By GREG MENGELT
> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
Rock Creek Academy outscored Christian Academy 26-1 in the second quarter on the road Friday, vaulting the visiting Lions to a 72-56 victory.
After falling behind 11-6 after the first quarter, Rock Creek forced 11 second-quarter turnovers and 25 for the game, outscoring the Warriors 66-45 over the final three periods.
“Our press caused them fits,” Rock Creek coach Chris Brown said. “Any time you go into an opponent’s gym — and a rival game — that’s a good win any time you can do that.”
Will Brown led the Lions with 16 points. He also had four assists and no turnovers.
“Will really stepped up,” Coach Brown said.
Gedeon Nzombi added a double-double with 11 points and 11 boards. The Warriors had crawled back to within eight points with about two minutes to play when Nzombi — a first-year basketball player — had a dunk and made an ensuing free throw to give the Lions a double-digit lead again.
“That was a really big play,” Coach Brown said.
Tanner Gerth added 14 points and Blake Joseph contributed with 12 for the Lions.
Christian Academy, which was led by Aaron Hayes with 22 points and DeVonta King with 15, outrebounded Rock Creek 34-30 and the Lions made just seven of their 18 free-throw attempts.
“Those are two things that need to improve,” Coach Brown said.
NEXT: Christian Academy (3-2) at Paoli, tonight; Rock Creek (4-2) at North Harrison, next Saturday.
• Mustangs earn first win, 62-57 over Southwestern: New Washington outscored Southwestern 16-8 in the third quarter to earn its first victory of the season, 62-57 over the Rebels.
New Wash led 30-29 at the break before putting together 12 strong minutes to take an 11-point lead with a little more than four minutes to play.
“I thought we were able to get some stops and get the ball inside when we needed to and strung those together,” New Wash coach Jonathan May said. “I thought that really made a difference.”
Dustin Cooper led the Mustangs with 13 points and also had five assists to just one turnover. Tim Cochran finished with 12 points and nine boards and Ian Hughes and Logan Miles scored 10 points apiece for New Wash.
“Eight guys play and eight guys contributed, either with rebounding or points or getting stops,” May said. “All of them played their roles well.”
The Rebels’ Darius Whitson-Stegal led all scorers with 17 points.
NEXT: New Washington (1-2) hosts Crothersville, Tuesday.
• Borden rolls to SAC victory: Borden led South Central 27-10 after one quarter and 44-16 at the half to improve to 2-0 in the Southern Athletic Conference with a 77-42 home victory on Friday.
“I thought we played exceptionally well,” Borden coach Doc Nash said. “It was a very good first half of basketball for us. We shot very well and played extremely hard defensively.”
After last Friday’s win over Lanesville, the Braves now stand three victories away from another SAC title. They go to Crothersville tonight to try to improve to 3-0 in the league.
“That’s another step toward another one of our goals,” Nash said. “We’ll take it and get ready for Crothersville in the morning.”
Borden’s Jalen McCoy and Josh Ruedinger scored 15 apiece to lead all scorers. Garrett Vick added 12 and Josh Vollstedt and Cody Bachman scored eight apiece for the Braves.
“I thought Josh Ruedinger came off the bench and played extremely well for us,” Nash said.
Jason Boston led the Rebels with 12 points.
NEXT: Borden (4-0) at Crothersville, tonight.
• Hornets suffer 86-34 setback: Henryville fell to 0-5 following an 86-34 loss to Austin on Friday.
For the fifth straight game, Tyler Collins scored more than half of the Hornets’ points with 18. Cody Reister added 10 for Henryville, which continues to be its own worst enemy.
“Just the turnovers again. They make it difficult to play with teams,” Henryville’s first-year coach Dan Carmony said. “They shoot themselves in the foot.”
Austin jumped on the Hornets early, taking a 27-9 lead after one quarter and a 50-19 halftime advantage.
“At the start of the game, again we were in a hole,” Carmony said. “When you get in a hole early, it’s tough. The good news is the sun will come up tomorrow and we’ll get back to work.”
NEXT: Henryville (0-5) hosts Lanesville, next Friday.
• Hornets come from behind to stun Providence: Trailing 24-8 at halftime, Henryville outscored Providence 38-20 in the second half for a stunning 46-44 upset of the Pioneers on Friday.
“In the second half, our girls did an excellent job attacking their zone,” Hornets coach Josh Conrad said of his young squad. “In the first half, we stood around on offense, which created their offense. Our guards changed the game in the second half by attacking areas of the zone and, for the most part, taking balanced shots.
Henryville freshman Emily Hollis led all scorers with 17 points, including both of the Hornets’ 3-pointers. Senior Jasmine Harrell added 10 points and Haley Huddleston scored eight for Henryville, which snapped a six-game losing streak.
“I’m very proud of our effort and intensity in the second half,” Conrad said.
Providence knocked down eight 3-pointers in the contest, led by Meredith Endris and Nichole Tucker, who hit three apiece. Michaela Hoke also made a pair.
Endris led the Pioneers with 13 points.
NEXT: Henryville (4-6) hosts West Washington, Tuesday; Providence (5-4) hosts Christian Academy, Thursday.
• Ricks’ double-double leads Mustangs past Southwestern: On Thursday, Caroline Ricks posted a double-double to lead New Albany past host Southwestern, 69-42.
Ricks had a game-high 18 points and a game-high 16 rebounds. Teammate Kriston Sarver scored 17 points, followed by the Mustangs’ Ashley Johnson with 15 points, a game-high five assists and a game-high two blocked shots. Also for New Wash, Courtney Amick had 10 points and a game-high four steals.
“Fortunately, we are continuing to take steps forward and it’s great to see production from multiple players,” Mustangs’ coach Terry White said. “We weren’t sure how we would react after our previous game [a 53-44 loss to Madison]. But we showed mental toughness and executed those things we needed to be successful.”
NEXT: New Washington (7-2) hosts Eastern, next Thursday.
— Kevin Harris contributed to the roundup