Fast Breaking

Shawe’s Autumn Lathrem (20) leads a fast break after a steal during the Hilltoppers’ win over Seven Oaks at home on Saturday.

Shawe is once again one game above .500 after the Hilltoppers topped Seven Oaks Classical School 45-6 in girls basketball Saturday morning at home.

The Hilltoppers, who were playing without starting center Lina Leatherman who was on senior retreat, jumped out to the lead early and never looked back. Shawe pitched a shutout in the first half, leading 34-0 at the break, and coach Terry King spent much of the rest of the game working on the team’s half-court offense and trying to get in work instead of running up the score.

“We wanted to jump out and get the lead. We never pressed, we picked them up at the 10-second line, and we did that long enough to get us a comfortable lead,” King said. “After that, we wanted to fall back and work on our half-court defense and offense. We didn’t want fast breaks and steals and trying to run a score up. They would have served no purpose.”

Shawe’s first bucket in the second half triggered a running clock under the IHSAA’s new mercy rule implemented this year.

One player who really stood out for Shawe was freshman Harlee Hill, who recorded her first career double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds.

“I hope this really helps her confidence and what she’s capable of. We were playing without Lina today so hopefully this will show that she can step in,” King said. “She’s only a freshman so hopefully she can take this game and going forward continue to practice as the center and as a forward. Her ability is there, she just has to believe in herself and hopefully this game will help with that.”

Ava Turner chipped in 10 points for the Hilltoppers while Allison Knoebel scored nine points. Autumn Lathrem added four points and Jennifer Avalos scored one.

Shawe, now 3-2 on the season, hit the road on Monday to travel to Borden. The Hilltoppers then don’t play again until hosting Southwestern as part of a boys-girls doubleheader on Friday, Dec. 3.

Switzerland girls win two

Switzerland County girls basketball gutted out a pair of wins over the weekend.

On Friday, the Pacers picked up a 46-35 non-conference win at Rising Sun. Jessie Duvall had 16 points to lead the Swiss, Maddie Duvall scored 11, Courtney Higgins had nine points, Halle Archer had six and Hannah Hayes four.

“A solid defensive effort by the Pacers, specifically Nora Hankins and Hannah Hayes,” Switzerland County coach Brooke Todd said.

On Saturday, Switzerland beat Franklin County 46-40 at home. Jessie Duvall had 14 points, Maddie Duvall had 13 points, five rebounds and four steals, Archer had eight points and Higgins scored four.

Switzerland, now 4-1 on the season, hosts North Decatur on Wednesday and hosts Milan on Tuesday.

Rebels knock off Dearborn

Southwestern used a big second quarter to take the lead then held on in the fourth to knock off South Dearborn 60-56 in girls basketball Saturday on the road.

The Rebels trailed 11-6 after the first quarter but ripped off 21 points in the second to take a 27-22 lead into the break. Southwestern maintained the lead through the third then scored 20 more points — including nine from the foul line — in the fourth to ice the win.

“We started out slow in first but came on after that. Trinity (McLain) and Kylie (Eccles) are capable of this type of scoring every game,” Southwestern coach Brian Crank said. “All that played contributed to this win. South Dearborn played extremely tough against us, but we kept our composure. It is nice to get a win on the road against a 3A school.

“Emily Hatton went down at the end of the game, but she is feeling much better now, and our girls busted their tails to get a win for Emily.”

McLain and Eccles each scored 19 points to lead Southwestern. Eccles also had seven rebounds while shooting 62% from the field, while McLain had four assists and four steals.

Ashley Fulton added 12 points and four steals, and Emma Long had 10 points and nine rebounds.

Southwestern, now 2-4 on the season, hosts Madison on Wednesday for the annual Turkey Shootout.

CAM boys open with wins

Christian Academy of Madison’s boys basketball team opened the 2021-22 season with a pair of victories over the weekend

On Friday, CAM knocked off Micah Christian (Ky.) 63-35 at home and then Saturday, the Defenders held on for a 55-45 win over Pleasant View on the road.

CAM blew open its game with Micah early and cruised from there. Nine different players scored in the game for the Defenders, led by Clay Carter with 14 points, and Elijah Kummer with 11.

Carter scored 22 points to lead the Defenders against Pleasant View while Austin Dailey had 12 and Jaxon Miller scored 11.

CAM led 18-10 after the first quarter and held the advantage the rest of the way, but the Bulldogs stayed close throughout.

Christian Academy, now 1-0 overall and 1-0 in the Southern Roads Conference, hosts Bloomington Lighthouse today and then hosts Assumption (Ky.) on Friday, Dec. 3.

Madison falls at Salem

Madison girls basketball suffered a 60-46 loss at Salem on Saturday.

Casey Dyer had a big game for the Cubs, scoring a career-high 19 points while pulling down seven rebounds. Cam Cahall had eight points and five rebounds, Taylor Lynch had seven points, five rebounds and three assists, and Breck Ralston and Alaina Kelley each had six points.

Madison, now 2-3 on the season, heads to Southwestern on Wednesday for the annual Turkey Shootout. The Cubs then head to Floyd Central on Wednesday, Dec. 1.