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Lincoln girls come up short against Wapahani

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com

CAMBRIDGE CITY — Trialing by only two after one quarter of play, things didn’t get any better for the Cambridge City Lincoln girls basketball team against Wapahani on Thursday night, as the team wound up falling to the Lady Raiders 54-35.

A 13-11 score turned into a 26-19 lead for the visitors by halftime.

The Raiders (6-1) added three more points to their lead by the end of the third (40-30), and would close out the game with a 14-5 push to provide the final margin of victory.

The Lady Golden Eagles suffered their third loss of the season, despite 16 points from Allie Owens, the top scoring player in the game.

Laynie Russell added eight, and was followed by Emmie Pugh (6) and Rachel Merida (5).

Wapahani was led by Sydney Cook’s 15 points. She led a trio of double-digit scorers, followed by Dayten Lee (14) and Madison Thompson (12).

The Raiders also won the junior varsity game, taking that contest by a 33-12 margin.

Cambridge City Lincoln is now 4-3 on the season.

CHS freshmen split pair of EIAC contests

In a pair of Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference games, the Connersville boys finished 1-1 last week.

On Wednesday, the Spartan boys fell to Lawrenceburg by a 39-33 score. But Connersville bounced back 24 hours later, knocking off South Dearborn by a 39-15 final.

Against Lawrenceburg, CHS trailed 7-3 after one quarter, but pulled to within two by the end of the third, 28-26.

Quinton Leisure paced Connersville in the scoring column, finishing with 21 points.

Against South Dearborn on Thursday, Cameron Dobbins-Parks, Braylind Colassaco, Braiden Jones, Dustin McCarrell and Chad Owens all penciled their name in the scorebook, helping the team to its 24-point victory.

Franklin County JV team trips Lawrenceburg

BROOKVILLE — Hitting shots early in the game, the Franklin County junior varsity boys basketball team earned a 46-39 victory over Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference foe Lawrenceburg on Tuesday evening.

FC lead 13-6 after one quarter, and added a point to their lead by halftime (27-19).

Behind the shooting touch of Aden Gerrian, who finished with 15 points, that proved to be enough, as the Wildcats sent the rival Tigers home with a loss.

Franklin County never trailed, following the first-quarter lead.

CMS travels to Hagerstown in style for two wins

HAGERSTOWN — Riding the new Spartan Express team bus, the Connersville Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade teams arrived in Hagerstown ready to play some basketball on Thursday evening.

The proof that the Spartans were ready to play came courtesy of a pair of lopsided victorious scores.

In the seventh-grade game, CMS wound up earning a 46-11 win, while on the eighth-grade court, the final was 52-14 in favor of the Spartans.

“It was good to see our guys knock down shots tonight like I know they are capable of doing,” Connersville seventh coach Brian Munchel said following the win. “The boys continue to knock a little rust off in the early part of the season and I only see us continuing to get better all around, as we get later into our schedule.”

Connersville held Hagerstown scoreless in the second half, until the Tigers connected on a free throw late in the final quarter.

“I’m not sure I have ever had a team in the last six years hold a team to one point in a half,” Munchel said. “That just shows the effort that the kids put forth on the defensive end. I could not be more proud of how our guys played tonight.”

Mason Back led the seventh-grade effort with 13 points, followed by Blaine Hornsby with 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

In the eighth-grade win, the Spartans rushed out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter, on the way to the win.

“The team has done a great job at the beginning of games, and at the beginning of the third quarter,” CMS coach Chris Silcott said. “Right now, we’re working on maintaining proper defensive techniques. The players listen well and try their best at carrying out what we throw at them.”