Rushville Republican

March 7, 2014

Sports briefs

Rushville Republican

---- — BRMS girls basketball

The BRMS seventh-grade girls Black played in the St. Louis Invitational in Batesville and defeated St. Louis 45-14 and St. Bartholomew 44-7.

On the day, Betsy Muir scored two points. Madison Hinshaw had four points. Karley Yager added seven points. Marissa Sullivan scored 10 points. Drue Niedenthal added 17 points. Allie Smith scored 23 points and Taylor Browning had 26 points.

The team then defeated Shelbyville 41-12 to improve to 11-2 on the season. Smith tallied 16 points followed by Browning 15, Sullivan six, Yager two and Niedenthal two.

The eighth-grade girls Black (4-9) fell to the Golden Bears 24-23. River Paddack led the Lady Cubs with 13 points. Alexis Thompson and Brianna Smith both had four points. Peyton Simpkins finished with two points.

Lady Lion honored

The Hoosier Basketball Coaches Association announced its’ 2014 All-District Girls Basketball Teams. Rushville’s Mackenzie Campbell was selected to the District 3 squad. Campbell will also take part in the Hoosier Basketball Magazine 33rd annual Girls Top 60 Senior Workout in conjunction with the IHSAA and IBCA, on Sunday, March 16, 2014 on the campus of Marian University in Indianapolis.

Winter awards program

RCHS will hold the winter sports awards program at 7 p.m., March 17, in the high school cafeteria.

Nebraska holds off Indiana for 70-60 win

BLOOMINGTON (AP) — Walter Pitchford and Shavon Shields each scored 17 points Wednesday, and Nebraska’s defense held off Indiana’s second-half rally for a 70-60 victory.

The Cornhuskers (18-11, 10-7 Big Ten) have won seven of eight and this one strengthened their resume for the NCAA’s selection committee. It’s also the first time in six tries Nebraska has won in Bloomington.

Indiana (17-13, 7-10) was led by Troy Williams with 18 points and Will Sheehey with 13. But it wasn’t enough to avoid a second straight Senior Night loss. Noah Vonleh missed his second straight game with inflammation in his left foot.

The Hoosiers never led, but they had chances after rallying to tie the score at 52 with 10:06 left.

They missed all five shots that would have given them the lead. Nebraska capitalized with a 7-3 run that gave it a 59-55 lead and made it hold up.

Thomas wins ACC player of year award

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas won her third straight Atlantic Coast Conference basketball player of the year award, and Notre Dame’s Muffet McGraw was selected coach of the year.

North Carolina’s Diamond DeShields was chosen rookie of the year, the ACC announced Wednesday in a vote by media members and school representatives.

McGraw guided No. 2 Notre Dame to a 29-0, 16-0 record in its first ACC season. The Fighting Irish hold the top seed in the league tournament that starts Wednesday in Greensboro.

DeShields averaged 17.7 points and earned three rookie of the week awards from the league for No. 13 North Carolina.

Thomas ranks fourth in the league in scoring, averaging 18.7 points, and is its No. 2 rebounder at 10.8. She joined Duke’s Alana Beard (2002-04) as the only players to win the award three times.

Thomas is the only player in ACC history with four triple-doubles in a season. She’s one shy of matching the NCAA career record of seven.