The East Central Trojans took a hard loss Saturday when the Columbus North Bulldogs came to town. East Central was just one-point down after the first quarter 12-11, and Dylan Maxwell finished an old fashioned three-point play giving EC the lead to start the second period. The Bulldogs then went on a 14-0 run and took a 28-17 lead into the locker room at the half. Columbus North then started the third period on a 7-0 run before Connor Kuhn hit a three-pointer for EC. Another Bulldog run put them up 46-20 going into the fourth period. East Central added seven points in the fourth quarter while the Bulldogs added nine to their total and won the game 55-29.
East Central was led in scoring by Rhys Hofer with 7, Kuhn 6, Maxwell, Peyton Hofer, and Carson Pieczonka 3, Nolan Maple and Cole Wheat 2. The Trojans fall to 5-13 on the season and will be in action on Thursday when they travel to #13 Connersville (13-4) for an EIAC matchup.
The Lawrenceburg Tigers hosted Mariemont (Cincinnati) on Saturday afternoon. The Warriors scored the first basket of the game but a Lawrenceburg three-pointer gave them the lead that they kept for the remained of the game. The win is the third in a row for coach Brad Cutter and the Tigers. Currently sitting at 2-2 in EIAC games, Lawrenceburg will look to keep the win streak going with three conference games remaining (Rushville, S. Dearborn, and Connersville) on the season.
The Warriors opened the game with a 2-0 lead before the Tigers went on a 10-0 run that started with Logan Rohrer completed an old fashioned three-point play. Cooper Bobo and Sam Cornett each put up a basket and Charlie Meyer hit from deep. The eight-point lead was trimmed to four after two Mariemont baskets to end the first period. Rohrer pushed the lead back to seven with the first basket of the second quarter. A put back by S. Cornett and another Rohrer basket were scored for LHS but the Warriors six-points and the score was 17-12 with the Tigers still on top. A Ben Cornett three-pointer and another from Rohrer over the final two minutes was matched by the Warriors and the halftime score was Lawrenceburg 23 Mariemont 18.
Rohrer got Lawrenceburg on the board first in the second half and Bobo put up the next five-points for the Tigers. The next three minutes only netted two field goals, both from the Warriors. In the final two minutes of the period LHS took a 13-point lead with Noah Knigga adding four-points, S. Cornett hitting a basket, and a B. Cornett free throw. The Tigers went into the fourth quarter up 37-24. B. Cornett and Bobo scored for the Tigers in the first few minutes of the final frame before the Warriors went on a 5-0 run. The pair then both had a chance at freebies with B. Cornett knocking down both his shots and Bobo hitting the front end of his giving Lawrenceburg a 15-point lead. Mariemont got their outside shot working and hit two from deep and scored once in the paint making the score 44-37 with 2:30 remaining. S. Cornett nearly doubled his point total over the remainder of the game when he scored six points for LHS, Rohrer added a pair of free throws, and Bobo added four more points to the Tigers scoreboard giving them a 57-41 win over the Warriors.
The Win improves the Tigers record to 15-4 on the season. They will be in action on Tuesday when they host Rushville (4-14) in an EIAC matchup. Lawrenceburg was led in scoring by Bobo who finished the day with 15-points, S. Cornett 13, Rohrer 10, Meyer 6, B. Cornett 6, Knigga 5.
Thursday night was forgettable in almost every way for the Franklin County Wildcats, the boys suffering a 63-32 home loss to Campbell County, Kentucky and seeing a losing streak reach six games. The Cats struggled mightily on offense, senior Tanner Weartz’s corner three being the first shot to roll in with 2.3 seconds left in the opening quarter. The score was 34-9 at halftime and 51-18 after three; sophomore Landon Johnson’s buzzer-beating triple closed out the frame as a running clock was already in effect for the remainder of the contest. FC did manage 14 points in mop-up time, senior Brant Ertel (19.7 ppg) finally getting in the scorebook with 5:18 to go. Taking care of the ball was also an adventure; the Camels came away with numerous steals on the night and were gifted a few of those. One of the turnovers led to a 5-0 Campbell lead early. By the 3:25 mark, it was 11-0 following an out-of-bounds save and toss to Jake Gross for three. The lead grew to 15 after a Connor Weinel score and steal and score for Jaidan Combs. The humpbacks opened the second stanza on another 10-0 run with four different players scoring. Mixed in were a couple more FC turnovers. A backdoor lob to Aydan Hamilton made it a 25-3 game with 4:45 left in the half. A feed to Combs had CC up 27-5 midway through the period. Senior Brady Morehead then scored on a putback, followed quickly by two Camel answers; coach Mark Foster called time with the score 31-7. Keegan Hill hit from three, with Weartz’s response coming on a reverse layup. The score ran to 38-9 early in the second half. It was 42-10 when Morehead laid one in from the baseline. The 35-point margin – triggering the running clock – came at 2:52 of the third. Sophomore Quinn Gillman added a baseline move late in the frame. In the fourth, Weartz had the first basket ahead of a trey by Gross. A pair of Ertel makes set the score at 58-24. Johnson would hit back-to-back triples late to finish with a team-high 9 points. Weartz had 7, Gillman 5 and Ertel and Morehead 4 each. FC (8-9) has a double weekend coming up, hosting Greenfield-Central Friday and traveling to Victory College Prep on the southeast side of Indianapolis Saturday night.
KNIGHTSTOWN – The iconic Hoosier Gym at Knightstown in Henry County was transformed – at least on Saturday night – into the Buckeye Gym as the Talawanda Braves (of Oxford, Ohio) girls and boys dropped a pair of losses on the Franklin County Wildcats, the nightcap ending in an extremely improbable finish. FC girls coach Kyle VanMeter and boys coach Mark Foster were generous in allowing minutes to every uniformed player as the experience of playing on the set of the 1986 classic “Hoosiers” trumped the final outcomes. With the Wildcat bleachers filled behind them, Hoosiers/Milan aficionado Rob Allen and Brandon Cowen had the privilege of being the night’s public address announcers.
Lady Braves 78, Lady Wildcats 51 The lethal inside-outside combination of seniors Kylee Fears and Taylor Farris, as well as an 18-0 barrage to start the second quarter (28-5 advantage in same), were too much for FC’s ladies to handle in what would be a 27-point loss. Fears, the top scorer in Talawanda hoops history, showed why with a 26-point effort. The Merrimack College (Massachusetts) recruit saw sidekick and University of Southern Illinois-Edwardsville commit Farris add 20 more as the Brave essentially had things wrapped up at halftime, 44-19. After a 10-2 start, FC finally adjusted to the old-style confines and outscored the Oxford club 12-6 to end the first frame. Despite losing Nicole Mears to early foul trouble, the Cats got six points from senior Kassidy Schell and classmate Josie Rolfes tripled from the corner before assisting freshman Ruby Singer in transition and hitting from deep again just before the buzzer. Good FC vibes came to a halt as play resumed, with Talawanda attacking relentlessly at both ends of the court to go up 34-14. It started with two by McKenna Weekley before Farris dropped in seven of the next nine points. With Weekley and Fears scoring off turnovers, VanMeter asked for time with his team down 20. The Brave pushed their advantage with a feed to Fears and traditional 3-point play by Grace Richardson. Richardson hit a long 2-point shot and Farris connected from three late in the half. The third quarter was the Fears and Mears show as FC’s post reentered the contest to score 10 of her team-high 16 points. Meanwhile, Talawanda’s pivot put in 12 points in the stanza, including an old- fashioned 3-point play to make it 56-31 and completion of another and-one off a putback as time ran out; she knocked in the free throw for a 61-35 lead after three. The closest FC came in the fourth was 18 following the second basket for freshman Mackenzie Broshear and two more of Mears’ 10 made foul shots. Schell (13) and Rolfes (11 – 3 three-pointers) were also in double figures, with Singer adding 5, Broshear 4 and Jacy Grimmeissen 2. Myah Keene scored 11 for the Brave. FC finished the regular season at 15-6 as a 5-game win streak was snapped. The girls take on Batesville Wednesday night in Sectional 29.
Braves 48, Wildcats 46
Looking for a last-second miracle or at least extending the night into overtime, FC’s boys and fan block were instead stunned when Talawanda’s Cale Leitch tipped the inbound pass by Brady Morehead with .9 seconds on the clock and fired in a 15-footer at the buzzer to give the Brave a dramatic 48-46 victory. The loss was the fifth straight for the Cats, who fell to 8-8 on the year. The Wildcats led 42-34 midway through the fourth quarter. Trevor Norris started the Brave comeback with a little runner ahead of a timeout at 3:35. Senior Brant Ertel, returning to the FC lineup after an injury hiatus, continued a torrid night with a double-pump basket. Logan Kent then made a key play for Talawanda, rebounding a free throw miss and getting fouled on a successful putback; the ensuing foul shot made it 44-39. With 2:50 left, Isaiah Meade-Moss buried a 3-pointer from the corner to cut the deficit to two. In the double bonus at 2:03, Talawanda got tying FTs from Logan Smith. Ertel and Meade-Moss exchanged scoring drives to make it 46-46. After a backcourt violation was reversed by officials, FC nearly had the game-winner when Eli Butt’s three attempt rimmed out. The Brave rebounded and called time with 5.3 seconds remaining. FC called two full timeouts around a Talawanda turnover, only to see Leitch play hero in the final second. The game was never more than an 8-point affair, with FC doubling up the Brave at 16-8 late in the first period before a three by Leitch. Another Leitch triple opened offense in the second frame and Norris found Smith for the tie at 16. Ertel put FC ahead with a floater, later making it 20-18 with a coast-to-coast effort. Three points by Meade- Moss sent the Brave ahead by one before Nick Vanoven assisted on an Ertel three. Meade-Moss earned an assist to Smith but freshman Blake Stephenson got a rebound bucket at the horn for a 25-23 FC lead at half. Tied at 25 early in the second half, Ertel’s 3-point play pushed him over the 1,000-point threshold for his career; officials stopped play and AD Denny Dorrel addressed the FC crowd in acknowledging the milestone in such a memorable locale. Ertel reached 20 points on a fast-break goal and Butt’s 3-pointer had FC up 33-27. FC’s 3-2 zone on defense had the Brave calling timeout to adjust. The Cats held on to their half-dozen lead with a bucket by Xander Rodriguez. Kent’s foul shots set the score at 35-31 with a quarter left. Bryce James hit a 3 for Talawanda early in the fourth but Ertel responded by scoring five quick ones on his way to getting FC’s last 11 points. Quinn Gillman got the game’s scoring started with a 19-foot jumper. Malyki McRoberts put the Brave up with a 3-point shot; Butt answered from distance but James did the same to make it 6-5. A Landon Johnson bucket from the arc switched the lead again and Ertel hit a three for his first points at 2:15. A left-hand scoop and three from the top of the key were additional Ertel highlights early. Ertel pumped in 31 points, followed by Butt (6), Johnson (3) and Gillman, Stephenson and XRod 2 each. Meade-Moss paced the Brave with a dozen. FC hosts Campbell (Kentucky) Thursday and Class A Edinburgh Saturday afternoon.
Five turnovers in the first four minutes of play by Rushville had them behind early and they couldn’t catch up to the Knights. South Dearborn got early offense from senior Corbin Cassidy who scored the first three baskets for the Knights. The Lions got a three-pointer from XxZavien Jenkins and a two-pointer from Kameron Morton to make it a 6-5 game. The Knights outscored RCHS the rest of the first period 11-0. Brodie Teke hit a three, Ryan Willoughby put up six-points, and Hudson Shackleford put up two more before the buzzer, giving the Knights a 17-5 lead after the first quarter. South Dearborn got four more points to start the second quarter before Jenkins hit his second deep shot for the Lions. Another 7-0 run for the Knights put them up by 20. Morton got a basket for Rushville and Jenkins hit again, Adam Kunkel scored for SD and the score was 30-13 with 3:00 to go in the half. The remained of period saw four more points from the Knights and it was 34-13 at the half. The Knights increased their lead in the third period with Teke starting the scoring with a deep three-pointer, and a Willoughby layup. Nick Jarman scored the first four points for Rushville in the half, But another Teke three-pointer put the Knights up 42-17 midway through the frame. South Dearborn added a basket by Breckin McCreary at the buzzer to go into the final frame up 49-17. The Knights outscored Rushville 13-10 in the final period to earn a 62-27 win. South Dearborn moved to 11-6 on the season and earned their first EIAC victory to move to 1-4. Rushville falls to 4-13 on the year and 0-4 in EIAC games. Leading all scorers was Willoughby with 16, SD also got 12-points from both Teke and Jake Daugherty, Cassidy and Shackleford both scored 6, Adam Gainer 2 and Kunkel 2. Rushville Scoring- Jenkins 9, Jarman 9, Morton 4, Dylan Thompson 3, and Adrian Apodaca 2. Next up for Rushville is a Thursday game at Greensburg, and The Knights will travel to Batesville on the same night, both games are EIAC matchups.
The Batesville Bulldogs took on the North Decatur Chargers on Friday evening. After leading at the half and again after the third period, Batesville was outscored by the Chargers 23-11 in the final period and lost the game 52-41. They were able to get their tenth win on the season on Saturday evening when they hosted the Hauser Jets. The Dog’s led throughout the contest and pulled out a nine-point win to improve to 10-6 on the season.
Friday- @ North Decatur
Cade Kaiser got the Bulldogs off to a good start against North Decatur, giving them a 3-0 lead to start the game. Lance Nobbe scored for ND and Kaden Muckerheide tied it up with a free throw. Nobbe gave the Chargers the lead after his next basket, Sam Johnson hit a freebie for the Dogs, and Carson Parmer finished off the scoring in the period with a three pointer that put ND up 8-4 through one frame. Cole Pride got the Dogs back in the contest to start the second quarter with a deep ball that made it a one-point game. Nobbe and Reid Messer scored for ND but Pride and Kaiser got BHS back in the game and with 3:30 to go i nthe half it was 12-11 in North’s favor. Nobbe scored five more for the Chargers, but the Dogs battled back. a pair of free throws by Kaiser and a Gus Prickel basket made it a one-point game. With 45 second to go Pride hit a basket in the lane while getting hacked, he hit his freebie and Batesville went into half time on top of the Chargers 18-17.
The second half began with several lead changes, then North went on an 8-2 run with Muckerheide scoring back-to-back to give ND a 27-22 lead, three minutes into the quarter. Jack Grunkmeyer scored for the Dogs and Parmer hit a pair of free throws before Batesville finished the period on a 6-0 run, Grunkmeyer scored, then Pride, and with the frame about to end Kaiser hit a basket that gave the Dogs the lead back. It was 30-29 through three quarters. The Bulldogs went up by three to start the final quarter with Grunkmeyer scoring. North then took the lead after outscoring the Dogs 7-0 over the next two minutes. Pride scored for BHS to stop the Chargers run, but Conner Linkmeyer and Nobbe scored for North, and Muckerhiede hit two freebies to give ND a 42-36 lead midway through the final frame. Grunkmeyer scored again for the Dogs to pull back within four-points, but Muckerheide then scored six points and Linkermeyer added a pair of free throws, and ND was up by 12 with one minute to go. Pride hit a free throw for the Dogs and Grunkmeyer hit two, but a pair of Muckerheide free throws sealed the game up for the Chargers as they went on to win 52-41.
Saturday- vs Hauser
Saturday- vs Hauser Batesville was able to remove some of the bitter taste of the previous night’s loss with a game against the Hauser Jets. A three-pointer from Hauser got them an early lead But Johnson turned it into a Batesville lead with back-to-back three-pointers, Pride matched Johnson with two more and the Dogs led 12-3. The Jets put up six more points in the frame while the Dogs got another Johnson basket and a Pride free throw to lead 15-9 after the first quarter. Pride added the first five-points in the second period and the Dogs went up 20-9. Over the remainder of the quarter Hauser outscored BHS 10-1 with the Dogs only score being a Grunkmeyer free throw. The Jets pulled within two and Batesville led at the half 21-19.
Hauser tied it up to start the third quarter, then a basket by Kaiser and another from Johnson started a Batesville run that put them back up by 10. Prickel scored making it a 12-point game then four Hauser points cut it back down. Prickel hit a three with a minute remaining, the last score for BHS in the frame. Hauser finished off the quarter on a 4-0 run and the score was 38-31, with the Dogs on top. Kaiser scored first in the fourth frame and Pride scored after that to put the Bulldogs back up by double digits. Johnson landed another deep ball with three minutes off the clock in the period, but Hauser hung with Batesville for a few possessions until Pride scored and went to the line for an old fashioned three-point play. He went right back on the next possession and hit two more freebies, Kaiser went to the line next and hit both his shots, and the Dogs held a 13-point lead with just two minutes to go in the game. The Jets attempted a comeback scoring seven points over the final minutes but a Pride basket and a Prickel free throw gave the Dogs a 58-49 victory to move them to 10-6 on the season.
Pride scored 20-points in the game to lead the Dogs, Batesville got 13-points from Kaiser and Johnson, Prickel finished with 9, Carson Laker and Grunkmeyer 1 each via a free throw. Next up for the Dogs is an EIAC matchup against South Dearborn (11-6, 1-4) on Thursday, then a Saturday afternoon contest, hosting Madison (2-13) for a 1:30pm tip.
Two of the winningest teams in the EIAC faced off on Friday evening when the Lawrenceburg Tigers (13-4) hosted the Greensburg Pirates (12-4) in a game that did not disappoint. The lead changed hands several times throughout the game, but a fourth quarter comeback and perfect free throw shooting to close out the game by the Pirates, sealed them a win and improved their EIAC record to 4-1 on the season. The Tigers are now 1-2 in conference games this season.
Jack McKinsey got the Bucs on the board to start the game, and they pushed the lead to nine by the midway point in the period. Logan Rohrer got the Tigers back in the game scoring five unanswered points and Ben Cornett hit a jumper to bring Lawrenceburg within two-points of the Pirates. A Ki Dyer three gave the Bucs a five-point lead with two minutes to go in the period. Cooper Bobo then hit back-to-back from deep, and Lawrenceburg had their first lead of the contest 17-16. Gerrold Taylor sank a three and with the last possession, the Bucs ran down the clock with Dyer hitting the final shot making it 20-18 in the Tigers favor through one quarter.
Rohrer opened the second quarter with another three-point basket. Abe Tebbe scored on a put back for Greensburg before the Tigers went on a 7-0 run. Bobo led the charge scoring half of the Tigers points in the period, and with 30 seconds to go in the half Addison Barnes-Petitt made a basket and drew a foul, and after sinking the freebie, it made it a seven-point game at the half with the Tigers up 30-23.
The outside shooting game of Lawrenceburg pushed their lead to double digits just two minutes into the third quarter. Dyer then hit twice from the Pirates, a layup, and once from deep, Jeter Edwards added two more and the Bucs had pulled within five of Lawrenceburg with two minutes to go I the period. Rohrer drained an open three pointer for the Tigers, but Barnes-Petitt matched that just before the frame ended and the score through three was 42-37 in favor of Lawrenceburg.
The final quarter started with the Tigers getting a basket from Cornett to go up by seven. The Pirates then came alive and scored 11 unanswered points to take a 48-44 lead. The remainder of the points scored came from the charity stripe. First Rohrer hit both of his attempts for LHS, to make it a one possession game, and then Greensburg went six of six from the line with Edwards, Dyer, and Bradley Lutz all going two for two. With 25 seconds left the Tigers got one last point, a free throw from Cornett making the final score 54-47 Greensburg.
Lawrenceburg was led in scoring by Rohrer with 16, followed by Bobo’s 15, Taylor finished with 6, B. Cornett 5, Charlie Meyer 3, and Same Cornett 2
Greensburg’s scoring leader on the night was Dyer with 18, Edwards 13, McKinsey 10, Barnes-Petitt 6, Lutz 5, and Tebbe 2.
Next up for the Tigers is a home contest and EIAC matchup against East Central (5-11, 3-0) on Thursday. Greensburg will also host an EIAC game on Thursday when the Rushville Lions (4-13, 0-4) come to town. Both games have a 7:30pm varsity tip time.
With the score tied at 50-50, Rushville’s XxZavien Jenkins hit a buzzer beater on Tuesday night to beat the Knightstown Panthers. The win snapped a three game skid for the Lions who improved to 4-12 on the season. Rushville will be back in action on the road in Aurora, taking on South Dearborn (10-6) this Friday in an EIAC matchup.
The Lions got off to a hot start with Jenkins starting the game the way he ended it, with a three-pointer. Kane Thompson hit from deep, and Jenkins hit the front end of a pair of free throws putting Rushville up 7-0. Knightstown got a free throw to land for their first point, stopping the Lions opening run. The Panthers then hit a three pointer to make it a five-point game at 9-4. The Lions finished the period with three more points from the charity stripe and the score was 12-6 after the first quarter. The Panthers took the lead midway through the second quarter after starting the frame on a 9-2 run. Kameron Morton go the Lions the lead back with a basket, but the next few possessions saw the lead change hands several times. With under two minutes to go Dylan Thompson scored for Rushville, K. Thompson put in a shot just with five seconds to go, and the Lions went into the locker room on top of Knightstown 20-17.
D. Thompson and Jenkins pushed the lead to eight to begin the third quarter, then a quartet of three’s from the Panthers put them back up 33-29. Rushville outscored the Panthers over the remainder of the frame 5-3 and went into the final quarter down by two with the score 34-36.
D. Thompson tied the game up with the first score in the fourth period, but the Panthers went on a 5-2 run. Jenkins tied the game at 41-41, the teams swapped baskets the next few trips down the court, and midway through the frame Knightstown led 46-44. D. Thompson collected an old fashioned three-point play to give the Lions the lead, but the Panthers got back-to-back field goals from their big man Jake Byers to go up by three, with two minutes remaining.
D. Thompson went back to the line after getting hacked while making a basket under the rim, and with less than one minute remaining, the game was tied at 50-50. A turnover by Knightstown got the Lions the ball back with 29 ticks left. Jenkins drove the lane, kicked it out to K. Thompson, and sprinted out to the corner where K. Thompson barely got the ball back to the sophomore, who caught it and got his shot off just before the buzzer. The ball went in for Jenkins, his fourth from deep on the night and Rushville won 53-50.
Jenkins led the Lions in scoring in the contest with 21-points, a career high for the first year Lion, and the highest by any Lion this year. Also scoring on the night was D. Thompson with 13, K. Thompson 9, Nick Jarman 6, Morton 4
The Lawrenceburg Tigers are on a hot streak and a win over Jac-Cen-Del on Saturday moves them 12-3 on the season and gave them their seventh straight win. The Eagles got the first basket of the game, but the Tigers then went on a 12-0 run over the next six minutes with Logan Rohrer knocking down threes and Ben and Sam Cornett scoring at will. The Eagles added two last minute baskets in the period but the Tigers finished the first quarter up 15-8. Lawrenceburg held the Eagles to just six-points in the second quarter while adding 18 more to their tally to go into the half up 33-14. 11-points in the third quarter from the Eagles and the Tigers both had the score at 44-25 going into the final frame. The Eagles came out in the fourth quarter and went on a 6-0 run. Rohrer hit a three-pointer to stop the run and Cooper Bobo hit from deep also to put the Tigers up by 17. Lawrenceburg closed out the game from the charity stripe with Bobo and B. Cornet each cashing in on their shots to put the game away with a 56-42 win.
Rohrer led the Tigers in scoring with 20, B. Cornet 9, S. Cornet 8, Bobo 8, Charlie Meyer 6, Ethan Casebolt 3, and Gerrold Taylor 2.
The Tigers will have an EIAC matchup on Friday when the host Greensburg who is on a five-game win streak.
BATESVILLE – With their two top scorers still sidelined, the Franklin County Wildcats visited Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference rival Batesville Friday in hopes of snapping the team’s longest losing streak since the tail end of 2020-21. This wasn’t meant to be as Aaron Garrett’s Bulldogs shot out to a 21-5 lead in the first half, led by three touchdowns at halftime and pulled away late to post a 49-28 victory.
The third quarter provided a little scare for the host school when the Cats came aggressively out of the locker room to score 11 of the half’s first 15 points. Senior Tanner Weartz scored in the early moments and classmate Brady Morehead’s bucket was matched by Jack Grunkemeyer’s lay-in to make it 32-11, still the same deficit as the midpoint.
However, FC went on a 7-0 run in the next couple minutes to prompt a Bulldog timeout. Morehead scored once more, followed by a charging call on BHS’ Cade Kaiser. Xander Rodriguez made 1 of 2 at the charity stripe while Quinn Gillman and Eli Butt trimmed the Dogs’ lead to 32-18.
Rodriguez scored on the block (assist to Weartz) at 2:48 of the frame and a follow-up hoop by Weartz made it a 10-point game, extending FC’s spurt to 11 unanswered. This would prove to be the Wildcats’ last stand as Batesville responded with 11 consecutive of its own to make it 46-22 with Garrett inserting his deep reserves.
Carson Laker triggered the run with a straightaway three and it was 35-22 going into the fourth. Junior Sam Johnson hit a triple from the corner to make it a 17-point advantage, Grunkemeyer curled in the lane and Kaiser scored in transition to lead to Mark Foster calling time at 43-22. Chris Lewis made the second of two free throw attempts after an intentional foul call and Conner Drake had a reverse putback. FC closed with a 6-3 run.
In the game’s opening minutes, BHS built a 6-0 lead with Johnson’s lob to Kaiser and Cole Pride’s tip-in among the highlights. Butt’s trey with 4:28 on the clock halved the deficit to 6-3.
Over the next nine-plus minutes, though, the hosts outscored FC by 15-2. A Rodriguez goal (from Weartz) preceded an eight-minute drought by the guests. Meanwhile, Johnson tripled and Grunkemeyer and Pride scored down low to force an FC timeout at 2:57 of the first stanza. It was already 17-5 at the end of one.
A layup by Kaiser and steal and score for Lewis put the scoreboard at 21-5. Sophomore Landon Johnson stopped the run with a deep two-pointer. “Grunk” then followed in an offensive rebound but couldn’t complete the and-one. In the final minute, freshman Trenten Luers connected from long range. With 4.1 seconds until intermission, Pride went to the line for a one-and-one chance; he missed the first but FC was called for a lane violation and Pride proceeded to sink the next two to make it 28-7.
Kaiser led all scorers with 11 despite picking up his fourth foul with three minutes left in the third. Grunkemeyer dipped into double digits with 10 and Pride added 8. Gillman paced the visitors with 6. Additional scoring: S. Johnson (6), Drake (5), Rodriguez (5), Butt (5), Morehead (4), Weartz (4), L. Johnson (4), Laker (3), Luers (3), Lewis (3).
BHS (9-4, 2-1) faces Connersville at the Spartan Bowl Jan. 21 while FC (8-7, 1-4) has an 8-day break until a visit to Talawanda (Ohio) the evening of Jan. 28.