Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Sports

March 5, 2013

South’s 15-win season ends in final

Greensburg — Saturday’s final result in the South Decatur Sectional 60 tournament championship was not the way the host Cougars wanted to play their last game in their home gym.

South fell to Jac-Cen-Del 39-35 in a game the Cougars led in the second half.

The way the Cougars played Saturday was a stark contrast to the resilience South showed in Friday’s overtime win over Shawe Memorial.

“It wasn’t indicative of our team this season,” said South head coach Tom Black. “It could have been the pressure of being in the sectional. The basket looks smaller and smaller. Jac-Den-Del was a little bit quicker to loose balls than we were. We were sloppy with the basketball. We just didn’t play very well tonight, for whatever reason. Jac-Cen-Del just played better than us. You have to give credit to JCD. They understood what it took to play well this time of year, and made the plays they needed to throughout the game.”

South trailed 4-2 in an offensively-challenged first quarter, and the Eagles carried a 18-16 lead into halftime.

The Eagles led South 30-25 late in the third quarter. South, though, went on a 6-0 run to reclaim the lead. Seniors Jordan Hatton and Josh Miller each made baskets to push South ahead 31-30 at the third stop.

Alex Pilz lifted JCD back on top 32-31 to begin the fourth quarter, but Hatton answered with a basket for the 33-32 lead.

Senior Byron Balser made a heads-up play that led to another lead-changer in favor of his team. He saved the ball from going out-of-bounds before falling into the stands, and junior Taylor Kopplin swiped the ball up for a driving layup to make it 35-34 with 5:04 left.

Unfortunately for South, though, that was its last lead as foul trouble signaled the Cougars’ demise. A basket by junior Adam Siebert gave JCD the lead for good at the 2:45 mark, and three foul shots gave the Eagles the two-possession lead that provided the victory.

Kopplin led South with 14 points, including a trio of 3-pointers. Balser followed with 12 points, including a pair of triples. Hatton finished with six points, Miller scored two and junior Andrew Wullenweber chipped in a free throw.

Siebert led all scorers with 15 points for the Eagles. Senior Trent Smith followed with 11, including a team-high three treys.

The Cougars finish 15-7 on the season.

“They had a lot of special moments this year,” said Black of the Cougars. “It’s hard to have the ball bounce that way. It’s just unfortunate that it bounced that way.”

Black said one of the most special moments of the season was the semifinal win over Shawe Memorial in overtime.

“Shawe certainly gave us all they had,” he said. In the end, though, South prevailed on senior Cameron Agnew’s last-second layup for a one-point win, 54-53.

The loss also signaled the final game for Agnew, Balser, Taylor Campos, Hatton, Miller and Ben Tichenor. Black commented on the legacy that South’s six seniors left on the program.

“They were a fun group, a special group,” said Black. “I’m proud of them not just for the number of games they won this season, but for finding a way to succeed in in-game situations. We were playing with confidence that they were taught to play with throughout the season. I hope that future generations of South Decatur basketball hold onto the confidence that these kids have received.”

Contact Nick Gonnella at (812) 663-3111, x7003.

 

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Bucks' Miller injured again COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State will update the status of Braxton Miller following a report that the star quarterback reinjured his throwing shoulder during practice.The school had refused to comment on The Columbus Dispatch report but canceled schedule

    August 20, 2014

  • Shelbyville finds gold after sectional misfortune One might never consider a 42-7 loss as something that could be a true benefit for a high school football team. However, in the case of Shelbyville’s Pat Parks, being humbled by five touchdowns in last year’s Class 4A sectional championship game at C

    August 20, 2014

  • Clarification To further clarify the preview story about North Decatur volleyball, and first-year coach Mark Burry, the Chargers’ mentor hoped to reconstruct some of the wording. “The wording about my playing history could be misunderstood and become a distraction

    August 20, 2014

  • McAfee still wonders what might have been on FG try INDIANAPOLIS - Two days after the Indianapolis Colts punter, Pat McAfee, narrowly missed a 64-yard field goal that would have provided the winning points in a 27-26 National Football League pre-season loss to the New York Giants Saturday night, McAfe

    August 20, 2014

  • spt-gb082014 Golf picture Roundup: Greensburg golfers split pair of matches The Greensburg girls’ golf team stands 1-1 after splitting matches against Triton Central and East Central.In the opener against Triton Central, Greensburg was led by Bri Stagge’s medalist 42. In a 203-221 loss to East Central, Stagge again led the P

    August 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Florida St. still No. 1 in college football Finish No. 1. Start No. 1. Even Bobby Bowden’s best Florida State teams never did that.Jimbo Fisher’s Seminoles will. Jameis Winston and the defending national champions are preseason No. 1 for the sixth time.In two of the previous five seasons Flori

    August 19, 2014

  • spt-gb081914 Football picture County football teams pass step one After the dust had settled and they had time to digest what they had seen, the head football coaches in Decatur County all shared a like sentiment. Friday’s scrimmages not only were a success, they provided each of the three programs with a strong fo

    August 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • spt-gb081914 Gordon picture Restart helps Gordon to victory at Michigan BROOKLYN, Mich.-- Jeff Gordon’s third Sprint Cup win of the season came down to one crucial restart.Gordon got the better of Joey Logano and led Sunday’s race at Michigan International Speedway with 16 laps remaining. After that, he had little troubl

    August 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Area schedule Today4:30 Girls Golf: South Decatur at Southwestern (Shelby).4:30 Girls Golf: Jac-Cen-Del at North Decatur.5:00 Soccer: Greensburg at Rising Sun.6:00 Volleyball: North Decatur at Union County.Thursday4:30 Girls Golf: North Decatur at South Decatur.5:

    August 19, 2014

  • Education priority for Notre Dame SOUTH BEND, Ind.— Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly on Saturday dismissed talk that he needs to do a better job of recruiting players who are better students to avoid the academic problems that have plagued the football program for the past 15 months.“I t

    August 19, 2014

NCAA Photo Roundup
Twitter Updates
NCAA Top 25
AP Video
Changes Coming to No-Fly List Raw: IDF Footage Said to Show Airstrikes Police: Ferguson More Peaceful Raw: Aftermath of Airstrike in Gaza Raw: Thousands March on Pakistani Parliament Raw: World's Oldest Man Lives in Japan Fire Crews Tame Yosemite Fire Raw: Police Weapon Drawn Near Protesters, Media Raw: Deadly Landslides in Japan Raw: Explosions in Gaza As Airstrikes Resume Arrests Witnessed in Ferguson Charter Schools Alter Post-Katrina Landscape Texas Gov. Perry: Indictment 'a Political Act' US Officials: Video Shows American's Beheading Video Shows Ferguson Cop Months Before Shooting Water Bottles Recalled for Safety Researcher Testing On-Field Concussion Scanners
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.