Boys basketball: Lions claw out win over Panthers

Jan. 24—KNIGHTSTOWN — The Lions faced a back-and-forth battle with the host Panthers of Knightstown Tuesday. The game was tied at the half and the Panthers led after three quarters. Rushville scored 18 points in the final quarter, including hitting 7-of-9 from the free throw line to rally for the 43-38 win.

The Lions posted their second win in three outings and improve to 3-12 on the season. The Panthers drop their fourth straight game and sit at 7-7 on the season.

Rushville held a slim 6-5 lead after a slow scoring first quarter. Keegan Bowles scored four points for the Lions and Nick Jarman added a bucket for two points. Michael Roberson hit a 3-pointer and Travis Louks scored two points for the Panthers.

Both teams' offense woke up in the second quarter. Knightstown outscored the Lions 15-14 to square things at 20-20 at the half.

Roberson scored seven points for Knightstown, including hitting 5-of-5 from the free throw line. Peyton Inman hit a 3-pointer and had five points in the second for the Panthers. Rushville countered with six points from senior Quentin Cain, three from Jarman and Owen Zachery and two from Bowles.

In the third quarter, Knightstown took a 27-25 lead. Bowles scored four points and Adrian Apodaca hit a free throw for the Lions. Inman scored five for the Panthers, including his second 3-pointer of the game.

Rushville pulled away in the fourth, outscoring the Panthers 18-11. Bowles scored 11 of his game-high 21 points in the quarter. He hit a 3-pointer, two pointer and was 6-of-7 from the free throw line. Cain added four points to the Rushville fourth quarter effort.

Following Bowles' 21 points for the Lions was Cain with 10 points. Jarman finished with seven points followed by Zachery four and Apodaca one.

Bowles added a team-high five rebounds and three assists. Cain and Jarman pulled down three rebounds each.

The Lions host EIAC foe South Dearborn (8-7, 2-2 EIAC) Friday.

North Decatur

GREENSBURG — In Monday's rescheduled game with MHC foe Morristown, the Chargers jumped out to an 18-9 lead after one quarter and raced to a 52-34 victory.

North Decatur improves to 10-6 on the season and 3-1 in the MHC. The Yellow Jackets fall to 2-12 overall and 0-4 in the MHC.

North's lead remained a nine at the half, 27-18. After three quarters, North led 39-27 before outscoring the Yellow Jackets in the final quarter 13-7.

Leading the Chargers in scoring was Chase Youngman with 16 points, three rebounds and one assist. Kaden Muckerheide finished with 13 points, four rebounds and six assists.

Owen Eldridge tallied eight points and five rebounds. Brady Mauer had five points, six rebounds and one assist. Cooper Parmer chipped in with five points and one rebound. Mason Morris had three points, two rebounds and two assists and Marshall Snell added two points and one rebound.

The Chargers travel to Batesville Friday.

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