March 8, 2011

SR Raiders defend home turf as visitors in IHSAA Class 2A Basketball Sectional #44,
after the Hauser Jets defeat the Milan Indians


The South Ripley Raider bench begins to celebrate with their first round IHSAA Class 2A Sectional #44 victory only a few ticks of the clock away. The Raiders defeated the S'western Hanover Rebels 68-53.

Gary Franklin, Sports Editor

Wednesday evening boys' basketball sectional action at SRHS resulted in the Hauser Jets and the South Ripley Raiders earning the opportunity to keep extended season hopes moving forward.
In the night's opening game the Hauser Jets claimed a victory over the Milan Indians by a final score of 57-44. Second game action resulted in the South Ripley Raiders closing the door on the Southwestern Hanover Rebels by a final score of 68-53.
As it turned out, both teams wearing their traveling jerseys as the visitors on the scoreboard were the teams to advance. With their victories, Hauser and South Ripley will compete against each other on Friday night, following a game between the bye receiving North Decatur Chargers and the opening night victors, the Switzerland County Pacers after they eliminated the Lawrenceburg Tigers 59-46 on Tuesday, March 1, opening night. (FYI) SC won as the home representative team on the scoreboard.
Raiders over Rebels
Quarter scores
Rebels 18-14 Raiders
Raiders 29-29 Rebels
Raiders 45-36 Rebels
Raiders 68-53 Rebels
Individual scoring
South Ripley Raiders 68
Coach: Travis Wrightsman
3 Sr. Jon Grossman 17
15 Jr. Brandon Sizemore 12
20 So. Trey Sparks 12
5 Sr. Jerad Walters 9
52 So. Codey Federmann 8
10 Sr. Sam Stratton 4
25 So. Levi Yocum 4
33 Jr. Blake Davis 2
40 Sr. Patrick Scott Inj
32 Jr. Amos Taylor 0
34 So. Jason Dilk 0
11 Fr. Joe Dicken 0
44 Fr. Austin Halcomb 0
S'western Hanover Rebels 53
Coach: Andy Firth
22 Sr. Hunter Means 19
5 Sr. Caleb Jones 9
4 Jr. Trace Taylor 8
50 Jr. Jordan Perry 6
24 Jr. Logan Hamilton 6
1 Jr. LaMarkus Jenkins 5
3 Sr. Zach Hubbard 0
55 Sr. Steven Adams 0
10 Jr. Joel Smith 0
2 So. Zac Westerfield 0
21 So. Gunnar Henry 0
33 Fr. Michael Perry 0
40 Fr. Tyler Jones 0
Raiders vs Rebels action
Quarter One
With no way of knowing what kind of game a player will have prior to the game, Raider senior Jon Grossman stole the show. No win earned by himself, but obviously one of the best of his career.
Grossman controlled the opening tip, sending the ball to senior teammate Jerad Walters. An empty trip allowed the Rebels the opportunity to score first. They too failed in their first attempt, however as time ticked away, Rebel senior Hunter Means made up for some lost time with a 3-pointer, adding a FT to take a 4-0 lead over SR. Rebel senior Caleb Jones joined Means on the score book with a FG before Raider Grossman made one of two from the charity stripe.
Rebel junior Trace Taylor joined his teammates with a FG before Raider Grossman put SR's first FG on the book. Jones and Rebel junior teammate Jordan Perry each added FG's to claim a 12-3 early lead. With just over three minutes remaining in the opening period, it had been all Rebels and Grossman. Raider junior Brandon Sizemore would change that dramatically with his long range 3-pointer, leading to a SwH called time-out.
In proceeding, the worm turned. Raider senior Sam Stratton and Grossman each netted FG's off assists by Walters, followed by junior teammate Blake Davis delivery of a FG to knot the game at 12 with 2:05 yet on the clock. About a 10 second major let down in Raider defense allowed Rebel junior Logan Hamilton to connect on his first FG, followed by a FG each by teammates Perry and junior LaMarkus Jenkins. Raider sophomore Trey Sparks closed first quarter scoring with a FG, Raiders trailing 14-16.
Quarter Two
Two Raider fouls into the second period action, Rebel Taylor made one of two from the charity stripe, followed by a Walters assist to teammate Grossman for the FG. Rebel Jones FG was countered by Raider Stratton. Raider Sparks connected for a FG only to have Rebel Means sank a 3-pointer. Means added another FG before Raiders Sizemore and Walters netted a FG each, leading to sophomore teammate Codey Federmann's FG/FT combination to put SR in the lead for the first time in the game at 27-26.
Rebel Means knotted the score with one of two FT connections, then regained the lead for SwH with one of two shooting at the charity stripe. Rebel teammate Hamilton added another point with one of two FT shooting before Raider Sizemore ended the period with a shot at the horn for the 29-29 halftime tie.
Quarter Three
A flurry of Raider scoring engulfed the first two minutes of third period action as Sparks and Sizemore put down FG's, Walters added a pair of FT's and Sparks ran the floor wall to wall for another FG, earning an eight point, 37-29 lead. At 6:02, the Rebels called a time-out.
Rebel Means scored a FG only to have Raider Grossman regain the points connecting on a pair of FT's. Raider Walters scored one of two FT tries before teammate Sizemore drilled a 3-pointer off the Walters assist. Rebel Perry scored a FG and teammate Jones made the combo with his FG/FT addition before Raider Sparks closed scoring for the third with a FG. South Ripley held a nine point lead at 45-36 heading to the final quarter.
Quarter Four
Rebel Jenkins opened scoring in the fourth period with a 3-pointer. Raider Walters sank a pair of FT's leading to a teammate Sparks FG. Rebel Taylor added a FG leading to a Raider called time-out. On return, Raider Grossman claimed back to back old fashioned three point plays. A FG/FT combo, a steal and wall to wall drive for the FG and the following FT to give SR a 14 point, 55-41 lead with 4:38 remaining.
Raider Federmann missed on the front side of an offered one plus one opportunity, then sank a FG. Rebel Means scored a FG only to have Raider Federmann score a FG and convert the three point play with his sinking of a FT. Rebel Taylor missed on a pair of FT shots taken, Raider Grossman made a pair. Rebel Means scored a FG, followed it with a second FG but missed his FT that followed.
Holding a 12 point lead at 62-50, Raider Walters scored a pair of FT's. Rebel Hamilton converted the old fashioned three point play with a FG/FT combination. With Raider bench inserted into the game, SR sophomore Levi Yocum took over the game's scoring with a pair of FT's and a FG, ending the contest with a final score of SR 68-53 SwH.
The Rebels' season concluded and the Raiders looking forward to at the least one more game and anything else they can earn after that.
Congratulations to coach Wrightsman and the South Ripley Raiders!
The opening contest of the second night of IHSAA Class 2A Boys Basketball Sectional #44 action at SRHS slated the Milan Indians as the home team against the Hauser Jets as visitors on the scoreboard. The South Ripley HS choir sang The National Anthem prior to introduction of cheerleaders, players and coaches of the two teams.
Quarter scores
Indians 10- 7 Jets
Indians 16-16 Jets
Jets 36-28 Indians
Jets 57-44 Indians
Individual scoring
Milan Indians 44
Coach: Josh Blankinship
22 Jr. Nick Ryan 13
11 Jr. Braden Voss 9
20 Jr. John Herzog 8
23 Jr. Kurtis Kimla 6
13/33 Sr. Zach Lewis 5
12 Sr. Ethan Voss 2
10 Sr. Alex Layden 1
34 Jr. Nick Walter 0
24 Jr. Jake White 0
30 Jr. Ben Lawhorn 0
50 So. Patrick Baker 0
42 So. Russell Pitts 0
11 So. Joey Davis 0
3 Fr. Logan Alloway 0
Hauser Jets 53
Coach: Bob Nobbe
20 Jr. Adam Miller 21
44 Sr. Silas Sims 17
10 Jr. Reid Thayer 7
40 So. Nick Johnson 5
24 Jr. Justin Wallace 3
30 Fr. Dai'von Coram 2
34 Fr. Trey Shipley 2
42 Sr. Mac Trotter 0
54 Sr. Zach Johnson 0
12 Jr. Lucas Stiening 0
32 Jr. Kyle Johns 0
14 So. Nick Landis 0
Indians vs Jets action
Quarter One
The Indians controlled the opening center court tip with no initial score. Hauser likewise came up empty on their first and second possession, sending Milan Indian junior John Herzog to the charity stripe where he came up empty in his efforts. However, junior Indian teammate Kurtis Kimla secured a Milan 2-0 lead with his first FG of the game. Hauser junior Adam Miller quickly responded with a FG for the first game tie at two.
Indian junior Nick Ryan sank his first FG, quickly countered by Jet Miller to tie the score at four. An Indian junior John Herzog assist led to a second FG by Ryan. Again Jet Miller responded with a FG but added a FT to give the Jets their first lead in the contest at 7-6. A reverse lay-up by Indian Herzog recaptured the lead for the tribe at 8-7. Herzog's second Fg ended the first period scoring to give Milan the 10-7 lead.
Quarter Two
Indian Ryan added a FG to open second period scoring, leading to a Milan called time-out. In following action senior Indian Alex Layden was drilled on a drive with no call, teammate Herzog driven to floor on his attempted drive, again with no call leading to a Milan called time-out.
Jet Miller scored a pair of FT's followed by a FG from freshman teammate Trey Shipley. Indian junior Braden Voss delivered his first FG at 2:05, followed by another teammate Herzog FG to move Milan in the lead by five points at 16-11.
Jet senior Sims nailed a pair of FT's before skinning the net from downtown for a 3-pointer to knot the game at 16 before time expired in the second period.
Quarter Three
Returning to action in the third period, Hauser added a FG by sophomore Nick Johnson and a 3-pointer to take a five point edge on the Indians. Indian Braden Voss countered with the delivery of a long range 3-pointer before the tribe called a time-out.
Jets Miller scored a FG countered by Indian Ryan's FG off a Herzog assist.
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Jet Sims FG/FT combo led to another Indian Braden Voss FG off the Herzog assist. Jet Sims countered at the three minute mark to give Hauser a five point edge at 28-23 over the Indians. Jet Miller added a pair of FT's from the charity stripe. Indian senior Ethan Voss scored a FG followed by a FG by junior teammate Kurtis Kimla, leading to a Hauser called time-out near the 1:30 mark.
Ensuing play found the Jets adding a pair of FG's. One by Miller, the second by junior Reid Thayer. Indian senior Alex Layden made one of two offered FT''s, however Jet Thayer netted both FT tries to end the quarter with Hauser leading by eight at 36-28.
Quarter Four
A Milan ball to start the fourth period led to Jet Thayer attempting a pair of FT's for Hauser of which he connected on the second. Indian Ryan missed a pair of FT shots, followed by a Hauser freshman Dai'von Coram FG and an Indian Kimla FG. Indian Braden Voss delivered a FG, Jet Miller made one of two FT's and Indian Herzog put another FG in the score book.
With approximately six minutes remaining in regulation, the Indians were hanging within six points at 34-40. Miller put a pair of FT's down, teammate Wallace missed the front end of his one plus one opportunity, however teammate Johnson connected on his two offered FT shots extending the Jet lead to 10 at 44-34.
Indian senior Zack Lewis scored a FG off an assist by teammate Herzog leading to a time-out called by coach Blankinship. On returning to action, Jet scoring continued with a FG by Thayer and a FG/FT combination by Wallace. Jet Miller added one of two FT shots followed by a FG/FT combination by Indian Ryan.
Jet Johnson scored one of two attempts from the charity stripe before Indian Herzog came up short on the front end of a one plus one opportunity. Hauser called a time-out followed quickly by an Indian time-out near the two minute mark.
Indian Lewis scored a 3-pointer to get Milan to within nine at 42-51 and the tribe took another time-out. A FG by Jet Sims led to a turnover on the end line by the Indians. Jet Miller added a pair of FT scores. Indian Ryan missed his two tries, but added a FG. Jet Sims ended game scoring with a FG to give Hauser the 13 point 57-44 win over the Milan Indians and advance the Jets to second round action against the hosting South Ripley Raiders following Friday nights opener between the North Decatur Chargers and the Switzerland County Pacers.