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IU East falls at home to ninth-ranked WVU Tech


RICHMOND — Led by senior guard Elisha Boone, ninth-ranked WVU Tech came away with a 94-79 victory over IU East in a game between Top 15 teams, at Lingle Court on Saturday.

Boone finished with 32 points and 21 rebounds to carry the Golden Bears to the NAIA Div. II win. 

Former Connersville standout Garrett Silcott led the 15th-ranked Red Wolves in the scoring column, finishing with 15 points.

The loss drops IU East into a tie with WVU at 12-2 in the River States Conference East Division. There are three games remaining for both teams, with WVU Tech holding the tiebreaker, via head-to-head wins against the Wolves this season.

The Golden Bears went on a 23-10 surge late in the first half, allowing the visitors to take a 46-30 lead into the halftime locker room.

IU East would close that gap in the second half, but could draw no closer than five through the remainder of the game.

"Moving forward, we just need to work hard every day in practice and get ready for the final three games and the conference tournament," Silcott said afterward.

IU East will a get a week off before visiting Ohio Christian University on Feb. 9. Tipoff is at 3 p.m.


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FC boys basketball swept by Hagerstown

BROOKVILLE — Trailing visiting Hagerstown by seven after one quarter (13-6), the Franklin County boys basketball team let things really get away in the second, facing a 28-14 deficit at halftime, on the way to a 47-31 loss on Saturday.

Following three snow days that limited practice, the Wildcats were unable to keep up with the Tigers, falling to 1-13 on the season.

In the junior varsity contest, Franklin County pulled within three in the fourth quarter, but still wound up on the wrong end of a 57-44 score.

The FC reserves trailed by just one after one quarter (8-7) and kept the game within one possession by halftime, as Hagerstown led by a 21-18 margin.

In the third, the Tigers inched ahead by five, taking a 31-26 lead into the final stanza. There, the visitors put the game in the win column, outscoring the Wildcats 26-18 for the final margin of victory.

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Connersville Middle School wrestling victorious

The Connersville Middle School wrestling team defeated Greendale Middle School by a score of 57-54.

Leading CMS to victory with individual wins were Luke Morris, Lukas Legear, Luke Cantarella, Wesley Wise, Tim Merz, Elijah Murray, Adam Jones, Kyle Seifert, Levi DeGroat and Jacob Bunch.

Winning junior varsity matches were Benjamin Lin, Connor Redd and Payton Russell.

DeGroat was selected as Wrestler of the Night, following a hard-fought varsity match.



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CMS 8th girls white fall to Franklin County

BROOKVILLE — The Connersville Middle School eighth-grade girls white squad traveled to Franklin County, and returned home with a 23-13 loss.

Connersville kept the game competitive through the first three quarter, trailing by only a basket, 12-10.

In the fourth, however, the Wildcats employed a full-court press and CMS failed to get shots to fall.

"The ladies played a very hard game," CMS coach Carin Dudley said. "We, the coaches, could not be more proud of the progress they have made this year thus far. Each and every game the girls continue to improve and work together more as a team."

Harlee Dunaway and Samara Steele led Connersville with five points each. They were followed by Stella Foster with two and Payton Orschell with one.

Steele led the way on the boards with eight rebounds. Kayle Stoddard added six and the duo of Haley Coker and Foster grabbed four each.