“I’m shooting the ball well right now, and hopefully I can keep that up and continue to do what my team needs me to do to win,” said McEwen, who registered a game-high 23 points.
While Clarksville obviously couldn’t maintain that 3-point marksmanship the entire game, the Generals sank two more in the second quarter and their eight treys before halftime propelled them to a 38-20 lead. Jeffersonville, coming off a victory the night before to previously-unbeaten Silver Creek, couldn’t recover from the initial Clarksville push and couldn’t get closer than eight after the first quarter.
“The first few minutes of the game were probably the biggest part,” said Jones, who tallied 14 points. “We went out and took it to them.”
Jeffersonville’s chances for a comeback were greatly diminished when junior Myles Harvey was hurt with 2:10 left in the second quarter and didn’t return. Harvey was fouled under the Red Devils’ basket and sent spiraling into the concrete base of the wall of the stage that forms the backdrop of one end of the court at Clarksville.
The back of Harvey’s head hit the wall. While appearing woozy, he did walk off the court with minimal assistance. Jeffersonville officials said he was taken to the hospital for further treatment.
Before he departed, Harvey posted eight points, including a pair of 3-pointers in the first quarter that kept Clarksville from an even larger margin.
A second delay occurred with 3:47 left in the third quarter when the gym was evacuated due to the threat of a tornado. The teams headed to their respective locker room and fans filed into the school hallways for a half-hour before play resumed.
“Very bizarre. I’ve never been a part of a weather delay like that,” Connell said. “You see that in baseball, not in December. It was weird going to the locker room and coming back out.”