Columbus East had to overcome several obstacles on opening night of the basketball season for the Lady Olympians. Coach Danny Brown’s squad was playing without three starters and fell behind 18-9 to visiting Rushville. The Lady Olympians were able to rally behind the play of Mikayla Lomax and knock off the Lady Lions 66-56.
Lomax led the way for the Lady Olympians with 20 points, but she got a lot of help with three others in double figures on the night - Molly Macy 14, Courtney Hunter 11 and Audrey Wetzel 11.
Rushville opened the scoring with two free throws by Sarah Cook (led Lady Lions with 20 points). The Lady Lions took an 8-4 lead as Cook found Kelsi Ash with the assist and then Ash put in a rebound bucket.
A traditional three-point play by Macy cut the deficit to one, but the Lady Lions then went on a 10-2 run to push the lead to 18-9 with 2:11 to play in the first quarter. Following a Columbus East timeout, Lomax scored the Lady Olympians next six points. Two free throws by Casey Yager gave the Lady Lions a 21-15 lead after the first quarter.
Columbus East then out-scored the Lady Lions in each of the next three quarters en route to the victory. Mikayla Dougherty’s steal and bucket opened the second quarter and Keragan Niehoff’s bucket had the Lady Lions on top 25-16 later in the quarter. Columbus East then went on a 12-2 run. Wetzel’s two free throws started the run and Macy’s bucket gave the Lady Olympians a 28-27 lead with 3:10 to play in the half.
Two Mackenzie Campbell steals and buckets closed the first half with Rushville leading 31-30.
Cook’s 3-pointer opened the second half before the Lady Olympians ran off six straight points to lead 36-34. The Lady Olympians never trailed again. A 3-pointer by Hunter pushed the lead to seven and after a bucket by Rushville’s Ash, Macy drained a 3-pointer to extend the lead to 48-40.
Cook’s two free throws cut the deficit to 50-44 heading to the fourth quarter.
In the fourth, both teams only had two field goals. The rest of the scoring came from the charity stripe. Leading 52-47, the Lady Olympians hit 6-of-8 free throws to push the lead to 11 points. The lead grew to 13 on free throws by Sarah Loesch with less than one minute to play. Free throws by Campbell and Cook cut the final margin to 66-56.
Cook led the Lady Lions with 20 points. Campbell had 19.
A big second quarter by the Lady Lion reserves helped Rushville win the first game of the night 33-28. Rushville trailed 9-5 after one quarter, but out-scored the Lady Olympians 16-7 in the second on the way to the victory. The Lady Lions were led by Makayla Herbert with 15 points. Brooke Ballard and Abigail Wilson led the Lady Olympians with nine points each.
The Lady Lions host 1-0 Mt. Vernon (Fortville) Friday and 1-0 Plainfield Saturday.
Columbus East 66, Rushville 56
Scoring: Rushville - Cook 3 2 8-13 20, Campbell 4 1 8-8 19, Ash 3 0 0-0 6, Yager 0 0 2-2 2, Dougherty 2 0 0-0 4, Niehoff 2 0 1-4 5. Totals 14 3 19-27 56. Columbus East - Wetzel 3 0 5-7 11, Macy 4 1 3-3 14, Lomax 8 0 4-7 20, Hunter 0 1 8-8 11, Bellinger 2 0 0-0 4, Loesch 2 0 2-2 6. Totals 19 2 22-27 66.
Scoring: Rushville - Sammons 4, Herbert 15, Yager 6, Martindale 7, Woolston 1. Columbus East - Ballard 9, Wilson 9, Busse 2, Eudy 6, Griffey 2.
Contact: Aaron Kirchoff at 765-932-2222 ext. 114