It was a contrast of styles as the Scottsburg Warriors remained unbeaten in Mid-Southern Conference play with a 43-38 win over the North Harrison Cougars in historic Meyer Gym on Saturday (Jan. 12).
Scottsburg was led by double figure scorers senior Nick Sebastiao with a game high 18 points and sophomore Hayden Cutter with 12. Senior Brantley Deaton had eight points including two key 3-balls, while Treyton Owens netted five points.
North Harrison was paced by Braden Jenkins with 11.
The victory moved the Warriors to 7-6 overall and 6-0 in MSC games. North Harrison dropped to 7-4 overall and 3-2 in conference play.
“It was a huge bounce back for us tonight,” said fourth year Warrior head coach Brent Jameson. “The loss to Madison was emotional and for us to come back with such a high level of energy was great. The will to win and the tenacity to play at the level we want was all there.”
In a game where both teams had difficulty establishing an offensive rhythm, the defenses dug in and controlled the tempo most of the night.
Scottsburg allowed just two points in transition while scoring 16. The Warriors committed just five turnovers while scoring nine points off the Cougars 14 miscues.
North Harrison outrebounded Scottsburg 30-13 in a game where just 71 total shots were taken. Both squads were respectable from the field as Scottsburg registered 46% to North Harrison’s 44%.
The Warriors never trailed in the game, building a 10-7 first quarter lead into a 20-15 margin at the half. The Cougars tied the game at 20-20 and again at 22-22 early in the third period before Scottsburg finished the quarter on a 10-0 run. Deaton buried a corner 3-ball to beat the buzzer as the Warriors spread the floor to set up the open look taking time off the clock and a 32-22 advantage.
Sebastiao opened the final quarter with a basket giving Scottsburg its largest lead of 12 points at 34-22. But North Harrison would cut the lead to just five points at the 1:49 mark. The Cougars however, would draw no closer as free throws by Sebastiao and Owens would put the game away.
“Nick just has this will to win,” Jameson added. He was a monster on both ends of the floor and in all areas of the game. Hayden answered the bell for us to be better defensively and he was locked in tonight. I was proud of the way we handled the pressure late as we had contributions from everyone. Really proud of our guys.”
Sebastiao stuffed his stat line on this night hitting 7-11 from the field, 2-4 on 3’s, 2-2 free throws, adding four rebounds, three blocks, three assists and two steals. Cutter was 6-11 from the field. Deaton led the team with four assists and added a block and steal. Owens and senior guard Andrew Slaton each had two steals as the Warriors totaled nine in the game. Slaton also picked up two assists. Noah Smith had an assist and steal off the bench for the Warriors.
The Scottsburg junior varsity, under the direction of Dustin Marshall, posted a 56-40 win over North Harrison.
Next up Scottsburg continues MSC play at Salem on Friday (Jan. 17).