CONNERSVILLE — As conference rivals once again, the Lions traveled to Connersville to do battle with the Spartans in the Spartan Bowl. In the first leg of the renewed rivalry, it was the Spartans that took the win, 52-45.
When the Spartans took the lead 14-13 in the first quarter, Connersville never trailed again in the ball game. The Spartans’ ability to knock down shots, hitting 50 percent from the field, was a big key in the victory.
On the other end, the Lions went cold from the field, hitting just one shot in the second quarter during a 15-0 run by the Spartans. The Lions were able to cut the deficit to 29-20 at the end of the first half.
Rushville made its run in the third to close to 35-34, but a 7-2 run by the Spartans at the end of the third and start of the fourth pushed the lead to 42-36.
The Lions closed to within three in the fourth, but struggles at the charity stripe prevented a Lions comeback. Alex Yurack led the Lions in scoring with 13 points.
The junior varsity Lions (3-2) lost a close, overtime game to the Spartans 35-31.
Rushville rallied in the fourth quarter behind the defensive efforts of Jim Jones, Jon Seals and Keith Yager, according to Coach Nate Cangany.
Rushville was led in scoring by Seals with 15 points and Jaret Sons with seven. Yager finished with four points. Jones and Brad Busald both had two points. Noah Nigh finished with one point.
In freshman action, the Lions fell to Centerville 40-28. Rushville trailed the entire first half before rallying to take a 21-19 lead in the third quarter. The Bulldogs pulled away in the fourth for the win.
Elijah Miller led the Lions with seven points. J.C. Newhouse chipped in with six points. Nick Sprinkle had five points. Ike Sheehan had three points. Luke Schombert and Isiah Burnett both had two points.
The Lions return to action tonight, hosting EIAC foe Lawrenceburg.