Records were falling just like Jay Smith’s rainbow-like 3-point shots.

The 6-foot, 1-inch senior guard established three individual scoring records in leading Terre Haute South to a dominating 67-45 victory over visiting Evansville North in a nonconference boys high school basketball game on Friday.

Smith led all scorers with 37 points — including 11-of-26 accuracy from beyond the 3-point arc — to set a personal best in points scored in a game.

Smith’s 11 3-pointers broke his own mark of 10 treys in a game — previously accomplished twice this season against Northview and Indianapolis North Central.

Now with 78 3-pointers on the season, Smith also established a school record for 3-pointers in a season. Smith flew past former Braves player Steve Richardson, who had 69 in the 1988-89 campaign.

“We have changed some things offensively and to obviously break Jay loose a little bit more than what we have in the past,” stated South Coach Mike Saylor. “We feel like we have found some things that will help him.”

But Saylor was quick to point out that his team is not a one-man show.

“But, it’s also helping some other guys,” the second-year coach added. “People just try to stop [Smith] … it’s opening some doors for some of the other players.

“The records he set couldn’t be set if he didn’t have great screening and team play. Michael Engle got 10 assists out of that … made some great passes and some great decisions.”

Engle, a 5-11 junior guard, filled in admirably at the point guard position normally manned by fellow junior Cole Vicars. Vicars was on the bench in street clothes, recovering from a sprained ankle suffered last weekend.

After missing his first two 3-pointers, Smith drilled three in succession to lift South into a sudden 11-2 lead. He misfired on his next two attempts, then hit the last three of the first quarter and the Braves led 24-16 at the first break.

The second quarter was rather uneventful. The Huskies scored four quick points to get within 24-20, but would not score another point before intermission. South scored just two baskets — both coming in their final two possessions — and led 30-21 at halftime.

After going 0-for-4 on 3-pointers in the second period, Smith regained his shooting touch in the second half. Smith hit 3 of 5 in the third quarter, hit his 10th early in the fourth quarter, but would not sink his 11th to set his single-game record until 52 seconds remained in the game.

“We’ve talked at great length about shot selection … make sure we’re balanced,” noted Saylor. “For him, shot selection is quite different than just about anybody else I’ve ever been around. He can be 27 feet from the basket … as long as he’s wide open and he’s got some rhythm, then it’s a pretty good shot.”

Smith was amply supported by his teammates in points, rebounding and assists.

Will Uzzell had 12 points and six rebounds, Alex Royce pulled down a game-high 12 boards, while Kyle Toney added 12 points and seven rebounds, while Engle had the aforementioned 10 assists.

The Huskies received double-figure scoring from Jonah Baize with 12 points, Adam Champion 11 and Justin Perkins 10.

South outshot the Huskies from the field 45-39 percent, 43-18 percent in 3-pointers, and hit all six free throw attempts. The Braves also won the rebounding battle 33-26.

“This might be one of the best team wins we’ve had all year, if not the best team win,” added Saylor.

“I feel great going into the last game [next Friday’s home game against Indianapolis Arlington] and going into the tournament. But I’ve felt great even before this game because of the great kids we have and the great attitudes. The kids we’re working with right now have just been a tremendous pleasure.”



Evansville North 45

Player fg 3pt ft r s pf tp

Perkins 4-7 2-4 0-0 2 0 0 10

Baize 5-8 0-1 2-2 4 0 1 12

Champion 4-9 0-1 3-7 7 1 2 11

Higgins 4-12 0-2 0-0 4 1 2 8

Hostetler 0-3 0-2 0-0 1 2 1 0

Upton 0-1 0-0 1-2 2 0 1 1

Akin 0-2 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0

Salyer 1-3 1-3 0-1 4 0 0 3

Brown 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0

Alexander 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0

Totals 18-46 3-16 6-12 26* 4 7 45

Terre Haute South 67

Player fg 3pt ft r s pf tp

Uzzell 5-11 0-0 2-2 6 0 2 12

Royce 1-4 0-0 2-2 12 1 4 4

Engle 0-0 0-0 0-0 3 0 0 0

Smith 12-28 11-26 2-2 2 2 1 37

Toney 5-8 2-3 0-0 7 0 2 12

Barnett 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0

Childs 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0

Kraemer 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0

Ighile 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0

Odum 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 2

Harlan 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0

Totals 24-53 13-30 6-6 33* 4 11 67

Evansville North 16 5 17 7 — 45

Terre Haute South 24 6 20 17 — 67

FG Pct. — EN .391, THS .453. 3-pt FG Pct. — EN .188, THS .433. FT Pct. — EN .500, THS 1.000. Turnovers — EN 11, THS 9. Blocks — EN 3 (Champion 3), THS 0. (*) Includes team rebounds — EN 2, THS 2.

JV — Terre Haute South 43 (Trevon Childs 12, Clint Baldwin 11), Evansville North 36 (David Alexander 9).

Next games — Terre Haute South (7-14) ends its regular season with a home game against Indianapolis Arlington on Friday. Evansville North (7-11) entertains Evansville Memorial on Tuesday.



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