ST. LEON – Two undefeated Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference teams battled on Tuesday evening. The Franklin County Lady Wildcats took the 10-minute ride south to face the #9-ranked East Central Lady Trojans. EC was just too tough in winning 57-26.
EC pulled ahead quickly, going up 11-2 five minutes into the game. FC’s Kassidy Schell hit a three-pointer, but EC scored 11 more unanswered points to finish the first frame up 22-5. The Lady Trojans went on a 7-0 run to start the second quarter. Schell dropped in a free throw to stop the run with 5:26 to go in the half. EC scored six more points before Kiersten Schell scored on a layup bringing the score to 35-8 in EC’s favor. Ki. Schell hit two shots, including a long ball, but Trojan standout Josie Trabel finished off the half strong with 16 at the midway point; the Lady Trojans led 39-14 by halftime. Ki. Schell led the Lady Cats in the half with nine points.
Halfway through the third frame, EC increased their lead by 34 points and by the end of the period led 55-21. Franklin County (3-1) came on the court for the final frame and scored the first two baskets, while the Lady Trojans started 0-of-6 shooting. Sophomore Emily Klem ended the drought for EC with just under two minutes to go in the contest. The Klem basket became the final points scored on the evening as the Lady Trojans collected a conference win and moved to 3-0 on the season.
Unofficial Scoring: East Central- Trabel 23, Laney Baker 14, Klem 12, Caitlyn Dick 5, and Addyson Arnult 3. Franklin County– Ki. Schell 12, Ka. Schell 5, Nicole Mears 4, Tiffany Billman 2, Macy Crain 2, Josie Rolfes 1.
Greensburg- Rivals North Decatur and Greensburg faced off against each other Tuesday evening in Greensburg. The Lady Pirates took an early lead with freshman Aly Powers hitting two three pointers and putting her squad up 10-2 midway through the first frame. Freshman Carmen Thackery came off the bench and scored eight points to put the Lady Bucs up 21-11 after the first quarter. A third Greensburg freshman Mary Harmon started the second period with a steal and an assist to Leah West, then Harmon went coast to coast after collecting a rebound and scoring on a layup to put GCHS up 32-14. North then warmed up from the field going on a 7-0 run with Kelsey Haley hitting a three and Ella Kunz working the boards and scoring on put backs. With 2:20 to go in the half the Greensburg lead was cut to 12. West hit a free throw and that was the last Lady Bucs score of the half. Haley and Kunz both scored again, and the score was 33-25 at the half. North kept the momentum going to begin the third period. Madelyn Bohman and Madi Allen scored for the Lady Chargers, and Kunz added a basket to cut the lead to two points. West scored in the pain on back-to-back possessions for Greensburg, and Harmon hit from downtown to pull the lead back to double digits. Allen went to the line and completed a three-point play. The Lady Bucs defense held North to five more points in the frame while scoring 12, led by Carlee Adams who connected on two three-point shots. The Lady Bucs led going into the final frame 53-39. The Lady Chargers, led by Kunz, made an effort to get back in the game with Kunz matching the Lady Pirates total quarter points, and dropped nine points in the final frame. The 17 points scored by North in the period wasn’t enough to overcome the Greensburg lead. The 62-56 victory moves the Lady Bucs to 2-0 on the season. Greensburg will be at home Friday night when they host State champion runner ups from a year ago Franklin (2-0), who dropped 80 on the Lady Bucs in last season’s match-up. Unofficial Stats
LAWRENCEBURG – A big first half by the host Lawrenceburg Tigers, together with a pair of Batesville offensive cogs absent in the second half, translated into a 33-7 sectional championship for LHS on an unseasonably mild Friday evening. The team’s fourth straight title is a new school record. LHS scored two touchdowns in each of the first two frames to enter halftime up 26-7. The striped ones would add a late TD to punch their ticket to Southridge for the regional round. Hopes of a comeback by the upstart Bulldogs were dampened when starting quarterback Will Jaisle and No. 1 receiver Bryson Bonelli came back from the locker room in street clothes. The Tigers relied heavily on feature running back Teagan Bennett, who crossed the 200-yard threshold late in the contest. For their part, Batesville exposed Lawrenceburg’s run defense as sophomore Gage Pohlman pounded for over 170 yards. The difference lay in the home team’s ability to finish five of their drives in the end zone versus just one for BHS. The Dogs’ lone TD, however, was an improvement over the shutout suffered at the hands of LHS earlier this season. Spotting Lawrenceburg a 13-0 lead, the Bulldogs got within six on a 10-play, 78-yard drive culminating with Jaisle’s 18-yard strike to fellow sophomore Cade Kaiser – and freshman Brady Wonnell’s extra point – in the opening seconds of the second quarter. The drive started ominously with a 7-yard sack, but Pohlman scampered 15 yards to erase the loss. A 13-yard catch by Bonelli and ensuing personal foul on the hit later placed the Dogs in the red zone. A series of penalties preceded the score – offsides on LHS and BHS hit with illegal procedure and ineligible man downfield. The Tigers answered right back, going 68 yards to extend the lead to 19-7. A 36-yard connection from Logan Ahaus to Alex Witte across the middle on 3rd-and-5 kept the drive moving. After another first down, Brennan Bushman caught his second TD of the game from 14 yards out. A sweep on the conversion play failed. Pohlman’s 39-yard burst opened BHS’ next possession. Things quickly went south, though, with a tackle for loss and a fumble recovered by the Dogs but only after another 12-yard loss. Trenton Roell’s ensuing punt went into the back of a teammate in the backfield and the Tigers nearly turned the mishap into six more. That would come to fruition on Witte’s 2-yard run a few plays later; Ryan Hinthorne’s kick was the final point of the half. The next drive would take BHS’ offensive leaders out of commission. Pohlman carried early for a dozen and Bonelli added another first down on a 10-yard catch; but it came with a price tag as he left the game. Pohlman then picked up 42 yards on three plays. On a 4th-down play, Jaisle was crunched for a 10-yard sack. Sophomore QB Carson Schneider looked to pick up the slack as the new half got underway. He was met with a 3-and-out before the teams traded turnovers. Witte fumbled the ball away on the Tigers’ next possession. Pohlman had a 10-yard carry but a play later, Schneider was popped in the act of throwing and the pigskin landed in Witte’s hands. A holding call on the return and another hold later led to a Tiger punt. A short field gave BHS a chance to get back in the game. Pohlman got to the Tiger 36-yard line on an 18-yard rush. On a 4-yard scramble, Schneider took a personal foul which put the Dogs in the red zone. The backup hurler later converted a 4th-and-2 pass to Kaiser for 1st-and-goal. The next fourth down didn’t go as well, with LHS converging on Schneider; the QB recovered his own fumble, but the Tigers had a turnover on downs. Neither side had any success on their next drives. Later, backed up to their own 7, the Tigers had a breakthrough with a 90-yard Bennett run. He carried twice more into the end zone. Hinthorne capped off the night’s scoring and LHS finished with three first downs and victory formation late in the game. Around a Batesville 3-and-out, Lawrenceburg built a quick two-score lead in the first period. Bennett carried for 43 yards early and Witte finished the opening drive with 15 yards, the last three on a TD run. Hinthorne’s kick was wide. LHS needed to go just 46 yards after the Bulldog punt. Bushman and Witte converted first downs; on a 3rd-down play, Ahaus spotted Bushman for a 23-yard catch-and-carry across the goal line. BHS finished 6-6. Along with Bonelli and Roell, seniors Abe Hollins, Conner Ertel, Trent Kincade, Evan Williamson, Phoenix Hostetler, Blake Hon and Nick McConnell played their final games. Tigers 33, Bulldogs 7 Batesville – 0 7 0 0 – 7 Lawrenceburg – 13 13 0 7 – 33 First Quarter L – Witte 3-yard run, 8:34. Kick wide. L – Bushman 23-yard pass from Ahaus, 5:00. Hinthorne kick. Second Quarter B – Kaiser 18-yard pass from Jaisle, 11:54. Wonnell kick. L – Bushman 14-yard pass from Ahaus, 8:00. Run failed. L – Witte 2-yard run, 2:39. Hinthorne kick. Fourth Quarter L – Bennett 1-yard run, 7:05. Hinthorne kick. Total yards: B 184, L 378 Rushing: B 133, L 242 Passing: B 51, L 136 1st Downs: B 12, L 12 Penalties: B 5-32, L 13-106 Fumbles/lost: B 3/0, L 1/1 Batesville: Rushing: Pohlman 25-171, Schneider 5(-12), Deacon Hamilton 1(-1), Damien Dance 2-0, Jaisle 5(-25). Passing: Schneider 2-3-4 (int), Kaiser 0-1, Jaisle 4-8-47. Receiving: Kaiser 3-28, Bobby Weiler 1-0, Bonelli 2-23. Lawrenceburg: Rushing: Bennett 25-203, Witte 8-37, Ahaus 1-2. Passing: Ahaus 7-10-136. Receiving: Witte 1-36, Bushman 4-83, Noah Knigga 1-12, Bennett 1-5.
The Franklin County Lady Wildcats’ basketball team had about as good a weekend as coach Kyle VanMeter could have asked for as his team starts the season 3-0. Franklin County’s last 3-0 start came in 2017 when they started 5-0 before falling to Lawrenceburg. Friday night FC dominated host Rising Sun with a 75-32 victory. Senior Kassidy Schell had a career night, scoring 35 points and tying the school record by hitting seven three-pointers; she tied Whitney Gillman and Amber Calihan. Schell nearly matched the single-game record of 40 points scored by Brandi Jolliff, a mark which has stood since 2007. The Lady Cats went up 19-6 after the first frame with Schell hitting three of her long balls in the period. Another solid quarter put FC up 41-12 at halftime. The third frame went to the Lady Cats, and they took a 30-point lead into the fourth quarter, 58-28. In the final frame the Lady Cats added 17 points and held the Lady Shiners to just four points to give them the 43-point blowout. Schell’s 35 points led FC; junior Nicole Mears and sophomore Tiffany Billman each chipped in 10 points in the victory. Saturday’s matchup saw the Lady Cats face the Madison Lady Cubs in the home gymnasium. The Lady Cats played spoiler to the Lady Cubs’ season opener with a 46-39 win. Senior Kiersten Schell was leading scorer for FC, dropping 16 points on Madison. FC jumped out to 13-8 lead after the first frame and went into halftime up 24-17. The second half began with Madison going on a run while holding the Lady Cats to just six points in the frame. FC escaped with a two-point lead through three stanzas. A 16-point fourth quarter from FC and great defense got the Lady Cats the 7-point victory. Ka. Schell was second in scoring for FC with 12 points. Cam Cahall scored a dozen for the Cubs and Breck Ralston had 10. Friday night the Lady Cats are back in action facing off with Northeastern. FC will be celebrating youth night and introducing all the youth program players before the varsity game. Friday is also Veteran’s Day. FCHS will be honoring all veterans at the game. If you are a veteran, you and your family will be admitted into the game for FREE that night.
Rushville’s first home game in Memorial Gym brought the Eastern Hancock Lady Royals to town Saturday afternoon. In a close battle, the Lions eventually triumphed 49-44. Munchel started hot again, hitting two three-pointers for the Lady Lions. Turnovers from the offense let the Lady Royals pull ahead, going up 15-10 through the first frame. A defensive battle took place in the second quarter with Rushville coming out on top scoring nine to Eastern Hancock’s eight. Down 23-19 at the half, Boyer put up nine points in the third period to bring Rushville within one – the score 31-30 after three. Both squads battled in a high-scoring fourth quarter. Rushville seniors Gossett and Munchel each scored seven points in the frame with Boyer adding five more to her total from the free throw line. Tied at 40-40, Rushville got a big three from Munchel and pulled ahead. Rushville was led in scoring by Boyer with 18, Munchel 15, and Gossett with 11. Gossett completed the double-double with a dozen boards and added 2 steals. Boyer had 9 rebounds and an assist while Munchel posted 4 caroms, 2 steals and 1 assist. Rounding out scoring, Parsley and Herbert each had 2 and Smith a foul shot. Smith, Buzzard and Kuhn had 2 boards each, with Herbert adding 2 steals and an assist.
Knightstown- Rushville faced off with the New Castle Lady Trojans at the Hoosier Gym on Friday night. Rushville jumped out to an early lead with Briley Munchel getting hot from three point land. Munchel’s 14 points all came in the first frame as the Lady Lions pressed New Castle’s offense and went up 27-6 after the first frame. Both squads added 4 points each in the second quarter and Rushville led 31-10 at halftime. Leonie Boyer dominated the third frame scoring 12 points and putting the Lady Lions up 45-16 after three quarters. New Castle doubled their total dropping 16 on the Rushville reserves in the final frame, But Melissa Marlow’s Lady Lions pulled out the win 49-32 to start the season. Leading Rushville in scoring was Boyer with 21, Munchel with 14, and the senior Belle Gossett scored 7 with five of her points coming from the charity stripe.
The Lady Pirates opened the season at home with a dominating win over the Lady Eagles Friday night. Leah West led GCHS with 23 points, her 10 point first quarter put the Bucs out front 26-5 through one and up 42-11 at the half. Carlee Adams kept Greensburg in the lead adding five points in the third frame. JCD added 24 second half points but freshman Aly Powers put up eight points in the second half to keep Greensburg out front and cruise to a 69-35 win. West scored 23, Powers 16, and Emma McQueen had 11 to lead the Lady Pirates in scoring. Greensburg will host North Decatur on Tuesday.
When named the new Batesville varsity girls basketball coach in May, alumnus Mitchell Taylor stated he wished to get “the program back to where it was” when the team was “competing for a sectional title year in and year out.” Saturday evening at New Palestine, the former Bulldog officially gets the chance to see that through when BHS takes on the Class 4A Lady Dragons. Taylor, who headed the girls JV squad last year after a brief stint at Brownstown, has some intriguing pieces to plug into the Bulldog lineup in his first go-round. Guard Makayla Granger-Young, a slashing lefty, is a welcome returnee to the Dogs after sitting out the entire 2021-22 season with a knee injury. As a sophomore, she averaged 9.8 points per game and 3.4 rebounds while hitting 26 3-pointers. In the frontcourt, sophomores Aly Peters and Sophie Gesell showed loads of promise in their freshman campaigns as they wore varsity suits from day one. Peters landed 8.9 ppg and 4.8 rpg while shooting 45% from the field. Gesell, more of a swing player, put in 4.1 ppg and grabbed 3.1 rebounds while dishing just under 2 assists per contest. A trio of seniors, along with Granger-Young, will look to provide leadership to a still young squad. Emma Weiler mans the point guard position, scoring at a 6.8 clip last winter and splashing 25 triples. Lizzy Nobbe and Ava Hanson played almost exclusively for Taylor’s JV team a year ago. Representing the junior class is forward Claire Saner, also searching for her first quality varsity minutes. A pair of sophomores round out the roster – forwards Marlee Obermeyer and Lydia Haskamp. The latter saw some varsity time as a frosh and the former had a 10-point effort to her credit in JV action. New Pal has seven straight winning seasons under its belt. The schedule will be a little friendlier after the opener, with Union County coming for the home opener Nov. 11 – the first of five straight home games. North Decatur visits the next night, Seymour and South Ripley the following weekend and Jac-Cen-Del the day after Thanksgiving. December features three home Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference matches – Lawrenceburg on the 8th, Franklin Co. on the 13th and East Central on the 17th. The Waldron holiday tourney is Dec. 27. As always, the Ripley Co. tournament opens the new year and Hauser (Jan. 14) and Greensburg (Jan. 21) visit prior to the sectional. EC again has the upper hand in the conference, with Indiana Miss Basketball candidate Josie Trabel leading the way. Rushville and Greensburg figure to be in the upper tier.
The Lady Lions’ basketball team will be looking for their 34th sectional championship this season after capturing number 33 last season. Coach Melissa Marlow is returning three starters from last year’s sectional championship team that finished 17-10 and only allowed 41 points per game. The season begins this Friday, Nov. 4. The Lady Lions will take on New Castle at the Hoosier Gym in Knightstown. Rushville opened the season last year with a 52-25 win over the Lady Trojans. The first home game on Cinda Rice Brown court will be this Saturday afternoon when they host Eastern Hancock. The Lady Lions will be returning one of the top defensive players in the conference with Briley Munchel back for her senior season. The guard is a three-year starter who has averaged 2.1 steals per game through her first three years. Her 9.4 points per game last season ranked second highest on the team. Rushville returns two frontcourt players who could make an impact this season. Senior Belle Gossett and sophomore Leonie Boyer both have varsity experience. Last year Boyer saw her playing time increase in the second half of season as she shot 34% from three-point range. Gossett, at only 5’5”, plays much larger than her height and gave Marlow a powerful presence on defense in her second season as starter. She averaged 5.7 points per game, 3.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals for the forward position. Marlow stated, “The Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference is solid all the way around, East Central and Greensburg are looking strong this season.” She added, “We had a great summer with a young team, Gossett and Munchel have been working very hard and staying committed to the team as leaders.” The Lady Lions will have a few new faces on the varsity team this season. Gracie Buzzard, Olivia Smith, Kylee Herbert, Kiley Parsley and Erica Kuhn will all see playing time for Rushville this season. The Northridge holiday tourney is Dec. 29 and sectional in early February.
The Greensburg girls’ basketball posted its first losing season last year under the direction of head coach Jason Simpson, who still owns a commanding 75%-win percentage in what is now his ninth season leading the Lady Pirates. The blue and white were clearly playing their best ball at the end of the season, however, winning six of nine after the new year and falling in overtime to Rushville in the sectional final. That momentum should carry over well into the 2022-23 calendar, starting with tomorrow night’s season opener at home against Jac-Cen-Del. North Decatur visits Tuesday. The Pirates are still extremely young, with 6-foot junior post Carlee Adams being the elder stateswoman. She contributed 5.5 points per game as a sophomore and nearly matched that with 5.3 boards a pop. A quintet of sophomores, getting their baptism under fire last winter, return for the Bucs. Guard Mylie Wilkison’s early availability is uncertain as she nurses an injury. Backcourt mates Emma McQueen, Ava Austin and Kayla Tamm are back, as is 6-1 power forward Leah West. Wilkison scored at an excellent 15.5 clip and added 3.2 rebounds as a frosh. She sank 31 3-pointers. West went for 12.9 points and 8.5 caroms, adding 1 block per match. Tamm put in 8.1 points per contest and added 61 long balls. McQueen averaged 3.4 rebounds per game a year ago. A deep and precocious freshman class enters the fray for Simpson: guards Carmen Thackery, Mary Harmon, Aly Powers and Lilly Murray; forward/center Elizabeth Balser; guard/forward Emma Kuntz and center Bailey Clark. East Central remains the class of the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference, led by Indiana Miss Basketball candidate Josie Trabel. The Pirates and Rushville appear to be the toughest outs beyond that. Greensburg plays in the Plainfield holiday tourney Dec. 29-30. Sectional is the first week in February.