IHSAA Class 2A Boys Sectional
#44 opener finds SC Pacers advancing
Gary Franklin, Sports Writer
IHSAA Class 2A boys basketball action at the South Ripley
High School hosted Sectional #44 opening game on Tuesday,
March 1, found the Lawrenceburg Tigers' extended season hopes
curtailed at the hands of the Switzerland County Pacers 46-59
by game's end.
Game action began following the singing of The National Anthem
by SRHS student Morgan Romans and the introduction of cheerleaders
and players from both SC and Lawrenceburg by Raider announcer
Lawrenceburg was the visitors on the scoreboard with SC representing
the home team.
Tigers 13-5 Pacers
Pacers 23-21 Tigers
Pacers 33-31 Tigers
Pacers 59-46 Tigers
Switzerland Co. Pacers 59
Coach: BJ McAllister
32 Jr. Keegan Kincaid 17
45 Sr. Adam Clark 12
4 Jr. Anthony Dennis 11
35 So. Alex Curran 7
11 So. Trevor Smith 7
30 Jr. Quinn Meyer 4
24 Fr. Austin Clark 1
15 So. Tyler Queen 0
22 So. Clint Swanson 0
23 Fr. Hunter Jordan 0
31 Fr. Braden Burk 0
34 Fr. Chase Ritch 0
Lawrenceburg Tigers 46
Coach: Mike Pratt
15 So. Jalen Obertate 17
24 Jr. Jake Rennekamp 11
23 Sr. Myles Hinds 8
33 Jr. Eric VanStrien 3
20 So. Robbie Jackson 3
22 So. Chad Banschbach 3
21 So. Morgan Baker 1
44 Sr. Max Baker 0
31 Sr. Evan Schoeff 0
11 Jr. Trace Snider 0
40 Jr. Ryan Rupel 0
12 So. Craig Garrison 0
30 So. Alex Pannaro 0
41 Fr. Jesse Hennies 0
Lawrenceburg controlled the opening center court tip from
which sophomore Tiger Jalen Obertate and junior teammate Evan
VanStrien each scored to go up to 4-0.
A Pacer basket was scored by junior Keegan Kincaid, however,
three Tiger Obertate FG's advanced the Lawrenceburg lead to
10-2. Tiger Kincaid netted the first 3-pointer of the contest,
only to have Tiger sophomore Chad Banschbach cap it with his
first 3-pointer before the first period expired, Tigers 13-5
Pacer Kincaid scored a pair of FT's in the opening of the
second period, however Tiger Myles Hinds scored a FG followed
by a sophomore teammate Robbie Jackson 3-pointer that led
to a Pacer time-out.
Switzerland County's sophomore Alex Curran quickly scored
a FG following the time-out, cutting the Pacer deficit to
9-18. Senior SC teammate Adam Clark toed the charity stripe
to connect on four of four FT offerings, leading to a Lawrenceburg
time-out being taken.
A Tiger Obertate one of two FT connection led to back to back
Pacer scores by Curran and sophomore Trevor Smith at 2:19.
Tiger Banschbach's FG was negated by Pacer Curran's FG. With
54 seconds remaining in the half, a Tiger assessed foul sent
SC's junior, Anthony Dennis, to the charity stripe where he
made a pair to knot the game at 21.
A Tiger attempt at controlling the ball for the last shot
led to a turnover, allowing the Pacers to take control of
the ball with 18.9 seconds remaining. Pacer Kincaid scored
to take a 23-21 Switzerland County edge at the halftime break.
Near the seven minute mark of period three, Tiger junior Jake
Rennekamp tied the score at 23 with his first FG of the contest
and put the Tigers back in front 26-23 with his 3-point delivery.
Pacer junior Quinn Meyer gave the immediate answer with his
first FG, however, Tiger Rennekamp responded with a FG to
maintain a three point edge at 28-25 over the Pacers. Three
consecutive FG's by Tiger Clark gave SC the 31-28 edge and
led to a Lawrenceburg time-out.
Out of the huddle, Tiger Rennekamp added a FG, Pacer Kincaid
made a FG and Tiger Banschbach made one of two FT shots to
end the third, Pacers 33-31 over the Tigers.
A Pacer Dennis 3-pointer and a Clark FG led to a Tiger called
time-out at 7:06, trailing by seven, 31-38. Tiger VanStrien
connected on one of two FT's before teammate Banschbach was
nailed for three consecutive fouls. Pacer Kincaid added a
FG and Tiger Obertate made one of two offered FT's before
SC called for a time-out near the five minute mark.
Pacer Dennis connected on a FG, Tiger Rennekamp made the first
of two FT shots and Pacer Kincaid scored a FG, then made one
of two FT shots. Tiger Rennekamp drew a technical foul sending
Pacer Kincaid to the charity stripe where he came up empty.
Lawrenceburg's Myles Hinds delivered a 3-pointer from the
front corner, cutting the Tiger deficit to eight at 37-45
with approximately three minutes left to play.
Pacer Meyer sank a pair of FT's, Tiger Rennekamp made one
of two offered FT's and Tiger Obertate connected on a pair
of FT's, leading to an SC called time-out. Pacer Smith added
three of four offered FT's with teammate Kincaid connecting
on one of his two given.
With just over a minute left in regulation, trailing by 11
at 40-51, the Tiger FT attempt came up empty. Tiger sophomore
Morgan Baker made one of two FT's. Pacer Dennis added a pair
of FT's followed by a Tiger Obertate FG and a Lawrenceburg
called time-out, down by 10 at 43-53 with 50.7 seconds left
Through the remainder of the contest, Pacers' Dennis added
a pair of FT's, Smith added a pair of FT's, Curran made one
of two FT's, Clark made one of two FT's and Tiger Obertate
rose for a 3-pointer to close the game with a final score
of Switzerland County Pacers 59-46 Lawrenceburg Tigers.
The Tiger season is in the record books for 2010-11 while
the SC Pacers advance to play the opener at 6 p.m. against
the North Decatur Chargers on Friday night, March 4.
A game between winners of Wednesday night battles fought between
the Milan Indians and the Hauser Jets at 6 p.m., March 2,
and the hosting South Ripley Raiders vs the Southwestern Hanover
Rebels in game two will follow the conclusion of the Charger/Pacer
game on Friday, March 4.
The Class 2A Sectional #44 championship game is slated for
a 7:30 p.m. tip-off on Saturday night, March 5.