NORTH VERNON — Brooklyn Gaines nailed a 3-pointer with six seconds left Friday night to lift Jennings County to a 41-40 Hoosier Hills Conference win against Jeffersonville.
The Panthers rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to take their first lead of the second half on Gaines’ shot. The Red Devils had two shots to win in the closing seconds, but they didn’t fall.
Cougars edge Twisters
INDIANAPOLIS — Brooke Helms converted a layup with four seconds remaining to give South Decatur a 31-30 victory against Oldenburg Academy at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Cougars trailed by nine entering the fourth quarter and were still down by four with less than a minute left. Megan Niese drilled a 3-pointer with about 30 seconds remaining to cut the lead to one, and the Twisters missed the front end of a one-and-one to set up Helms’ heroics.
“My seniors really wanted it,” South Decatur coach Jessica Sell said. “Megan stepping up and hitting that 3 was huge. She was pumping everybody up. Oldenburg is tough, so it was a good win.”
Niese led the Cougars (2-5) with eight points. Morgan Eden, Helms and Stacy Fox all added six.
Owls down Lions
SEYMOUR — Seymour ran its record to 4-0 with a 52-42 win over Rushville.
Morgan Ritz led the Owls with 12 points. Maci Lubker added 11.
Twisters top Cougars
INDIANAPOLIS — Oldenburg Academy used big scoring advantages in the second and third quarters on its way to a 54-38 win against South Decatur at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
“I think our kids really enjoyed it,” South Decatur coach Jordan Stevens said. “It’s not often you get to play in a venue like that. I’m disappointed we lost, but at the same time, it was a great opportunity for our kids.”
Nick Schwering led the Cougars (0-2) with 12 points.
Bull Dogs go 0-5
WEST LAFAYETTE — Columbus North dropped all five of its matches on the first day of the Harrison Invitational, falling to Goshen 43-33, South Bend Riley 43-23, Harrison 61-10, South Bend St. Joseph’s 48-24 and Harrison B 36-31.
Braden Hinckley went 5-0 at 138 pounds to lead the Bull Dogs. Brandon Woods (285) went 4-1, beating one ranked opponent and falling to another.
The tournament concludes today.