News From Terre Haute, Indiana

February 21, 2014

Late Huskies run sinks Braves

Craig Pearson
The Tribune-Star

EVANSVILLE — Since the calendar flipped to 2014, it’s been a struggle for Terre Haute South.

The Braves came out of halftime at Evansville North on Friday ready to turn it around. Aggressive play at both ends, valuing the ball, deep 3-pointers getting a fortunate carom off the glass: South was working together and catching a few breaks.

The Braves resembled the relentless team that won the Pizza Hut Classic, pulling within 34-33 on a Jaylen Minnett 3-pointer in the final minute of the third quarter and taking a 35-34 lead on a Spence Tofaute drive seconds into the fourth.

But Evansville North kept the Braves close then made an 8-0 run to take a 48-43 lead with 1:15 to go. The Huskies hung on for a 52-48 boys basketball triumph.

“We challenged them at halftime to play better and they did. We played hard. We had a chance to win at the end and couldn’t finish it off,” South coach Scott Ridge said.

Conner Shipley poured in 18 points and didn’t miss a shot from the field until the final two minutes of the game.

“He’s our best shooter in practice and has the best percentage on the team. Other guys need to know that and get him looks,” Ridge said.

Shipley’s third 3-pointer of the night pulled the Braves within 48-46 with 1:02 to go. C.J. Hedgepeth then missed the back end of the one-and-one at the foul line to give South hope.

South’s offense couldn’t come up with an open look so Shipley forced a baseline two-pointer, leading to a layup for DeMarshaun Sherman with 25 seconds left.

Shipley was fouled on a 3-pointer and knocked down 2 of 3, but Sherman hit 1-of-2 at the line to make it a 4-point game. The Braves were unable to get up a quick shot, leading to a 3-point attempt in the finals seconds.

South’s first half was laden with turnovers, leading to a 23-18 deficit at the break.

The Braves jumped out to an 8-0 lead as Logan Dinkel scored twice and Shipley hit a 15-footer.

The Huskies answered with an 11-0 run over the next 41⁄2 minutes. The Huskies scored eight more unanswered to take a 19-11 lead. Tofaute, who had eight points and two steals, ended the South drought with a 3-point play opportunity.

The Braves committed 11 of their 17 turnovers in the first half against the Huskies’ zone defense.

“We got standing around too much against the zone. We did a good job penetrating around it as the game went on, we just missed a lot of layups. Have to do a better job of finishing,” Ridge said.

South plays host to winless Indianapolis Arlington today for Senior Night. Da’Shon Heyen is the Braves’ lone senior.



TERRE HAUTE SOUTH (48) — Stevenson 1-3 0-0 3, Shipley 6-8 3-4 18, Tofaute 4-7 0-1 8, Dinkel 3-3 0-0 6, Herrin 3-14 1-1 8, T.Minnett 0-2 0-0 0, Newton 1-2 0-0 2, J.Minnett 1-4 0-0 3, Heyen 0-0 0-0 0, Fuson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-43 FG, 4-6 FT, 48 TP.

EVANSVILLE NORTH (52) — Hedgepeth 5-11 3-3 14, West 3-5 0-1 6, Dixon 3-10 2-2 9, Millikan 1-2 2-2 4, Mulherin 2-3 0-0 4, Sherman 6-9 3-4 15. Totals 20-40 FG, 10-12 FT, 52 TP.

Terre Haute South                      8 10 15 15 — 48

Evansville North                         9 14 11 18 — 52

3-point shoting — THS 6-15 (J.Minnett 1-4, Shipley 3-4, Tofaute 0-1, Herrin 1-2, T.Minnett 0-1, Stevenson 1-3), EN 2-9 (Hedgepath 1-3, West 0-1, Dixon 1-4). Rebounds — THS 28 (Dinkel 10, Newton 4, Herrin 2, T.Minnett 2, Stevenson 3), EN 17 (Hedgepeth 7). Steals — THS 6 (Tofaute 2, Shipley 2), EN 6 (West 3). Assists — THS 11 (Tofaute 2, Herrin 2, T.Minnett 2, Stevenson 2), EN 9 (Hedgepeth 5). Turnovers — THS 17, EN 10. Blocks — THS 0, EN 1 (Hedgepeth). Total fouls — THS 9, EN 7. Fouled out — none.

JV — TH South 49 (Josiah Wallace 15), Evansville North 46.

Next — Terre Haute South (7-13) plays host to Indianapolis Arlington today. Evansville North (6-11) plays tonight at Sullivan.