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December 4, 2013

Casey beats Terre Haute South with last-second layup

Trey Thompson beats buzzer for Warriors

TERRE HAUTE — On many nights during this high school basketball season, the shots are going to fall for both Casey and Terre Haute South and both teams are going to look really good.

Tuesday was not one of those nights.

A last-second layup by the visiting Warriors, on a perfectly executed in-bounds play from the other end of the court with 3.5 seconds left, gave Casey a 51-49 win in an interstate battle of attrition.

Both teams played hard and pressured the ball defensively, South probably doing a little bit better job at that. Both teams hit 18 of 49 from the field, a 37-percent mark that didn’t even look that good from the stands.

But the visitors hit five 3-pointers on 17 attempts, and that was the difference against the Braves’ 1-for-19 lack of marksmanship from beyond the arc.

“We played good defense and we played hard,” coach Scott Ridge of the Braves said after the game. “We missed a lot of shots.”

There were three double-figure scorers in the game, two of them from Casey, neither of them Brandon Wolfe.

The Warrior star was held to nine points by South’s defense — although he did nail a crucial 3-pointer in the fourth quarter — and Casey may not win many games when Wolfe isn’t in double figures.

But junior reserve Trey Thompson, who scored the winning layup at the buzzer, came off the bench to score 11 for Casey in support of Zach Murphy’s game-high 14 points, provided the lift the visitors needed in the season opener for both teams.

Casey took the lead near the end of a see-saw first quarter when a rebound basket by Corey Carver — the 6-foot-4 sophomore grabbed a game-high 15 of those — made the score 9-8, and South never led again.

The Warriors pulled slightly away in the second quarter, when South was 3 for 14 from the floor, and had a six-point lead at intermission, but a 6-1 run sparked by LaMarkis Stevenson had the Braves within 24-23 early in the third quarter.

South also got within 32-31, 34-33 and 38-37 but never over the hump, and big 3-pointers by Murphy and Wolfe — both four-year starters for Casey — increased the spread to 41-37, then to 46-40.

A three-point play by Greg Newton and a pair of free throws by Timmy Herrin had South within 46-45 with 1:12 left, but Sam Huisinga drilled a pair of clutch free throws for Casey.

A quick answering basket from Herrin on a feed from Conner Shipley had South within 48-47 with 34.4 seconds to go, and Huisinga went to the line again 19 seconds later.

This time he missed the second one, however, and Spence Tofaute’s only basket of the game tied the score — for the first time all night — with 3.9 seconds left.

After a Casey timeout, the Warriors in-bounded to Carver near midcourt. He quickly got the ball to Murphy on the move, and Thompson was all alone motoring down the other side.

“[The Warriors] ran the same play in the JV game [although it failed, South winning 68-67 in overtime] and we told the kids it was coming,” Ridge said moments later, “but they got excited.

“I hate it, because [the Braves] fought so hard.”

Herrin came alive down the stretch and led the Braves with 10 points, while Newton had nine plus a team-high eight rebounds. Eight different Braves scored, seven of them getting at least four and Tofaute getting the biggest basket of the game.

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