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Lady Wildcat reserves pick up victory

By The NEWS-EXAMINER

BROOKVILLE — Kairee Hodapp scored 10 points, and added four rebounds and a pair of steals, helping the Franklin County junior varsity girls basketball team earn a 47-30 victory over Hagerstown on Tuesday.

Trailing 14-13 after one quarter, the Lady Wildcat reserves outscored the Tigers 9-5 through the second frame to take a 22-19 lead into the second half.

The Lady Tigers kept the game within reach in the third, as the team faced a manageable 30-26 deficit heading into the game’s final eight minute period.

Once there however, Franklin County took control, outscoring their guests 17-4 to put the game into its win column.

Alexis Ball added eight points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals to FC’s ledger. Karlie Hahn also scored eight, and hauled down six rebounds.

Ashlan Hill chimed in with six points.

Middle School girls open 2017-18 season

Both the Connersville Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade girls red teams were in action for the first time in the 2017-18 season, hosting Centerville on Wednesday evening.

Both teams were winners in their openers, as the eighth-grade team dominated its way to a 34-7 victory, and the seventh-grade unit hung on for a thrilling 23-22 win.

The eighth-grade team was paced by Paige Dunaway’s 13 points. She was followed by Hannah Sizemore with seven. Erica Smith added four points.

“As a whole, the team played well together, making good passes and playing very strong on defense,” eighth-grade coach Jay King said.

In the seventh-grade game, a fast start, paced by four steals from Sara Ruble, enabled the Lady Spartans to take early control.

In the scoring column, Kendra Boyd led the way with 11 points, followed by Ruble with eight. On the boards, Chloe Griffin hauled down 10 rebounds.

“This was a nice start for this team, picking up a hard-fought win,” seventh-grade coach Don Crum said. “We threatened to pull away a few times, but Centerville did a good job staying close.

“Tonight’s game was won on the defensive end of the court, the girls were able to get the stops when they needed to.”

CMS eighth girls white fall in opener

Following a very slow start in the team’s season-opener against St. Mary’s on Tuesday night, the Connersville Middle School eighth-grade girls white squad suffered a 17-7 setback.

Connersville was held scoreless through the first half, and found itself staring down a 12-0 deficit, heading into the locker room.

Through the second half however, the Spartan girls outscored their opponent 7-5, providing the final margin between the two scores.

Abby Badore led CMS with three points.

“Grace Usher did a great job in the second half, driving to the rim and being aggressive on defense,” CMS eighth white coach Kyle Carsey said.

Connersville boys white sweeps two from New Castle

NEW CASTLE — Both Connersville Middle School boy white units were successful on Wednesday night, picking up road victories at New Castle.

The eighth-grade boys won an exciting game, nipping the Trojans by two 30-28.

The seventh-graders won by a dozen, 42-30.

The eighth-grade win was of the comeback variety, as the Spartans trailed by nine heading into the fourth quarter. Holding New Castle scoreless through the final frame, CMS finally breached the lead with one minute left in the game.

Connersville was led by Braedon Burdge, who scored 10 points. Austin Lancaster added nine.

The win improved the eighth-graders to 12-1 on the season.

The seventh-grade team got a dozen points from Carson Lingg, and another nine points from both Grant Lewis and Gavin Jones, pacing the team to its 10th win in 12 games.

“The Spartans have really worked hard the past week to keep the momentum going,” CMS coach John Reynolds said.

Eight red boys win twice at Aurora

AURORA — Facing Future Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference foe South Dearborn on Tuesday, both the Connersville Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade boys red teams were winners.

In the eighth-grade tilt, Luke Sullenbarger and Carter Bodwell scored 12 points, and the Spartans survived eight 3-pointers by South Dearborn, to come away with a 49-44 win.

The seventh-graders were paced by Lucas Barron, who scored 15 points, 11 of them in the second half, on the way to a 36-21 victory.

CMS led the eighth-grade contest 28-16 at halftime, but still had to hang on to close out the win.

“I talked to the players at halftime and we discussed how defensively, we kept getting ourselves into bad shots,” eighth-grade coach Chris Silcott said. “This allowed the Knights to keep the game within reach.”

The seventh-graders were down to seven players, due to sickness and extended vacation time, but the Spartans endured.

“The boys picked up the slack and played hard all night,” coach Brian Munchel said.

The seventh-graders improved to 14-1 with the victory.