The final sand passed thru the hour glass of the 2019-2020 basketball season for the Scottsburg Warriors in the semifinal round of IHSAA Sectional 30 play at Corydon High School on Friday (Mar. 6).
The Madison Cubs held the Warriors to just five second quarter points, building a lead they would never relinquish, in posting a 67-59 victory. The Cubs withstood a furious late fourth quarter rally by Scottsburg to advance to the finals.
The win moved Madison to 13-12 overall and the right to meet Silver Creek, the defending 3A State Champions, in the championship game on Saturday (Mar. 7).
The loss dropped Scottsburg to 14-11 overall with its season now complete.
Madison utilized timely long range shooting hitting seven 3’s and a torrid night at the free throw line going 16-20 in the victory. Meanwhile the Cubs got 21 points from Mason Welch to lead all scorers while Kaden Oliver added 19.
Scottsburg was paced by Nick Sebastiao with 19 points, 15 coming in the final quarter. He was joined by double figure scorers Hayden Cutter who had 17 and Treyton Owens with 13. Brantley Deaton contributed six points while Jarrett Richey added four.
Scottsburg had its lone three pointer by Deaton and was 14-24 from the charity stripe.
Scottsburg jumped out to a 14-11 lead after the first quarter, with Cutter scoring six points as the Warriors seemed to have some rhythm offensively.
But Madison tied the game in the opening seconds of the second quarter with a long 3-ball by Welsh. Luke Ommen hit a basket to put the Cubs up 16-14, a lead they would never lose, as the Cubs rushed to a 9-0 run capped by a Kaden Oliver deuce.
Deaton hit a free throw at the midway point of the quarter to draw Scottsburg to 20-19 but Madison would end the quarter on an 11-0 run for a 31-19 edge at the break as Scottsburg was held to five points.
Nick Center opened third quarter scoring for Madison with a trifecta putting the Cubs up 15 and they would expand that margin to 19 at 48-29 by the end of the stanza. Madison outscored Scottsburg 15-10 in the period.
The final quarter had Madison up 20 when Deaton hit a 3-ball, followed by a free throw from Cutter, a layup by Sebastiao and a jumper by Cutter for eight straight points. That sequence pulled Scottsburg to within 12 at 52-40 with 5:24 remaining.
Madison then answered with a 10-1 run to push the lead back to 62-41 near the 3:00 mark. Scottsburg would use full court pressure and transition play to close the game on a 18-5 spurt, but it wasn’t enough as Madison ended its scoring in the game from the free throw line.
Scottsburg was 22-43 from the floor for 51% but could only manage 1-11 on 3’s for 9% and 14-23 from the line for 61%. Meanwhile Madison was 22-44 for 50% from the field; 7-14 from behind the arc for 50% and 16-20 from the charity stripe for 80%.
Madison led the rebounding battle with a 25-24 edge with 14 assists and 11 steals forcing 17 Scottsburg turnovers resulting in 10 points. The Warriors had eight assists, nine steals and a blocked shot forcing 15 Cub turnovers for 15 points. Scottsburg had three transition points and 11 second chance points compared to Madison’s six and four.
Sebastiao finished his career going 9-14 from the floor with seven rebounds and two assists. He had 1,030 career points as a Warrior. Cutter had a rebound, two steals and a blocked shot. Owens added two assists, a rebound and steal. Deaton pulled in three boards and a team leading four assists to go along with two steals. Richey had three rebounds off the bench. Andrew Slaton contributed two rebounds and a steal while Noah Smith had a rebound and steal.
The Warriors bid farewell to seniors Ethan McGinnis; Kaalob Schmidt; Brantley Deaton; Nicholas Sebastiao; and Andrew Slaton. All will be missed for their contributions to the rebuilding of the Warrior program.