By Aaron Kirchoff Rushville Republican
---- — After a long lay-off due to the weather, the Lions returned to the court with a pair of games this past weekend. Friday, the Lions hosted conference foe South Dearborn and earned a 54-40 victory over the Knights. Saturday, a big second half comeback fell just short as the Lions fell to New Castle 55-51.
The Lions opened the weekend with a 54-40 victory over conference foe South Dearborn.
The Lions got off to a solid start with 21 points in the opening quarter.
Four straight points from Kris Combs started the quarter and four straight from Alex Yurack had the Lions up 8-6 in the early going. A Mitch Laird 3- pointer pushed the Lion lead to 12-8 with 4:19 to play in the opening quarter. The Knights fought back to tie the game at 12-12, but the Lions responded with a Cameron Cox bucket and Yurack 3-pointer to push the lead to five. After a free throw by South Dearborn’s Jeff Wohlfrom, the Lions scored the final four points to lead 21-13 heading to the second quarter.
The Knights went on a 10-3 run in the second quarter. Laird’s triple was the lone score for the Lions in the Knights’ run. At the half, the Lions led 24-23.
A Combs bucket followed by two straight buckets by Cox extended Rushville’s lead to 30-23. The Knights closed the quarter with the final five points to cut the deficit to 30-28 at the break.
The Lions turned the table on the Knights to start the fourth quarter – going on a 10-2 run to push the lead to 41-30. Combs started the run and Cox capped it at the 4:10 mark. Another Combs bucket ended a 6-2 Rushville run with 2:10 to play in the game.
Rushville extended the lead to 17 points on four straight points by Yurack with less than two minutes to play. The Knights scored the final three points – all from Wohlfrom – to make the final margin 54-40. Yurack finished with 16 points. Cox scored 14 points and Combs had 13 points.
The junior varsity Lions defeated South Dearborn 58-24. Jaret Sons led the Lions with 19 points and four rebounds. Jon Seals added 11 points and three rebounds. Noah Nigh tallied eight points and four rebounds. Keith Yager scored seven points. Brad Busald chipped in with four points. Wesley Green, Jim Jones and Sam Beavers all had three points.
Against the Trojans, the teams played a tight first quarter, trading the lead four times. Two free throws by Kris Combs gave the Lions their first lead. Back-to-back buckets by New Castle’s Austin Orr and Abe Haler put the Trojans on top early in the first quarter. Rushville reclaimed the lead on two free throws by Mitch Laird, but triple from E.J. Sorrell put the Trojans up 8-6. After Ricky Thompson’s bucket knotted the game, New Castle scored six straight points. Another Thompson score had the deficit down to 14-10 at the end of the first quarter.
Thompson scored the first two points of the second quarter, but turnover plagued the Lions in the frame and that was all the offense the Lions put up in the quarter. New Castle scored the next 14 points to lead 28-12 at the half.
Alex Yurack was in foul trouble in the first half and Rushville big man Cameron Cox did not score. That all changed in the third as Yurack and Cox led the Lions back into the game. Cox had eight of the Lions’ 18 points in the quarter. Yurack also had eight points on a pair of 3-pointers. By the end of the third quarter, the deficit was down to 42-30.
The Lion comeback continued at the start of the fourth quarter. Cox’s traditional three-point play was followed by four straight points from Yurack. After a New Castle time out, Thompson drained a 3-pointer to get the Lions within two at 42-40.
The Lions cut the deficit to two again with less than one minute to play on a Yurack conventional three-point play, but the ball did not bounce the Lions way as the Trojans held off the Lions 55-51.
Yurack led the Lions with 18 points. Cox finished with 16 and Thompson had 11. The Trojans were led by Haler with 18 points.
In the junior varsity game, the Trojans rallied in the final minutes to knock off the Lions 43-42. Dylan Darling led the Trojans with 10 points. Seals led the Lions with 15 points and Sons added 10 points and six rebounds. Yager had five points and seven boards. Jones scored five points. Beavers scored three. Jeremy Hallgarth had two points and six rebounds and Busald had two points.
Contact: Aaron Kirchoff at 765-932-2222, ext. 114