By GREG MENGELT
> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
Clarksville improved to 5-0 in the Mid-Southern Conference — a half-game ahead of second-place Brownstown Central — with a 63-56 home win over Austin on Saturday.
Only four Generals scored, but they did so in a very balanced manner. Austin Johnson hit three 3-pointers and led Clarksville with 18 points. Calvin McEwen added 16, Andrew Jones 15 and Aidan McEwen 14 for the Generals, who are now 9-3 overall after beating Corydon Central in overtime on Friday for an MSC weekend sweep.
Early in Saturday’s game, it didn’t look like Clarksville would stay on top of the league standings. Austin (3-7, 1-3), which upset Class A No. 3 Borden on Friday, led 14-10 after the opening period then 29-26 at intermission.
“We just don’t get off to good starts,” Clarksville coach Jason Connell said. “We just came out flat defensively. We dug ourselves a hole and didn’t come out and match their intensity.”
The Generals finally took the lead late in the third quarter then outscored Austin, which hit 10 3-pointers, 17-13 in the fourth quarter.
“When it got to crunch time, we made stops,” Connell said. “We were a completely different team. If we do that for four quarters, we’ll be OK.”
Marcus Fleenor hit half of the Eagles’ 3-pointers and finished with 17 points to lead Austin. Former Henryville Hornet Devin Richey, who had 14 points in the upset of Borden, finished with six points for the Eagles.
Clarksville outscored Austin 19-2 from the free throw line. For the night, the Generals were 19-of-23 from the stripe.
“Tonight we finally attacked the rim and got the calls,” Connell said.
The Generals continue their MSC stretch on Friday when they host 3-9 Scottsburg.
• Bulldogs roll over Scottsburg: Jermaine Parrish, Josh Rogers and Javen Reeves combined for 45 points as New Albany cruised to a 69-36 victory at Scottsburg on Saturday.
The victory gave New Albany a weekend sweep and put it back above .500 at 6-5.
The Bulldogs hit 10 3-pointers. Rogers and Parrish had two apiece. Jeff Byrne, who finished with eight points, and Garrett Arnold, who had six, both hit a pair of shots from behind the 3-point arc.
New Albany led 18-4 after one quarter and 34-13 at half against the 3-9 Warriors. After Scottsburg outscored the Bulldogs in the third quarter, New Albany closed with a 22-8 run for the final margin.
NEXT: New Albany (6-5) hosts Silver Creek (3-9), Friday.
• New Wash falls at Shawe: In what New Washington coach Jonathan May called, “The roller coaster ride that is high school basketball,” his Mustangs were defeated by host Madison Shawe 57-40 on Saturday.
The Hilltoppers, who have won three of their last four after starting 2-7, jumped out to a 12-7 lead after one quarter then pulled away for a 40-24 advantage after three quarters.
“Last night, we played two good quarters,” May said of the Mustangs’ win over Henryville. “I told them we needed more consistency, to play four good quarters. Tonight, I’m not sure we had any and we certainly didn’t have any toughness.”
Ian Hughes led a balanced New Wash attacked with nine points. Logan Miles finished with eight, Wesley Napier seven, James Clemons six, Devin Herron five and Tim Cochran four for the Mustangs.
Shawe’s Luke Higgins led all scorers with 15.
NEXT: New Washington (6-7) hosts Austin (3-7), Friday.
• Manual stops hot CAI: After Trimble County (Ky.) canceled on Christian Academy at the last minute, Louisville DuPont Manual stepped into its place and defeated the Warriors 63-58 on Saturday.
CAI led 39-33 after three quarters, but the Crimsons outscored the Warriors 28-19 in the final quarter to secure the win.
Coming off his school-record 50-point performance, Christian Academy senior Aaron Hayes led all scorers with 31 points. DeVonta King added another double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds.
Senior center Simon Clifford led Manual (8-12) with 17 points.
NEXT: Christian Academy (5-6) hosts Borden (9-2), Friday.
• Pirates fall at Madison: Chris Braun scored 26 points and Aaron Daniel added 16, but it wasn’t enough for Charlestown in a 68-54 defeat at the hands of host Madison on Saturday.
After being close most of the way, the Cubs pulled way with a big third quarter, outscoring the Pirates 18-8 to take a 49-27 after three periods.
The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for Charlestown.
NEXT: Charlestown (6-4, 2-1 MSC) hosts Eastern (4-7, 2-3), Friday.
• Dragons fall out of MSC race: Silver Creek’s hopes for a Mid-Southern Conference championship came to an end on Saturday following a 48-43 home loss to Austin.
After a quick start had the Dragons ahead 15-9 after the opening quarter, the Eagles outscored them 39-28 the rest of the way to stay a half-game behind rival Scottsburg in the MSC standings.
“[If] there’s an earthquake in Scott County or both teams have been playing ineligible player, then we have a chance,” Silver Creek coach Scott Schoen said of the conference race. “If we cut down some nets in the sectional, we’ll forget all about losing the conference.”
After falling behind early in the fourth quarter, Silver Creek got within a points and had possession of the ball three times but never took the lead back.
“We just couldn’t put the ball in the basket,” Schoen said.
Alex Tinsley led the Dragons with 16 points. Lexi McFarland finished with 12 and Emily Clayton 11 for Creek. McFarland and Clayton combined to hit five 3-pointers.
Jessie Davidson had a game-high 21 points for the Eagles, who also got 14 points from Megan Smith.
NEXT: Silver Creek (11-6, 5-2 MSC) at Eastern (7-8, 1-4), Saturday.
• Seymour tops Braves: Borden ran out to an 11-7 lead over visiting Seymour on Saturday, but the Owls overcame the deficit for a 68-43 victory.
Halfway through the second quarter, Borden still had the lead and the ball, but back-to-back turnovers led to back-to-back Seymour buckets and the lead for good.
“Once they got ahead, they started shooting better,” Borden coach Terry Rademacher said of the 6-11 Owls. “We played awful hard and competed all the way through.”
Seymour outscored the Braves 45-22 in the middle two quarters then scored the final nine points of the game to secure what appeared to be a blowout victory.
Leslie Beatty scored 11 points, Carson Casey added 10 and Natalie Ruedinger finished with nine for Borden. Seymour’s Sidney Carr led all scorers with 15.
NEXT: Borden (7-6, 1-2 SAC) at Henryville (9-6, 2-2), Thursday.
• Pacers can’t cool off New Wash: After being tied at the end of the first quarter, New Washington steadily pulled away from Switzerland County for its sixth straight win, 48-33 on Saturday.
Caroline Ricks led the Mustangs with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Kriston Sarver added 12 points and Ashley Johnson had eight points and six assists.
NEXT: New Washington (12-2) hosts Brownstown Central (6-6), Tuesday.