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Home Life Wednesday, Januar y 25, 2023 The Press-Dispatch C-2 Monday 8-7 • Tuesday 8-noon • Wednesday 10-7 • Thursday & Friday 8-5 eye exams • dry eye solutions prescription lenses • eye disease treatment Call to book your appointment today for safe in-offi ce treatment. Don't Neglect Your Eye Health. We're Open to See You Now! Dr. Clint Shoultz 715 S. 9th St., Petersburg 812-354-9400 Locally Owned and Operated PC 8th grade girls beat Tell City to advance in PAC tourney By Andy Heuring Press-Dispatch Sports Pike Central's eighth grade girls advanced to the second round of the PAC tourney with a barn-burner win over Tell City in overtime. Alyssa McCutchan had 28 points including a three-pointer in overtime that was the only points scored by either team in the extra period. Pike Central trailed 11-9 early in the second quarter when they went on a 11-3 run over the next five minutes. They turned up the defen- sive pressure using a trap- ping press. Ava Miller started the run with a slicing drive for a layup. McCutchan added two threes and was four of four from the line during the stretch that also included a breakaway bucket by Millie Adams. Pike Central out- scored the Marksmen 14-5 in the quarter and led 23-14 at half. "It was an exciting night. We had a big crowd and our girls battled hard all night. We played a very good first half, forced several turn- overs and scored 23 points," said Charger Coach Kyle Mc- Cutchan. But Tell City turned the tide on the Chargers, out- scoring them 12-5 in the third quarter to pull within two points at 28 -26. "In the third quarter we had several opportunities to score, but we did not convert. They changed up their de- fense and we could not make them pay and defensively we were not as sharp," said McCutchan. Tell City con- tinued their run early in the fourth quarter and took the lead. McCutchan hit a three with four seconds left to tie the game and send it into overtime. In overtime McCutchan hit a three about a minute into the extra period for the only score, giving the Chargers a 39 -36 win. "Our defense was excel- lent in the overtime period. I am very happy for the girls because we have lost three games similar to this game, but we found a way to win. It was a total team effort to- night," said McCutchan. Pike Central will play Haubstadt at 7:45 p.m. Thurs- day at Haubstadt Community School. Chargers (39) Alyssa McCutchan 7 8 -9 3 28, Katy Gideon 0 0 -0 3 0, Ava Miller 0 3-4 4 3, Sadie Willis 3 0 -1 3 6, Olivia Neal 0 0 -0 1 0, Millie Adams 1 0 -0 1 2, Addy Young 0 0 -0 1 0. Totals 11 11-14 16 39. 3-pt. goals 6 (Mc- Cutchan 6) Tell City (36) Touchwan 3 5 -7 3 12, Emb- ry 4 2-5 4 10, Brann 3 2-2 3 8, Hayko 0 0 -1 2 0, Hoach 1 0 -0 2 2, Lane 2 0 -0 1 4. Totals 13 9-15 15 36. 3-pt. goals 1 (Touchwan) EIGHTH BOYS Pike Central's eighth grade boys fell 50 -18 in their first round game of the PAC tourney to Tell City. They fell behind early 12-0 in the first quarter. They mount- ed a small comeback in the second period scoring seven points, but it was shortlived. The Marksmen scored 19 points in the fourth quarter to put the game away. JV Chargers edge North Knox, 52-51 Pike Central Junior Var- sity came away with the vic- tory Friday night against the North Knox Warriors 52-51 on the Warriors home court. The Chargers got off to a fast start with Pike Central taking the tip and getting the ball inside to Junior Aron Huchel for a two quick points in the paint with only 17 sec- onds gone in the contest. That started a 12-0 run by the Char- gers with additional contribu- tions from Sophomore's Drew Dawson and Brenton Fryrear and Freshman Lane Freder- ick. The Chargers played tight defense during the pe- riod and moved the ball well but just couldn't capitalize on the missed shots by the War- riors in the final half of the quarter. The Warriors got their first points of the peri- od with under two minutes left and strung together sev- en points of their own closing out the period with the Char- gers up 12-7. The second period started slowly for the Chargers, giv- ing up seven points while on- ly adding a single basket by Dawson for themselves, let- ting the Warriors tie the game at 14 at the 4:37 mark. A fter an additional basket by Dawson, North Knox ran off eight un- answered points on three bas- kets by Warrior Lane Adams, putting the Chargers down by six. Pike Central closed out the quarter with baskets by Dawson and Frederick to go in at halftime down by three, 21-24. The third quarter opened with Charger sophomore Al- bert Whitehead hitting three baskets for seven points, his only scoring of the contest. Giving up only one trey to the Warriors in the same time pe- riod, the Chargers went up 28 - 27 and extended their lead to three on two successful buck- ets at the charity stripe by Fryrear. North Knox quickly tied the game at 30. The Chargers went up by four before allowing the War- riors to tie the game at 34 with just over a minute left in the period. North Knox went ahead on a two-pointer with just over 30 seconds left in the quarter. A miss at the buzzer by Charger Junior Zane Ge- hlhausen saw the Chargers down 34-36 to close out the third. The Chargers were not afraid to take the ball inside opening the fourth quarter, forcing the Warriors to be ag- gressive on defense and foul- ing Pike Central. "We had a size advantage and went to it all night," said Charger Coach JJ Howald. The first three minutes saw the Char- gers go on a 10 -5 run with six of those points coming from the line by Gehlhausen, Fry- rear and Huchel, who contrib- uted 13 for the game, his ca- reer high. A fter exchanging baskets, North Knox tied the score at 48, all on two success- ful attempts from the line. The Chargers went up 50 - 48 with just over a minute to play on a basket by Gehlhau- sen. It looked as if North Knox was setting up for the last shot to win the game, but a forced turnover on the Warriors gave the ball back to Pike Central. A travelling call on the Chargers returned the ball to the Warriors, but Huchel reached in and grabbed the ball for the Chargers 14 sec- onds later. The Warriors fouled Fryrear who convert- ed his free throws to put the Chargers up again by four, 52- 48. Pike Central pressured North Knox down the court but the Warriors' Cole Kerns hit a three-pointer with seven seconds left to draw the War- riors within one, 52-51. The Warriors fouled the Chargers hoping for an opportunity to get the ball back and pull out a win. Two missed opportu- nities at the line by the Char- gers gave North Knox the chance they hoped for, but a three-point attempt by Kerns at the buzzer was unsuccess- ful cementing the win for the Chargers 52-51. When asked about his team's performance Howald said, "Overall it was a great team win. We executed really well all night but especially in the first quarter. We answered all their runs and played re- ally good defense down the stretch." CHARGERS (52) Whitehead 3 0 -0 3 7; Daw- son 5 0 -0 0 10; Gehlhausen 1 2-2 4 4; Frederick 4 0 -3 2 8; Whann 0 0 -0 1 0; Fryrear 2 6 - 6 1 10; Huchel 4 5 -8 2 13; To- tals 19 13-19 12 52 3-pointers 1 ( Whitehead 1) WARRIORS (51) Goforth 5 0 -0 1 12; Oxby 2 0 -0 2 5; McCoy 2 0 -0 4 5; Ad- ams 3 0 -0 1 8; Arnold 2 0 -0 0 4; Kerns 6 2-3 1 17; Richards 0 0 - 0 3 0; Cardinal 0 0 -0 2 0; Jones 0 0 -0 3 0; Totals 20 2-3 15 51 3-pointers 9 (Kerns 3, Go- forth 2, Adams 2, Oxby 1, Mc- Coy 1) Charger Justice Edrington gets off a shot during the Chargers first round game agaisnt Tell City in the 8th grade pAC tourney. Eli Keeker drives in the paint during Pike Central's 8th grade boys game. Keeker had six points in the Char- gers loss to Tell City. Sadie Willis puts up a lay up in the paint during Pike Central's 39-36 ovetime win over Tell City. Willis had six points. 8TH GRADE PAC TOURNEY STOP it takes 3 MINUTES to subscribe to 812-354-8500

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