Jeffersonville came up short of stealing a victory from host Evansville Harrison on Saturday, 78-64.
Jeff led 34-28 at the half and looked to be in good position to pull out the upset. Senior Drew Ellis was unguardable in the first half, leading the Red Devil charge with 22 points going into the break.
“We were proud of our guys’ effort tonight,” Red Devil coach Matt Pait said. “If we play with the effort we did tonight, we could win the sectional.”
With 1:20 left in the second quarter, Harrison made a defensive change, switching to a triangle-and-2 formation to shadow the sizzling Ellis.
With the added pressure on Ellis, the Warriors were able to slow down the Jeff offense and began to cut into the lead. Despite scoring just 12 third-quarter points, Jeff still carried a slim lead late in the third quarter, but saw the lead vanish as Harrison knocked down a 3 as time expired.
The Warriors led 47-46 heading into the final quarter.
Entering the fourth, Harrison had momentum on their side and sustained it when it scored two quick buckets to start the quarter, both coming from offensive rebound putbacks.
“We are a team that you never know what team will show up,” Pait said. “They played great, we played good — and we didn’t get it done at the end.”
During an eight-minute stretch that spanned the third and fourth quarters, the Red Devils allowed the Warriors to score 15 points off their offensive glass.
The Warriors went 12 for 12 from the charity stripe and outscored the Devils 31-18 in the fourth quarter to pull away for their fifth straight victory .
“They played a great fourth quarter,” Pait said. “It’s hard to come back when they don’t miss free throws and take care of the ball.”
Ellis finished with 25 points by going 9 of 15 from the field. Keenan Williams scored 19 and Chad Hudson had 12 in the loss. Ernie Duncan led the Warriors with 20 points. Brothers Stanley Duncan and Everett Duncan each scored 18. Everett also had 14 rebounds in the win.
Both teams shot the ball well. Jeff finished with 26 makes on 48 attempts. Harrison was 25 of 49, and only missed one free throw the entire game (17 of 18).
The 8-8 Red Devils will be back in action on Thursday when they travel to Jennings County to take on the 9-7 Panthers.
HARRISON 78, JEFFERSONVILLE 64
Jeffersonville 16 18 12 18—64
Harrison 16 12 19 31—78
Jeffersonville highlights: Drew Ellis 25 points; Keenan Williams 19 points, 5 rebounds; Chad Hudson 13 points; Leonard Kwitonda 5 points, 5 rebounds; Ronnie Todd 3 points.
Harrison highlights: Ernie Duncan 20, Stanley Duncan 18, Everett Duncan 18, Trey Schafer 11, Strong 6, Chestnut 5.
3-point field goals: Jeffersonville 10 (Ellis 6, Hudson 2, Kwitonda, Williams); Harrison 11 (E. Duncan 4, S. Duncan 2, Ev. Duncan 2, Strong 2, Schafer).
Free throws: Jeffersonville 2-6, Harrison 17-18.
Turnovers: Jeffersonville 9, Harrison 8.
Team fouls: Jeffersonville 16, Harrison 7.
CAI BLOWS BY EASTERN, 85-69
With three players scoring in the 20s, Christian Academy was able to breeze past Eastern 85-69 on Saturday.
The Warriors got an early lead and closed things out by outscoring the Musketeers 27-19 final frame.
Aaron Eldridge and Nic Reed led the way for the Warriors with 22 points apiece. Eldridge had it working from down town, putting in all five of Christian Academy’s 3-pointers. Shelby Rose chipped in with 20.
Jack Hayes and Grant Newcomb scored 17 apiece for Eastern, which knocked down nine 3s as a team.
CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 85, EASTERN 69
Christian Academy 18 24 10 27—85
Eastern 16 18 16 19—69
Christian Academy scoring: Aaron Eldridge 22, Nic Reed 22, Shelby Rose 20, James Martin 14, Connor Chalfant 6, Will Hussung 1.
Eastern scoring: Jack Hayes 17, Grant Newcomb 17, Alex Doebler 12, Dakota Snider 8, Jessie Murphy 8, Jude Olesh 4, Jacob Timmons 2, Ethan Watson 1.
3-point field goals: Christian Academy 5 (Eldridge 5); Eastern 9 (Newcomb 5, Hayes 2, Doebler, Olesh).
Free throws: Christian Academy 34-44, Eastern 12-19.
Next: Christian Academy (12-4) at Madison Shawe (1-15), Thursday; Eastern (4-15) at Henryville (3-11), Thursday.
FRIDAY’S LATE RESULTS
MUSKETEERS FALL TO CORYDON
Class 3A No. 5 improved to 12-2 overall and 5-1 in the Mid-Southern Conference with an 80-35 victory over Eastern on Friday.
Bronson Kessinger and Brayden Lander scored 18 points apiece to pace the victorious Panthers. Jessie Murphy had a team-high 10 points for the Musketeers, who fell to 4-10 overall and 1-6 in the MSC with the defeat.
CORYDON CENTRAL 80, EASTERN 35
Corydon 15 20 20 25—80
Eastern 8 6 11 10—35
Corydon scoring: Bronson Kessinger 18, Brayden Lander 18, Dillon Simier 12, Tom Wiseman 9, Tim Wiseman 6, Mitchell Fredrick 6, Jay Brent 3, Quinton Coffman 2, Tyler Stauth 2, Brandon Burns 2, TJ Mathes 2.
Eastern scoring: Jessie Murphy 10, Jack Hayes 7, Alex Doebler 5, Jude Olesh 5, Dakota Snider 3, Grant Newcomb 2, Greg Lynn 2, Jacob Timmons 1.
3-point field goals: Corydon 1 (Tim Wiseman); Eastern 6 (Murphy 2, Doebler, Snider, Olesh, Hayes).
Free throws: Corydon 15-21, Eastern 6-12.