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December 13, 2012

H.S. ROUNDUP: Strong D gives Pioneers 39-31 victory over CAI

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Providence’s defense forced 25 turnovers and held Christian Academy to 23 percent from the floor in a 39-31 victory on Thursday.

After taking a 16-12 lead after one quarter, the Pioneers held CAI to three points in the second quarter and two in the third to take a 29-17 lead heading into the final stanza.

“We basically gave the game to them tonight with 25 turnovers,” Warriors interim coach Mike Baird said.

“We’re just happy to get the win and improve to 6-4,” Providence coach Brad Burden said. “We’re going to try to keep getting better.”

Providence’s Meredith Endris led all scorers with 16 points, while Nichole Tucker and Lillian Hughes added six apiece. Nicole Kauchak led the Warriors with 10.

NEXT: Christian Academy (2-5) at South Central (2-6), tonight; Providence (6-4) at Charlestown (2-6), Dec. 21 in Charlestown Holiday Tournament semifinal.

• Unselfish Mustangs whip Eastern: Caroline Ricks led a balanced New Washington attack with 22 points in Thursday’s 68-45 thrashing of Eastern.

Ashley Johnson added 16 points, Kriston Sarver scored 11 and Courtney Amick contributed with 10 points, six assists and five steals.

“We were able to share the basketball and it showed with our number of assists that we had for the game,” New Wash coach Terry White said. “It is becoming more and more clear that the better we are at sharing the basketball the more success we will enjoy as a team.”

The Mustangs are now 8-2 overall and 4-1 in front of the home crowd.

“There is no question that our ‘Mustang Maniacs’ were out in full force,” White said. “The sixth man is becoming an integral part at our games.”

NEXT: New Wash (8-2) at West Washington (3-5), Tuesday.

• Braves shut down Shawe: Borden didn’t allow visiting Madison Shawe to score more than five points in any quarter in Thursday’s 46-18 victory.

The Braves took an 8-5 lead after the first quarter, then outscored the Hilltoppers 17-4 in the second for a 25-9 halftime lead. They extended the advantage to 41-13 after three quarters behind Leslie Beatty, who led all scorers with 25 points.

The 25 points ties Beatty’s career-high. She also scored 25 in the Braves’ 78-29 season-opening victory over Crothersville.

“She did an excellent job around the basket and we did a good job of getting her the ball,” Borden coach Terry Rademacher said of Beatty.

Abby Ellis and Natalie Ruedinger added six points apiece for Borden, which was won three of its last four games.

NEXT: Borden (5-3) hosts Medora (5-6), Saturday.

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