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December 9, 2012

H.S. ROUNDUP: Creek girls hold off Pirates for 47-46 victory

Clarksville, Borden boys sweep earn conference sweeps

> 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.

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