Warriorettes defeat CAI 60-40 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 11:59


by Kaleb Mount


Before the Warriorettes’ game against CAI on Monday night, Nov. 30, Coach Donna Cheatham chewed out the players for being distracted in the locker room before the game. After straightening up and winning a 60-40 blowout, the Scottsburg girls demanded an apology. Cheatham obliged.

The Warriorettes’ were able to stay in control throughout the game. There was never a doubt of their dominance. In fact, after going up 19-4 in the .rst quarter, Cheatham began to dig deep into the team’s bench.

“I got to give some kids some very valuable playing time. I was able to experiment with the bench. You can’t always do that,” said Cheatham. “I’m still looking for subs who will score. They’re playing defense, but if you’re going to win a game you have to put a ball through a hoop. My subs are timid about that.”

Cheatham said she was especially impressed when veteran players began helping her to bring the bench up to speed. She watched Taylor Means and Emma Waskom pass up on easy shots in order to give substitutes opportunities.

Cheatham said the game was also beneficial because it helped the team confront their ultimate weakness.

“Obviously height is our Achilles heel. [CAI] had a couple of six-footers so we got to experience our disadvantage. If we had one big kid, we would go from being good to being very good,” said Cheatham.

According to Cheatham, basketball is a game of height, speed and muscle.

“We’ve got the speed, and I think we’re strong enough, but we don’t have the height. I think that hurts us in a lot of games,” said Cheatham.




Warriorettes Defeat the Austin Lady Eagles, 52-41 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 11:53







The Warriorettes took on the rival Austin Lady Eagles on Tuesday, Nov. 24. The contest ended in a 52-41 victory for Scottsburg.

Point guard Emma Waskom said that going into the game, nerves were high.

“No matter where the game takes place, there are always a lot of nerves when we play Austin. That’s an important factor, but I think we handled it really well,” said Waskom.

Coach Cheatham agreed. “We did very well considering we were very nervous. I always try to downplay the Austin game to the kids, but it never works. I heard them mentioning it throughout the beginning of the season,” said Cheatham.

At the end of the .rst quarter, Austin held a three point lead over the Warriorettes. This was only part of the game where they could have been considered in control. Scottsburg scoredseventeen points in the second quarter to go ahead by four points. After that, the lead was only extended.

Cheatham credited Katie Horstman and Taylor Stewart for their notable performances in the matchup. Horstman scored eight of the seventeen points during the explosive second quarter. Throughout the whole game, Stewart and Horstman combined for 22 points. Chatham likened them to secret weapons.

“Austin was focused on Barrett and Waskom, but Stewart and Horstman both had an amazing game. They weren’t supposed to be scoring, but they were performing in the limelight. When those two rise to the occasion, it makes us hard to beat,” said Cheatham.




Warriorettes defeat Brownstown 56-53 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 11:51


by Kaleb Mount


The Warriorettes faced off against the Brownstown Lady Braves on the evening of Nov. 27. After what Coach Cheatham called a “comedy act of officials,” the game ended with the Warriorettes ahead by three points. The final score was 56-53.

“The game didn’t get over until almost 11:00,” said Cheatham. “That game was so interesting. You couldn’t figure out where the calls were coming from, but the officials just kept blowing their whistles.”

During the game, there was a total of 57 foul calls made. 73 free throws were shot as a result. Scottsburg had a slightly better percentage on their shots, edging out Brownstown by the four points they ended up needing to win. Emma Waskom shot 9/11 on her free throws,standing out among both teams.

Cheatham said that despite questionable calls, the Warriorettes were able to lead for most of the game. After overcoming some initial challenges, they stayed in control for the entirety.

“It started off slow. We were playing on the Friday after Thanksgiving, and you could tellthat both teams had sat at the table for too long. Once we got the lead, though, we didn’t loseit,” said Cheatham.

Cheatham said that overcoming the tough circumstances of the game was indicative of something greater.

“We showed that we are growing up. We’re a much more mature ball club than we havebeen in the past. In recent years, we have had talent but not heart. The girls have been second-guessers. I think that now we’re beginning to plow through that,” said Cheatham.




Woman escapes from Austin area man alleged to have held her against her will PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 10:34



A woman who allegedly escape from her captor after being held against her will for two days told Indiana State Police a harrowing tale of the incident.

The woman was interviewed by ISP Trooper Tracy Spencer at the emergency room at Scott Memorial Hospital in Scottsburg. She said that Jeffrey Scott Combs, 29, Austin, kept her at his East Crothersville Road residence for two days.

During that time, the woman said Combs hit her and strangled her twice, almost causing her to pass out. She was treated at the hospital for bruises on her face, arms, legs and neck.

How she got into the situation is almost as bizarre. The victim related that Combs and an unidentified woman came into her home in Commiskey on November 4. She said she was assaulted and held down while Combs injected her with an unknown substance. When she woke up, she said she was at Combs' home and the subsequent abuse took place.

On November 7, she said she was able to get out of the residence and ran down Whitsitt Road. She said Combs ran after her, caught her and hit her, then attempted to strangle her beside the road.

Six people in a van said they saw the assault take place as they drove northbound on Whitsitt Rd. They turned around, and as they were southbound, they saw the couple again. The woman said she ran toward the van and was allowed inside by the occupants, escaping from Combs. The people took her to the Commiskey residence.

When he was interviewed, Combs said the woman willingly came with him and his grandmother on November 4 to his house on Crothersville Rd. He said he saw her run from the house on November 7 and went after her, where he “...kept her at the road by grabbing (hugging) her until the van came by...”

The man with which the woman was living in Commiskey also offered a statement, saying she had disappeared from the home while he was showering, and he didn't see her again until people brought her home on November 7.

Combs remains at the Scott County Security Center in Scottsburg in lieu of bail of $50,000 by corporate surety bond or $10,000 cash. He has been charged with one count each of criminal confinement, a Level 5 felony, strangulation, a Level 6 felony and battery as a Class A misdemeanor.

Combs has an initial trial date of February 23. He has a public defender.

A no contact order has been entered to protect the woman from Combs if he is released on bond.

Alcohol possible factor in early Sunday morning crash that damages 8 vehicles PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 10:32


Scottsburg police are awaiting toxicology reports from the Indiana State Police crime lab before filing charges against a 33-year-old Scottsburg man in connection with a crash on U.S. Highway 31 South that damaged a total of eight vehicles.

The accident was reported at 12:46 a.m. on Sunday, November 29. Sgt. Rodney Watts and Patrolman Travis Rutherford were dispatched to the scene, U.S. Highway 31 South at Ron's Auto Sales.

According to information released by the city department on Monday morning, November 30, Olber Soto was the driver of his wife's southbound 1999 Ford Expedition that apparently drifted left off the highway and clipped the front of a 2012 Kia Soul, one of several vehicles being displayed at the business.

That hit started a chain re-action accident, vehicle striking vehicle, that resulted in a total of seven at the used car dealership being damaged. The heavily-damaged Expedition ended up in the southbound lane again. Along with damages to the Sotos' Ford, loss of property was estimated at up to $50,000 by Sgt. Watts.

Soto was still behind the wheel of the SUV when officers and First Responders arrived. As rescuers were trying to get Dawn Soto out of the vehicle's rear seat, Olber Soto got out by himself, the officer's report related, despite both airbags having deployed. He was ordered to sit on the end of a fire truck until medical help was available.

Dawn Soto had suffered a large cut between her eyes. The window beside her was completely destroyed in the incident. Her husband was also hurt and was bleeding from the back of his head. The woman was taken directly to University of Louisville Hospital by Scott County EMS technicians, while Soto was transported by another EMS unit to Scott Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Deputy Joe Johnson and Reserve Deputy Jim Wampler accompanied Soto to the local hospital since the man had become combative, so much so that EMS technicians were forced to hold him down in the back of the ambulance while a First Responder drove the unit. A blood screen was taken at the hospital to determine the man's blood alcohol content.

The current conditions of the couple are not known.

Vehicles beside the Expedition and Kia Soul which were damaged in the accident included a 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander SUV, a 2008 Buick Lucerne, a 2011 Hyundai Accent; a 2010 Hyundai Elantra, a 2010 Smart Car and a 2005 Chrysler Sebring.

All were towed from the scene.

The business' sign was also sideswiped, the officer noted.

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