It was homecoming night, and the Scottsburg Warriors were searching for their first win of the season in front of a packed house in Meyer Gym. Their opponent was conference powerhouse, and heavy favorite, the Brownstown Central Braves. Despite being huge underdogs, the Warriors held their own and found themselves competing late in the game, but eventually falling by a score of 60-46.
After the pre-game festivities were out of the way, the action began just as most of the Warriors games have so far, with the opponent jumping out to an early lead. The Warriors were ice cold from outside to begin, but pesky defense kept the score within five points. Then, on the back of senior Brad Bowling, they began a 7-0 run to take a two point lead. This was followed by a huge shift of momentum as the Braves converted on an and one play and hit a buzzer beating three pointer to take a 16-9 first quarter lead.
It seemed in the second quarter that Scottsburg would again fall away just as they had in previous games as the Braves came out firing. A few quick three’s extended their lead and though the Warriors played hard, the Braves made all the plays and found themselves up 15 mid way through the quarter. Soon, the Warriors would begin chipping away at the lead and found themselves within nine points with under a minute to go. Then, a turnover by the Warriors on a big possession gave an easy fast break basket to the Braves who took the lead into the locker room, 28-19.
The third quarter was more even as both teams came out with great intensity. After a few quick baskets on both sides, the scoring ceased for a few minutes. Then, out of a Warrior timeout, two huge baskets cut the Brownstown lead down to only six as the Warriors found themselves right back in it. However, it would not last as the Braves again took the wind out of the Warriors sail’s with a big play. Despite this, Scottsburg continued to hang tough and make big plays, but still trailed headed into the deciding quarter, 41-33.
The fourth quarter lived up to the rest of the game as the scoring continued to go back and forth. The Warriors, lifted by the support of their fans, played with great intensity and held the deficit to six. Then, a costly turnover by Scottsburg gave the Braves the spark they needed as they began to take control of the game. The Warriors continued to play hard, but Brownstown had an answer for everything as they went on to the 60-46 victory.
Brownstown’s Spencer Allman led all scorers with 25. The Warriors were led by Brad Bowling with 22.