The Scottsburg Warriors utilized a balanced scoring attack and another solid defensive effort to remain unbeaten in Mid-Southern Conference play posting a 47-42 road win over the Salem Lions on Friday (Jan. 17).
The victory moved the Warriors to 8-6 overall, 7-0 in MSC play; while the Lions fell to 5-7 overall and 1-1 in MSC action.
Scottsburg was led by sophomore Hayden Cutter who had 14 points and five rebounds. He was joined in double figures by senior Brantley Deaton with 12, all on 3’s with two rebounds and two assists; while junior Treyton Owens also scored 12 points and added three assists.
Salem was led by Isaiah Jefferson with 14 points and Myron Mead who registered 12.
The game was low scoring from the start as the teams were deadlocked at 9-9 thru the first quarter. Scottsburg took a six point advantage at 17-11 in the second period with Cutter (6) and Owens (2) leading the scoring. But Salem would pull back to 19-17 at the half.
Trailing 25-24 with 5:00 to play in the third quarter, Scottsburg went on a 12-3 run getting scoring from Deaton on two 3’s; Cutter’s four points and an Owens bucket. The Warriors would end up leading 38-30 after three quarters. Deaton would end the quarter with nine points on three trifectas.
Salem would get to within four points in the final quarter but Scottsburg would not allow the Lions to get any closer down the stretch with timely defense.
Scottsburg shot 54.5% from the field as a team and 40% from the three-point line, while limiting the Lions to 38.5% and 11.1% in those same departments. Salem stayed close in the game going to the free throw line 17 times making 11 as Scottsburg was 7-8 from the stripe. Although out-rebounded by a 26-18 margin, Scottsburg had 20 points off Salem turnovers while the Lions had eight points off 16 Warriors miscues.
Senior Nick Sebastiao had six points and six rebounds to go along with three steals and a blocked shot. Ethan McGinnis had two points while Jarrett Richey scored one point off the bench. Senior guard Andrew Slaton had one rebound, two assists and a steal.
The Scottsburg junior varsity team raised its record to 8-3 on the season with a 58-54 win over Salem for coach Dustin Marshall.
Next up for Scottsburg is a Saturday (Jan. 18) non conference road game with the 4A New Albany Bulldogs of the Hoosier Hills Conference.