By GREG MENGELT
HENRYVILLE — Silver Creek may have found its go-to player.
Dragon center Kelsi Scott has had a great junior season when she’s been able to stay out of foul trouble. She did that on Tuesday and helped lead Silver Creek to its second win of the season, 50-47 over Henryville.
Trailing 47-45 with 1:14 to play, Scott hit the game-tying and go-ahead buckets. She finished with a team-high 14 points and eight rebounds.
Scott said she’s not sure she could have come through in the clutch a year ago — or perhaps even earlier this season.
“I have a lot more confidence than I have had,” she said. “I was wanting to get the shot, get a stop and come back and do it again, and that’s what I did.”
“She’s a hard matchup for anybody we’re going to play,” Silver Creek coach Scott Schoen said of Scott. “She’s starting to understand what it takes to become ‘that’ player.”
After Scott’s second clutch field goal — a pullup jumper with 27 seconds left — Henryville had a chance to tie or win the game. However, with 4.5 seconds to go, Morgan Knies stole a Henryville inbound pass and was fouled.
“That was huge steal,” Schoen said. “To get in there and get in the mix, she just went and got it. She came through big.”
Knies missed the front end of her 1-and-bonus attempt, but again, the Dragons came through when Alexis Barnett tracked down the rebound in the corner with 1.8 seconds left.
Barnett made her first free throw to make it 50-47 for her first point of the second half after scoring 12 in the first. She missed the second free throw, but an Emily Hollis desperation heave from beyond halfcourt hit the backboard and bounced away.
“We came through,” Schoen said. “We came up with a good offensive rebound and won the game.”
Behind Barnett, who hit four first-half 3-pointers, the Dragons built a 15-3 lead after one quarter.
Hollis led the Hornet back, scoring nine of 14 points in the second quarter to get Henryville to within 29-28 at the break.
“Offensively, we came out stagnant, but we fought back,” Henryville coach Josh Conrad said. “That was good to see. That’s a good sign.”
In the third quarter, it was fellow-sophomore Haley Huddleston whotook the reigns for the Hornets. She scored nine of her game-high 16 in the third quarter to give Henryville a 42-41 lead heading into the final period.
“Emily Hollis, man, she’s a great player,” Schoen said. “And Haley Huddleston, she’s a heck of a player, too.”
“Emily is a very confident player and Haley’s confidence is growing,” Conrad said of his sophomore duo.
Another Henryville sophomore, Emma Hendricks, added 12 points.
Silver Creek (2-4 overall, 1-2 MSC) is back in action on Saturday when it travels to Brownstown Central for a Mid-Southern Conference showdown.
Henryville (6-4) has nine days off before opening the Washington County Invitational at home against Salem on Dec. 27.
SILVER CREEK 50, HENRYVILLE 47
Silver Creek 15 14 12 9—50
Henryville 3 22 12 5—47
Silver Creek (2-4): Lauren Cunliffe 3, Bailee Popp 9, Alexis Barnett 13, Hannah Mattingly 3, Kelsi Scott 14, Morgan Knies 4, Haley Baxter 2, Casie Toby 2.
Henryville (6-4): Haley Huddleston 16, Tami Burgin 2, Emily Hollis 14, Abbi Robertson 1, Emma Hendricks 12, Sadie Spears 2.
3-point field goals: Silver Creek 5 (Barnett 4, Cunliffe); Henryville 4 (Huddleston 2, Hollis 2).