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January 10, 2018

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The Press-Dispatch Wednesday, Januar y 3, 2018 B-1 SPORTS Submit sports items: Call: 812-354-8500 Email: or bring in a hard copy: 820 E. Poplar Street, Petersburg By Ed Cahill Press-Dispatch Sports Editor Senior Sara Lewis scored a game-high 16 points to lead Washington to a 42-39 victory over host Pike Central in a high school girls' basketball game on Thursday, Jan. 4. Lewis netted 11 points in the first half – hitting five of six field goal attempts and one of two tries from the free throw line – as the Lady Hatch- ets took a 21-15 halftime lead. "She hit shots tonight," La- dy Chargers head coach Kyle McCutchan said of Lewis. "I watched her play two other games, and she didn't hit shots, so we gave what we were giv- ing her, the corner shots. We let her get in the paint a couple of times in the first half, which was not what we wanted to do." "We made an adjustment on her in the second half and she didn't score as much," Mc- Cutchan added. "But she had a nice game." A basket by Pike Central senior Erika Hendrixson snapped a scoreless tie with 4:41 left in the first quarter be- fore the Lady Hatchets rolled off 11 straight points – on a bas- ket by junior Lindsay Moody, back-to-back baskets by Lew- is, a three-pointer by Moody and a basket by senior Han- nah Shrieves – to take an 11- 2 lead with 7:43 left in the sec- ond quarter. During that stretch, Wash- ington was 5 -for-6 from the floor. A fter making just one of nine field goal attempts in the first quarter, the Lady Chargers scored four straight points – on back-to-back baskets by ju- nior Jayln Nelson – to close to within 11-6 with 6:20 remain- ing in the second period. A basket and a free throw by Lewis extended Washington's lead to 14-6. A fter a basket by Nelson cut the deficit to 14-8, a three-pointer by sophomore Ali Barber extended the Lady Hatchets' lead to 17-8 with 4:36 left in the first half. A basket by Hendrixson and a free throw by Nelson nar- rowed the gap to 17-11 with 2:42 remaining in the second quarter. A fter a basket by Lew- is stretched Washington's lead to 19 -11, two free throws and a basket by Hendrixson pulled the Lady Chargers to within 19 -15 before a basket by Lewis gave the Lady Hatchets a 21-15 halftime lead. High school basketball tournament pairings shows set The details for the upcoming Indiana High School Athletic Association girls' and boys' basketball tournament pair- ings shows were announced Monday, Jan. 8, by the Association office. The pairings for the 43rd girls' state tournament will be revealed on Sunday, Jan. 21, at 1 p.m., Eastern time, with Bob Lovell and Pat McKee hosting the show. The opening round games for the 108th boys' state tournament will be an- nounced on Sunday, Feb. 18, at 5 p.m., Eastern time, with Bob Lovell and Greg Rakestraw serving as hosts. Both two-hour programs will stream exclusively on the IHSA A's video portal at IHSA (no television) and via affiliates of the IHSA A Champions Ra- dio Network. The radio specifics will be detailed in the days leading up to both airings. The pairings show will no longer air on Fox Sports Indiana as they have in re- cent years but, instead, will be replaced with tournament preview shows featur- ing highlights of the top teams and play- ers as well as interviews with various coaches from around the state. The girls' tip-off program will air on Fox Sports Indiana on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 6 p.m., Eastern time, while the boys' program will Thursday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m., Eastern time. Both programs will be hosted by Jeremiah Johnson of Fox Sports Indiana, Kyle Neddenriep of By Ed Cahill Press-Dispatch Sports Editor Pike Central High School senior Bryant Nalley be- came the third boys' basket- ball player in school history to score 1,000 career points during the Chargers' 63-50 loss at Wood Memorial on Friday, Jan. 5. Needing 12 points to reach the 1,000 -point plateau, Nal- ley scored a game-high 25 points to finish the night with 1,013 career points. Nalley's 1,000th point came when he grabbed an of- fensive rebound of a missed shot by Pike Central senior Breyton Booker and put the ball into the basket with 2:30 left in the third quarter. Fouled on the play, Nal- ley went to the free throw line where – after play was stopped momentarily as the Wood Memorial public ad- dress announcer congratu- lated Nalley for scoring his Seniors Dylan Jones and Jake Sisk and freshman Lane Miller all went 5 -0 as the Pike Central High School wrestling team placed first in the Forest Park Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 6. As a team, the Chargers swept through pool play with a 66 -12 win over Princeton, a 71- 12 win over South Spencer and a 54-30 win over North Knox. In the championship round, Pike Central defeated Charles- town 48 -27 to advance to the finals, where it defeated Vin- cennes Lincoln 41-30. "We wrestled very well all day and really pushed the pace in our matches," Chargers head coach Billy Hewig said. "Against Charlestown, we looked kind of sloppy in mak- ing some mistakes but came back against Vincennes, who has beaten two of the schools that have beaten us, and wres- tled our best match of the year." Jones, who also went 5 -0 in the Forest Park Invitational as a junior, recorded two wins by pin, one win by an 8 -1 decision and two wins by forfeit while competing at 126 pounds. "Dylan Jones has been such a reliable wrestler for us this year," Hewig said. "He just works all the time on the mat and does not stop until the match is over." Sisk recorded three wins by pin and two wins by for- feit while competing at 220 pounds. "Jake Sisk really wrestled well and picked up some im- portant wins for us," Hewig said. Miller recorded one win by pin, one win by a 17-12 de- cision and three wins by for- feits while competing at 120 pounds. "Lane Miller had a great day and has been wrestling really well lately," Hewig said. "He is very aggressive and has been a real strong wrestler for us." Senior Christian Alvey went 4-1, posting one win by pin, one win by a technical fall and two wins by forfeit while com- peting at 195 pounds. "Chris Alvey really wres- tled well," Hewig said. "He got injured against North Knox and could not finish but pushed through and helped us out when it got to Lincoln. He picked up a good win with a tech fall against a touch op- By Ed Cahill Press-Dispatch Sports Editor Senior Lathan Falls scored 20 points, Paxon Bartley netted 17 points and senior Walker Nurrenbern added 15 points to lead Wood Memorial to a 63-50 victory over visiting Pike Central in high school boys' basketball ac- tion on Friday, Jan. 5. Falls, Bartley and Nurrenbern combined to hit 19 of 33 field goal attempts – including three of 11 tries from beyond the three-point line – and went 11-for-16 from the free throw line as the Trojans improved to 7-3. "I thought they shot the ball really well," Chargers' head coach Hunter Elliott said. "They kind of have a big three with Falls, Bartley and (Nurrenbern) there, and we knew that was their main three coming in." "Defensively, I didn't really think we did as good a job as we were capable of on them," Elliott added. "They got some good looks early, and they hit them." A pair of early baskets by Pike Central senior Bryant Nalley – sandwiched around a basket by Nurrenbern – gave the Chargers a 4-2 lead. Following an exchange of baskets, back-to-back three-pointers by Falls and junior Cameron Saulmon propelled Wood Memorial ahead 10 -6 with 2:37 left in the first quarter. A fter a three-pointer by Nalley pulled Pike Central to within 10 -9, the Trojans scored eight straight points – on a basket and a three-pointer by Falls and a three-point- er by Saulmon – to extend their lead to 18 -9 with 1:13 remaining in the opening period. Back-to-back baskets by senior Kaleb Claridge and Nalley cut the deficit to 18 -13 at the end of the first quar- ter. Then, after a free throw by Nurrenbern stretched Wood Memorial's lead to 19 -13, a basket by senior Brey- ton Booker pulled the Chargers to within four points – at 19 -15 – with 6:48 left in the first half. Following an exchange of baskets by Falls and Pike Central senior Tyler Tormohlen, the Chargers' de- fense got back-to-back stops – with Nalley rebounding a missed shot by Falls and Tormohlen rebounding a missed shot by Nurrenbern – but were unable to con- vert on the offensive end on both occasions. Wood Memorial took advantage of the reprieve with a Nalley nets 1,000th career point in loss at Wood Memorial FALLS, BARTLEY, NURRENBERN LEAD WOOD MEMORIAL PAST CHARGERS, 63-50 Pike Central High School senior Bryant Nalley reaches up to catch the ball during varsity boys' basket- ball action at Wood Memorial on Thurs- day, Jan. 4. Nalley scored 25 points – giv- ing him 1,013 for his career – in a 63-50 loss to the Trojans. Ed Cahill photo Pike Central High School senior Kaleb Claridge (right) looks to take a shot as Wood Memori- al junior Paxon Bartley (32) defends during varsity boys' basketball action on Thursday, Jan. 4. Bartley scored 17 points as the host Trojans won 63-50. Ed Cahill photo Pike Central High School senior Brook Nalley (13) takes a shot at the basket during varsity girls' basketball action against visiting Washington on Thursday, Jan. 4. Ed Cahill photo PCHS wrestlers place first in Forest Park Invitational See NALLEY on page 2 See FIRST on page 3 See CHARGERS on page 3 See PAIRINGS on page 3 See SHORT on page 2 WE ARE PROFFESIONAL GRADE 1-800-937-8721 Jasper, IN Lady Chargers fall short against Washington, 42-39

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