WESTPORT — Foul trouble and a low shooting percentage caught up with the South Decatur Cougars late in the action on Friday night against the Hauser Jets.
The Jets won, 79-57 on the Cougars home court.
South Decatur shot just 10-39 (25.6 percent) in the first half, but still found themselves only down seven at the buzzer.
The Cougars opened the half on an 11-2 run to pull ahead of the Jets, proving the team could overcome the poor shooting first half.
Quickly though, Lane Lauderbaugh picked up his fourth foul. Zach Luttel was already on the bench with four fouls.
Trent Nobbe then fouled out of the game.
The Hauser Jets took full advantage of the Cougars troubles and went on a 20-2 run to end the third quarter. After the promising start to the half, the Cougars faced a 16-point deficit entering the final quarter.
Hauser’s tempo and tenacity did not slow as they continued to pull away from the Cougars until the final whistle blew.
The Cougars finished the night shooting 19-68 (27.9 percent). They had 18 turnovers.
Hunter Johnson was the leading scorer with 23 points on 23 shot attempts. Lauderbaugh joined him in double figures with 18 points.
The Cougars played without role players Wyatt Gatewood and Tyler Sporleder due to illness. They also lost freshman Kyle Tetrick in the game due to injury.
In junior varsity action, the Cougars leaned on Gage Walters again to pull out a victory. Walters scored 26 en route to a 60-42 win. Gage Mings added 15 points on five made 3-pointers.
Heidlage scores 26, Bulldogs beat Chargers
GREENSBURG — Batesville’s Trey Heidlage dropped 26 points on Friday night and the visiting Batesville Bulldogs held on to a 56-51 win.
After leading at the end of the first quarter, the Chargers fell into a deep hole during the second quarter. Shots were not falling and the Bulldogs could not be stopped offensively.
Facing a 10-point deficit, the Chargers slowly climbed back into the game. Garrett Metz scoring ability and Batesville’s loss of Siefert due to injury propelled the Chargers to outscore the Bulldogs in both the third and fourth quarters.
The outscoring was not quite enough to close the 10-point gap though.
Metz was the Chargers leading scorer with 16 points. Garrett Wood chipped in 13 points.
The junior varsity Chargers remained undefeated with a 39-30 win. Trey Nobbe, Brandon Borgman and Westin Swango each scored 11 points.
The Chargers host East Central on Saturday night.
Friday at South Decatur:
Hauser 79, South Decatur 57
South Decatur: Hunter Johnson 8-23 3-4 23, Lane Lauderbaugh 7-21 4-6 18, Kelby Shook 2-5 1-2 7, Evan Wullenweber 1-8 2-3 5, Conner Bower 1-5 1-2 3, Zach Luttel 0-5 0-0 0. Totals: 19-68 11-17 57.
Halftime score: Hauser 31, South Decatur 24. Rebounds: 29 (Johnson 7, Shook 7, Luttel 5, Lauderbaugh 4, Bower 3, Wullenweber 3). Assists: 6 (Lauderbaugh, Johnson, Wullenweber, Bower, Shook, Luttel 1). Steals: 6 (Lauderbaugh 4, Johnson 1, Wullenweber 1). Turnovers: 18.