The Rushville Lady Lions fell to the Jennings County Lady Panthers on Tuesday evening. Rushville got behind early after a 7-0 JC run to start the game. Briley Munchel scored on a jumper to stop the run, but the Lady Panthers scored seven more unanswered points. Belle Gossett hit a three to make it 14-5, the squads traded baskets over the next few possessions, and with one play left Munchel hit a long three at the buzzer to make the score 21-14 through one period. The Lady Panthers started quarter number two on a 5-0 run. Rushville got the deep ball working after that with Munchel hitting three from outside the arc and Gossett another to pull the Lady Lions within seven of JC. Rushville went scoreless the remainder of the frame, while giving up five more points and going into halftime down 38-26. Jennings County extended their run into the next half with 10 unanswered points before Leonie Boyer hit a free throw for RCHS. Boyer added five more points to pull the Lady Lions within 11 points. Eight more points by JC pulled them back ahead but a half court shot from Gossett at the buzzer brought the score to 53-42 with Rushville trailing once again by 11. In the first half of the fourth period JC outscored Rushville 9-6, then went on a 6-0 run before Rushville scored again. The Lady Lions lost 68-53 and now sit aat 4-6 on the season.
The Lady Lions were led in scoring by Munchel who hit seven three pointers and scored 23 points. Gossett added 13, Boyer 11, Kylee Herbert 6, and Erika Kuhn 2. Rushville travels to Lawrenceburg (7-2) on Saturday for an EIAC matchup.
Coach Melissa Marlow and the Rushville Lady Lions would soon like to forget Saturday evenings conference game with Greensburg. The Lady Lions led by double digits for most of game, but they saw a fourth quarter lead disappear and Rushville found themselves trailing with less them a minute to play. Greensburg’s Leah West had a career game, dropping 30 points and leading her team back from 13 points down at halftime. The Lady Pirates snatched their third EIAC win in a row and sixth overall win on the season.
The first period began with a West three pointer putting the Lady Pirates up 3-0, then a two minute dry spell for both teams took place. Belle Gossett got Rushville on the board at the 5:30 mark and that started a scoring run for both squads. Mary Harmon hit two baskets and West another, Greensburg went up 9-4. Kylee Herbert and Gossett scored for the Lady Lions, then GCHS freshman Aly Powers scored two-points. Briley Munchel got her first basket with 2:00 to go in the period and that began a Rushville run where they scored 11 unanswered points. West added a free throw with 15 seconds to go but Rushville was up 19-12 after one period. Gossett put up 11 points in the first frame and started the second with two more points. The remainder of the quarter was low scoring affair with West scoring four points for Greensburg and the Lady Lions scoring eight points, led by Leonie Boyer with four. Rushville led by 13 at the half 29-16.
The third quarter went in favor of the Lady Pirates with West scoring eight points in the frame and Powers adding five. Rushville scored eight in period, four of those points from the charity stripe. Greensburg cut the lead to eight by the end of the period, Rushville led 37-29. West came out firing in the final frame and scored six points in the first two minutes, cutting the lead to four. Boyer went four for four from the free throw line and Munchel scored a basket putting the Lady Lions up by eight with 4:30 to play. The Lady Pirates went on a 8-0 run over the next three minutes with West hitting a three to tie the game up at 43-43. With under a minute to play Harmon drove the lane and laid in basket to give Greensburg the lead. The minute was a free throw battle with West hitting three of four for GCHS and Rushville hitting four of six. The Lady Pirates got the fourth quarter come from behind win with a score of 48-47. Greensburg is now 6-4 on the season and moves to 3-1 in EIAC games. The Lions drop to 4-5 and 1-1 in conference games.
The Lady Lions will host Jennings County(5-1) on Tuesday. Greensburg will look to extend their three game win streak next Friday when they host Batesville(4-5) for an EIAC matchup.
GCHS- West 30, Powers 10, Harmon 6, and Carmen Thackery 2
RCHS- Gossett 15, Boyer 10, Munchel 10, Olivia Smith 6, Herbert 4, and Gracie Buzzard 2.
Lady Lions senior Belle Gossett started Rushville off sinking a three pointer, but the lead quickly disappeared. Whiteland hit back-to-back shots, Briley Munchel and Gossett each hit a basket and Munchel went to the free throw line and hit to give Rushville a 9-7 lead. The Lady Warriors held with RCHS and Addison Emberton dropped in a 10-footer to put Whiteland up 16-13. Erika Kuhn added one from the charity stripe and the Lady Lions were behind 16-14 after one period.
The Lady Warriors dominated the second frame opening up with a 20-4 run that ate up most of the clock in the period. Munchel hit a long ball to break a three-minute scoreless stretch for Rushville. Whiteland went into halftime up by 16 with the score 37-21. They outscored the Lady Lions 21-7 in the quarter. The third quarter looked like the Lady Warriors would run away with it hitting two quick shots. The Rushville defense stood their ground and held Whiteland to just six more points in the quarter. The Lady Lions finished the quarter on an 11-2 run thanks to Leonie Boyer who went six for six from the free throw line in the period. Rushville finished the third period down by just nine, 47-38.
The final period started with a Whiteland free throw, then two long balls in a row from Gossett pulled the Lady Lions within six. Whiteland’s center Brooklyn Taylor then scored six points and Rushville was down by nine again. Another Gossett trey kept the Lady Warriors from pulling away, but Emberton added the final six points for Whiteland and the Lady Lions lost 60-50. The loss has Rushville at 4-4 on the season. Next up is a tough EIAC match up hosting Greensburg on Saturday evening.
Rushville was led in scoring by the senior duo of Gossett and Munchel who both scored 16 points on the night. Boyer scored 15, Oliva Smith 2, Kuhn 1.
The Rushville Lady Lions had a week off since their last game to prepare for Union County on Wednesday night. The first quarter of play appeared as if neither team had played since last winter. A four-minute stretch where both teams went 0-10, only 11 total combined points in the frame, and more turnovers than a coach would want to see in the entire game. With 25 seconds to go in the quarter the Lady Lions led 3-2. Each team drained a three pointer to save face for the squads after the previous seven minutes and 30 seconds of basketball. Kylee Herbert drained Rushville’s long ball and UC’s Peityn Gillman hit another with five ticks to go in the period, Rushville came out on top 6-5.
The second frame saw both offenses clicking. Four different Lady Lions scored in the frame with Leonie Boyer hitting her first basket of the night and Ericka Kuhn going two-for-two from the foul line to give Rushville a 10-5 lead. Gillman brought the Lady Patriots back, scoring seven points over the next three minutes to put UC on top 12-10. Two more baskets had UC up 16-11 with 1:50 to play in the half. Rushville senior Belle Gossett went on her own 5-0 run to tie the game back up at 16-16 as the teams went into the locker room.
The Lady Lions got in their grove in the third frame dropping 16 points on the Union County defense. Gossett led the charge, scoring six of her game high 17 points in the period. Rushville learned not to send UC’s Katie McCashland to the line, she went a perfect six for six on the freebies in the frame to keep the Lady Pats close. Briley Munchel scored five in the quarter and Rushville led 32-29 through three quarters of play.
The Lady Patriots hit two quick deep balls to start the final period and pulled within two-points, but Rushville’s defense took over. They held UC to just one more field goal in the game and finished off the contest hitting 5 of 6 free throws and putting up 14 more points. Gracie Buzzard scored five of her six points in the final quarter while Rushville cruised to a 47-40 win. The victory moves them back over .500 at 4-3 on the season. Rushville will have week off before the are back in action, they host the Whiteland Lady Warriors (3-6) next Wednesday, December 7. They host Greensburg in their second EIAC game on Saturday Dec. 10. Both contests have a 7:30 varsity tip time.
Unofficial stats- RCHS – Gossett 17 points, Munchel 9, Herbert 8, Buzzard 6, Boyer 5, Kuhn 2. UCHS – Gillman 10, C. McCashland 8, Fields 8, K. McCashland 6, Hill 4, Gray 2, Hughes 2.
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.