Final score in consolation game JV Shiners win
A bad second half doomed the JV Shiners in the 1st game of the day at 9am against the host Chargers. The Shiners didn’t play great but only found themselves down 1 at halftime 17 to 16. North Decatur really picked up their offense in the 3rd quarter outscoring the Shiners 18 to 9 in the stanza opening up a 10 point lead going into the 4th. The offensive struggles continued in the 4th as the Chargers outscored the Shiners 13 to 4 on their way to the win 48 to 29. The Shiners were led by Chris Bowne with 10 points.
The early loss put the Shiners in the consolation game against conference rival Southwestern at 4:30. The Shiners came out inspired and played themselves to a 19 to 11 halftime advantage, however a bad 3rd quarter only found the Shiners leading 26 to 24 and struggling to take care of the ball. With a little under a minute to play the Shiners found themselves trailing by 1. The Shiners went to a trapping defense and got a turnover, Sophomore Chase Kuehn then drove to the bucket and got fouled on the floor setting up a 1 and 1. Kuehn knocked down the first to tie but it was negated by a Shiner lane violation. After a timeout the Shiners set up in full court pressure needing a turnover to have a chance to win. The Shiners got the turnover and with 5 seconds remaining and Coach Phelps called timeout to set up a base line play for the young Shiners. Southwestern came out in a 2/3 zone as the Shiners set up in a picket fence formation at the free throw line. Sophomore Chris Bowne popped out of line behind the picket fence to the top of the key where he received the in bounds pass and drained the 3 pointer as time was expiring giving the Shiners the win 34 to 32. Chris Bowne led all scorers in the contest with 16 points.
The Shiners JV (4-4) return to action on Wednesday January 2nd as they host Lawrenceburg in the first round of the Rivertown Classic. The JV boys game will follow the JV girls game which starts at 10 am at Rising Sun.