defensive end to win.
“It comes down to the little things,” Brown said. “We can only get better. It puts things into perspective. Maybe we’re not as good as we thought we were. [Friday’s loss] was a humbling loss. We’re going to have to fix some things if we’re going to beat good teams.”
There are still several unbeaten teams in Southern Indiana high school basketball, led by Borden’s girls, who are now ranked 12th in Class A after a 6-0 start. Borden beat Lanesville 57-17 and Mitchell 46-34 last week and should cruise into its Jan. 9 battle with rival Silver Creek at 9-0.
On the boys’ side, Jeffersonville went 2-0 over the weekend for a 2-0 start. The Devils are 2-0 in Hoosier Hills Conference play, as well.
In the Mid-Southern Conference, Clarksville (4-0) and Silver Creek (3-0) are tied atop the conference standings at 2-0 with Brownstown Central.
Of course, Borden’s boys — the third-ranked defending state champions — are 4-0 after wins over South Central and Crothersville over the weekend. The Braves beat the Rebels and Tigers by a combined 55 points in the first two conference games of the 2013-14 season.
Providence is now 2-0 after a 52-45 win over Scottsburg on Friday.