By GREG MENGELT
> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
Silver Creek’s girls’ basketball team let a double-digit lead slip away Saturday against Charlestown, but the Dragons made the plays in the final minute for a 47-46 Mid-Southern Conference.
Charlestown led by a point with 1:15 remaining when Alex Tinsley took a baseline pass from Emily Clayton, scored the go-ahead basket and knocked down an ensuing free throw for a two-point lead.
The Dragons went 5-for-5 from the foul line down the stretch. They led 47-44 when Charlestown’s Kaitlynn Henning got into the Silver Creek lane. Finding no open Pirates, Henning scored to pull within 47-46.
With no timeouts left, Silver Creek let time expire to improve to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in conference play. The Pirates fell to 2-4 overall and 0-3 in the MSC.
“It’s the first time all season we had to make a key play and we did that tonight,” Silver Creek coach Scott Schoen said. “We very easily could have folded. We have a senior-laden bunch, so you expect to win close games. We’ve been through it enough.”
“The last minute was crazy,” Charlestown coach Sam Terrell said. “It was a great effort on both sides.”
Silver Creek jumped out to an 18-13 lead after one quarter and a 27-17 halftime edge before the Pirates made their run.
“We got off to a great start,” Schoen said. “We finally shot the ball like we can. Fortunately, we did. If not, it probably would have been a different result.”
Alexis McFarland led the Dragons with 14 points, including four 3-pointers — all in the first quarter. The Dragons made seven 3s in the first period.
Henning led all scorers with 20 points.
“She led us in scoring, but everybody that we played brought something to the table,” Terrell said. “Everybody gave something that contributed to the lead close to the end.”
NEXT: Silver Creek (4-2, 2-1 MSC) hosts Brownstown Central, Saturday; Charlestown (2-4, 0-3) at Floyd Central, Wednesday.
• Jeff comes back for first HHC victory: Jeffersonville won its first Hoosier Hills Conference game under first-year coach Matt Pait — and the Devils did it in dramatic fashion.
Trailing 29-19 at halftime, Jeff outscored Columbus East (5-2, 0-1 HHC) 35-16 in the second half to end a four-game losing streak.
“The second half, we picked up our pressure defensively,” Pait said. “To hold them to 16 points, that was all about our defense. We pressured better and blocked out and rebounded better and didn’t give them multiple shots.”
After opening the season with a pair of wins, it was the Red Devils’ first victory since Nov. 16.
“It’s a huge win for us at this point in the year,” Pait said. “To get a conference win — our first conference win — and beat a good Columbus East team, it’s really good for us to be back on a winning track. We’ve been working hard and we hadn’t seen any results.”
Junior Haley Vogen led the Red Devils with 19 points, nine rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals.
“We’ve been working with Haley on playing a full game and tonight she finally did,” Pait said. “She brought it on both sides of the floor and it paid off with a win and with her stats.”
Emily Gray and Makenzie Johnson added eight points apiece for the victors. Johnson hit a two of Jeff’s four 3-pointers.
NEXT: Jeffersonville (3-4, 1-3) at South Oldham, Tuesday.
• Floyd tops North Harrison: Floyd Central won its third straight game with a 57-42 victory over North Harrison on Saturday.
Madison Kaiser led Floyd with 16 points. After starting 2-5 last year, the Highlanders are 5-2 against the same schedule to start 2012-13.
NEXT: Floyd Central (5-2) hosts Charlestown, Wednesday.
• Bulldogs edge Jennings: Tanner Marcum scored 13 points and handed out 10 assists to help New Albany to a 52-51 home Hoosier Hills Conference victory over Jennings County on Saturday.
The victory ended the Bulldogs’ two-game losing streak and gave them their first HHC victory of the season.
NEXT: New Albany (4-3, 1-1 HHC) hosts Louisville Ballard, Thursday.
• Generals improve to 3-0 in MSC: After beating Charlestown on Friday night, Clarksville made it a Mid-Southern Conference weekend sweep with a 48-36 victory over Eastern on Saturday.
The Generals sit atop the league standings at 3-0.
“That’s what you hope for, what you work for,” Clarksville coach Jason Connell said. “Especially to go on the road the night after a conference game and win back-to-back, you can’t ask for more than that.”
Calvin McEwen scored 24 points to lead the Generals. McEwen knocked down all five of Clarksville’s 3-point shots.
“He’s just emerging as a leader for our basketball team,” Connell said. “He’s starting to be more vocal. He hit some big shots tonight. They went into a zone and he knocked down some open 3s and that’s what we needed him to do.”
The unbeaten and fifth-ranked Generals got off to a slow start and trailed 10-8 after one quarter. They outscored the Musketeers 13-5 in the second quarter to take the lead for good.
“Eastern’s game plan was to try to slow the game down,” Connell said. “We were very patient on offense. The game was slow from start to finish. It was a hard game on the road.”
Aidan McEwen joined his younger brother in double-figures with 13 points.
NEXT: Clarksville (5-0, 3-0 MSC) at Jeffersonville, Dec. 21.
• Braves take control of SAC: Borden easily won Southern Athletic Conference games on consecutive nights, including Saturday’s 84-47 victory at Crothersville, to take command of the conference.
The Braves are 3-0 in league play after beating South Central on Friday and the Tigers on Saturday. They need only one win to earn at least a share of the conference title and two to win it outright. They host New Washington (Jan. 4) and Henryville (Jan. 19) in their final two league games.
The Mustangs are Hornets are a combined 1-7.
“We’ve done our part up to this point,” Braves coach Doc Nash said. “We just have to keep getting better. Hopefully, we’ll be playing our best basketball in March.”
On Saturday, Borden jumped out to a 46-21 and led 70-34 after three quarters.
“Our kids played hard and got out to an early lead,” Nash said.
Jalen McCoy led a balanced Braves’ attack with 18 points, including four 3-pointers. Josh Vollstedt added 15, Michael Lynch scored 10, Cody Bachman finished with nine and Garrett Vick and Josh Ruedinger chipped in with eight apiece. Billy Kirchgessner also had seven and Zach Gilliam six for the Braves.
“I’m proud of our efforts this weekend,” Nash said. “We’ll take a day off an get back at it on Monday.”
Crothersville’s Gene Hodge led all scorers with 26 points.
NEXT: Borden (5-0, 3-0 SAC) at Eastern, Washington County Invitational semifinal, Friday at approximately 7:30 p.m.
• Pioneers win road opener: After three wins at home, Providence went on the road Friday at Scottsburg.
The result was the same — a blowout win. This time, the Pioneers whipped Scottsburg, 70-41.
The two sides were even at 7-apiece when the Pioneers went on a 16-0 run that spanned the late first and early second.
“We didn’t panic,” Providence coach Lou Lefevre said. “We kept playing. That was good to see.”
Dalton Duley led the Pioneers with 16 points, including 4-of-5 from behind the 3-point stripe. Fellow-big men Ryan Pickerell (14) and George Knott (13) combined for 27 points.
However, once again Lefevre heaped most of his praise on guards Nano Grantz and Cory Cahalan. Grantz and Cahalan — the two least experienced players in the Providence lineup — only combined for 11 points, but Lefevre likes how they’re running the team. Cahalan had 10 assists.
“They were terrific tonight,” Lefevre said. “They haven’t been scoring a lot, but we’ve gotten good guard play from them. Our big guys do the lion’s share of the scoring, but our guards are handling the ball and enabling [the big men] to get the ball where they need it to score. I’m very proud of those two kids.”
Nick Hayes added 10 points for the Pioneers, who are 4-0 for the third straight season.
Junior transfer Malik Gross led Scottsburg with 12 points.
NEXT: Providence (4-0) at Charlestown, Friday.
• FC goes 4-1 at Calumet: Floyd Central won four of its five matches at the Calumet Traicoff Invitational on Saturday, including wins over No. 7 Cathedral (47-29) and No. 11 Mishawaka (34-33).
The Highlanders had another one-point victory, beating Valparaiso 31-30. The other triumph came 41-19 over Lawrence North in the day’s opener.
Second-ranked Crown Point handed Floyd its only loss of the day, 44-25.
“We wrestled a lot of really tough teams today,” Floyd coach Brandon Sisson said. “We are coming back beat us, but that is why we came to one of the toughest tournaments in the state.”
Once again, Terrence Kennedy led the way for the Highlanders, going unbeaten on the day. Chris Whitley, Chase Herron, Jackson Randall and Austin Ward all went 4-1, while Brennan Banet was 2-1.
Everybody on the team got better today,” Sisson said.