By GREG MENGELT
> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
Christian Academy of Indiana hit 43-of-66 free throws and Aaron Hayes scored a school-record 50 points as the Warriors defeated Christian Academy of Louisville, 83-82 in four overtimes on Saturday.
Hayes went 26-of-35 from the charity stripe and also had 13 rebounds. But it didn’t start out as Hayes’ night.
One minute into the game, CAI coach Steve Kerberg benched his 6-foot-3 senior star.
“He didn’t look ready to play,” Kerberg said. “He responded after that, obviously. They had trouble staying in front of him.”
DeVonta King added 17 points and 21 rebounds, James Martin finished with eight points and Aaron Eldridge scored six, including a 3-pointer in the final seconds that kept the Warriors alive.
“There were so many big plays,” Kerberg said. “And we hit some big free throws down the stretch.”
CAI, which won its second straight game following a four-game losing streak, hosts another opponent from Kentucky next Saturday when Trimble County (9-5).
• No. 4 Pioneers stay unbeaten: Providence jumped out to a 17-0 lead after the first period and buried Madison Shawe, 67-23 on Saturday.
The Class 2A No. 4 Pioneers are now 10-0 for the first time since the 2004-05 campaign when they went 19-1.
“After an emotional win, sometimes kids make excuses and let down,” Providence coach Lou Lefevre said of Friday’s 60-51 win over Class 2A No. 6 Clarksville in the City Championship. “Good teams don’t do that, and we didn’t.”
Eleven different Pioneers scored, led by Dalton Duley’s 17. Ryan Pickerrell finished with a double-double of 12 points and 12 boards. Coming off of his City Championship MVP award on Friday, George Knott scored 10 points on Saturday for Providence.
“We had so many offensive rebound points,” Lefevre said. “We did a good job on the offensive boards. We didn’t have a great shooting night, but offensive rebounding was a great insurance policy for our offense.”
Only five Hilltoppers scored. Tyler Rhoten had a team-high six points.
NEXT: Providence (10-0) hosts Jeffersonville (9-2), Saturday.
• Hornets remain winless: Henryville fell to 0-9 after Saturday’s 72-38 loss at Trinity Lutheran.
The Cougars (4-7) jumped out to an 18-4 lead after the opening period, then made it 54-27 after three quarters by outscoring the Hornets 19-8 in the third.
“We hadn’t played in three weeks and we were rusty like I thought we might be,” Henryville’s first-year coach Dan Carmony said. “We had spurts where we played three or four minutes of good basketball, but  turnovers made it tough.”
Henryville was led by Tyler Collins, who finished with 20 points. Bailey Reister added eight points, and Cody Reister finished with six points and a Henryville-best nine boards.
Jacob Harless and Craig Stuckwisch combined for 35 points to lead Trinity.
NEXT: Henryville (0-8) hosts New Washington (5-6), Friday.
• South Central overcomes Rock Creek: After leading 22-21 at halftime, South Central outscored Rock Creek Academy 18-9 in the third quarter to take command in its 59-50 road victory on Saturday.
Ronald Karenzi led Rock Creek with 16 points and Will Brown added 15. For the Rebels (9-4), Kyle Pease had a game-high 21 and Bobby Sampson contributed 19 to the victory.
After a 4-2 start, the Lions have dropped six of their last seven.
NEXT: Rock Creek (5-8) hosts Charlestown (5-3), Tuesday.
• Hot Castle downs Devils: Castle won for the sixth time in seven games on Saturday, defeating Jeffersonville 60-38.
The Knights held Jeff to just 12 points in the first half to pull away for a 13-point advantage at intermission.
“Castle is a very good team and was just too much for us to handle tonight,” Red Devils coach Matt Pait said. “They played a great game and we struggled to compete with them most of the game.”
No Red Devils scored in double figures. Haley Vogen led the way with eight points, while Taylor Hines had seven, Taylor Davis six and Emily Gray five.
“We have to continue to work hard and get better every day to be able to play with teams like Castle,” Pait said.
Castle, which outscored Jeff 21-3 at the foul line, was led by Olivia Hunt, who finished with 13 points.
NEXT: Jeffersonville (5-8) hosts Louisville Eastern (9-3), Wednesday.
• Charlestown wins first MSC contest: After opening the season 2-7, Charlestown has won three of its last four games after Saturday’s 44-36 Mid-Southern Conference triumph over Brownstown Central.
The Pirates trailed 17-13 at halftime, but they were able to get their first league victory thanks to a 23-of-27 performance at the free throw line.
Katelyn Henning led Charlestown with 15 points and made all 10 of her foul shots. Megan Brooks added 11 points and six rebounds.
NEXT: Charlestown (5-8, 1-4 MSC) hosts Eastern (7-7, 1-3), Tuesday.
• Dragons stay in MSC hunt: Silver Creek stayed alive in its pursuit of the Mid-Southern Conference title with a 47-29 win at Salem on Saturday.
The Dragons are now 5-1 in the MSC, trailing Scottsburg by a half-game. They are tied with Austin, who they host on Saturday.
Silver Creek allowed the Lions to score just three first half field goals but led just 19-7 at the break.
“Defensively, we played really well today,” Dragons coach Scott Schoen said. “In the second half, we were really good offensively, but we didn’t execute early.”
The Dragons pulled away in the third quarter by outscoring Salem 14-5 for a 33-12 lead.
Alex Tinsley led Creek with 22 points. Although Emily Clayton was held to four points, Schoen said he learned a lot about his star on Saturday.
“Even though she scored only four points, she’s becoming a leader,” Schoen said of Clayton. “She made suggestions based on the flow of the game. I told her after the game I like that. It tells me that she’s not just playing, she’s thinking. What she does for us is so much more than scoring. She played a very well-rounded basketball game.”
Alex Davidson led Salem with 16 points.
NEXT: Silver Creek (11-4, 5-1 MSC) at Madison (11-2), Tuesday.
• Unbeaten Paoli beats Borden: Class 2A, No. 3 Paoli stayed unbeaten (9-0) with a 61-38 win at Borden on Saturday.
Stephanie Moore, Sophie Sears and Morgan Kingston combined for 36 of the Rams’ 61 points in the win.
“Sears is just an outstanding player the way she handles the ball and the way she sets everyone up,” Borden coach Terry Rademacher praised.
Natalie Ruedinger had a team-best 13 points for the Braves. Shelby Kirchgessner finished with nine and Abby Ellis added eight for Borden.
NEXT: Borden (6-5) at Orleans (6-5.), Thursday.