Despite having all its scorers in double figures, the Scottsburg Warriors couldn’t overcome Jennings County hot shooting second half in dropping a 73-60 non-league road game to the Panthers on Friday (Jan. 31).
The loss dropped Scottsburg to 10-8 overall, while Jennings County of the 4A Hoosier Hills Conference improved to 10-6.
“It was a disappointing effort,” said fourth year Warrior head mentor Brent Jameson. “Jennings County competed harder and were the tougher team. They physically beat us and we didn’t answer the bell there. That hasn’t been the case most times this year. We played well enough offensively to give us an opportunity to win.”
The Panthers capitalized on 52% shooting from the floor; had nine three-pointers; made 16-of-19 free throws for 84% and outrebounded the Warriors 36-21 for the game. Scottsburg was 42% from the field and a frigid 3-of-17 from behind the arch for 18%.
The Warriors were led by sophomore forward Hayden Cutter with 19 points, followed by junior guard Treyton Owens with 16; senior point forward Brantley Deaton had 14 and senior forward Nick Sebastiao added 11 points to round out the scoring.
Carson McNulty led the Panthers with 25 points joined by Keegan Manowitz with 16 points. The pair each had four 3-pointers in the game. Trey Wilson added 15 points.
Scottsburg led 28-27 at halftime as Owens nailed a three pointer as time expired. Deaton did the same at the end of the first quarter giving the Warriors a 17-15 edge. The first half saw several lead changes but the game remained close. Owens had 11 points while Cutter posted 10 in the first half.
The third quarter started with Manowitz scoring seven straight points on two 3’s and a free throw to put the Panthers ahead 34-28, a lead they would never relinquish. Jennings County had four trifectas in the quarter. Scottsburg would get back to within three points midway thru the quarter but would never get closer the remainder of the game. Jennings County led 48-38 after three quarters, outscoring the Warriors 21-10 in the stanza.
The fourth quarter saw Scottsburg get to within five points midway thru the period on two occasions but no closer. Jennings County extended the final margin with a 25-22 fourth period, outscoring Scottsburg 46-32 in the second half. The Panthers made 14-of-16 free throws to nail down the victory.
“I was proud how we battled back in the fourth quarter, ” Jameson added. “I thought that was the most fight we played with. But you can’t go on the road against a tough opponent and wait three quarters then play the game. We will regroup and get ready for next week.”
Deaton had 11 second half points while Cutter scored nine. Sebastiao bounced back from a first half leg injury and had seven second half points before fouling out midway in the fourth quarter. He led the team in rebounding with six, added four assists and two steals in limited playing time.
Cutter was 8-of15 from the field and registered two rebounds and a block. Owens had three rebounds, two assists and a steal. Deaton posted five rebounds, three assists and a steal to his stat line.
The Warrior junior varsity dropped a 54-47 decision to Jennings County to fall to 10-6 on the season for coach Dustin Marshall.
Next up for Scottsburg is a Feb. 6 non-league game at Switzerland County of the 2A Ohio River Valley Conference.