The Silver Creek Dragons used a 34 point performance by forward Trey Kaufman to post a 66-45 Mid-Southern Conference road victory over the Scottsburg Warriors in Meyer Gym on Friday (Feb. 14).
The win moves the Dragons, the No. 1 ranked 3A team and defending state champions, to 19-2 overall and 7-0 in MSC play with games remaining at Austin and Corydon Central.
The loss drops the Warriors to 12-9 overall and an 8-1 final report card in MSC play where they will finish no worse than second place.
Despite an inspired 24 point performance by senior forward Brantley Deaton, the Warriors would never lead in the game. His scoring line included 6-of-11 from the 3-point line, with three rebounds, one assist and seal.
“Our kids played really hard,” said Warrior head coach Brent Jameson. “There were some bright spots. We did a nice job in rebounding and keeping them off the offensive glass. In a lot of ways I was disappointed with our execution. Many missed assignments and uncertainty where there should have been none. As a coach you need to focus on how you do something and we didn’t make their life very hard. They never felt our presence defensively and that was disappointing. Offensively we were trying to be deliberate and pick our times to attack. We were not good against the press or confident with the ball. We need to be better to give ourselves a chance to beat a team with that caliber of players.”
Scottsburg had trouble with Silver Creek’s full court pressure early in the contest that forced turnovers and empty possessions putting the Warriors in a hole it could not come out of.
Silver Creek outshot Scottsburg 56% (27-48) to 38% (15-40) from the field while out rebounding the Warriors 32-23. The Dragons had 21 assists on 27 made baskets.
Scottsburg had 16 turnovers in the game that resulted in 17 Silver Creek points. The Dragons had 19 fast break points compared to eight for the Warriors. Scottsburg turned the Dragons over 12 times resulting in 15 points.
The first quarter was a defensive struggle with Silver Creek grabbing a 10-3 advantage.
With the offense of the Dragons finding its rhythm Silver Creek led 30-15 at halftime as Kaufman had 19 of those points. Deaton scored nine points in the first half for Scottsburg as he kept his team in the game.
A big 26 point third quarter by Silver Creek saw Kaufman with 11 points as the Dragons increased their lead to 56-31. Scottsburg won the final quarter 14-10.
“Playing hard is not enough,” Jameson added. “Playing hard is a given, a prerequisite, an expectation. Playing smart, executing and making plays is how you beat teams with more talented players and we didn’t do that tonight. That’s the most disappointing part, we didn’t do the things well that doesn’t require talent.”
Deaton was joined in double figures by junior guard Treyton Owens who had 12 points, 10 coming in the second half. He was 6-of-7 from the free throw line, had seven rebounds to lead the team and added three assists and two steals.
Rounding out the scoring line was sophomore Hayden Cutter with four points, five rebounds and two steals; senior guard Andrew Slaton with three points three assists and a steal; and senior forward Nick Sebastiao, who fouled out early in the fourth quarter, with two points, three rebounds, one assist and a steal.
Kaufman was 15-of-20 from the floor with six rebounds, five assists and a steal. He was joined by Kooper Jacobi who had 16 points while Brandon Northern chipped in nine for the Dragons.
The Scottsburg junior varsity, guided by Dustin Marshall, lost to Silver Creek 46-43 in overtime.
Next up for Scottsburg is a non-conference home game against 2A Paoli of the Patoka Lake Conference on Tuesday (Feb. 18) at 7:30 p.m.