For The Tribune
Following the intermission of Tuesday’s Crothersville-West Washington boys basketball game, it turned into a half of rallies.
When the final horn sounded, the Senators had more rallies and a 73-60 victory.
The Senators held a 28-16 lead at halftime before Conner Adams and Micah Mains opened the third-quarter scoring with 3-pointers, as the Tigers closed the difference to 28-22 with 6:50 on the clock.
Mains had a big third quarter with 12 points, and his second 3-pointer of the period cut the Senators’ lead to 5-points.
However, the Senators also had a lot of firepower and scored 11 baskets in the third quarter. Noah Green had four of those baskets to help the Senators maintain a 52-41 lead going into the fourth period.
Mains hit another 3-pointer and scored five points in the fourth period. Dakota Mount added four points, and Adams, Clayton Byrd, Tyler Luedeman and Cameron Luedeman all had baskets.
The closest the Tigers could get was eight points midway through the final eight minutes.
The Tigers were forced to play catch up from the start as they fell behind 7-2 after three minutes of play.
Lane Trueblood made two 3-pointers to spark the Senators to a 16-7 lead at the end or the period.
Cameron Luedeman came off the Tigers’ bench to hit a 3-point basket, and followed with a deuce in the closing minute of the half, but Bailey Sullivan hit three goals for the Senators to help them to the 12-point cushion at the break.
Tigers coach Greg Kilgore said he thought that shooting and rebounding hurt his team.
“Poor shooting in the first half and rebounds hurt us,” Kilgore said. “They had 16 or 18 points off rebounds. You can overcome poor shooting, but you can’t overcome poor rebounding.”
The Senators had balanced scoring with Peyton Walker scoring 15, Green 14, Trueblood 13 and Hunter Sanford netting 10.
Mains topped all players with 21 points, and Jordan Schoenfelder was next for the Tigers with 10 points.
“Mains was playing some JV ball for me a couple of weeks ago,” Kilgore said. “Then he moved into the starting lineup, and tonight he had a career high.”
Walker and Landon McPheeters, a pair of 6-foot-3 sophomores, each pulled down 10 rebounds to help the Senators to a 39-25 advantage on the boards.
Mount was high rebounder for the Tigers with eight.
The Tigers, who had won two in a row and three of their past four, fell to 5-12 for the season, while the Senators improved to 6-7.
Crothersville will travel to Columbus Christian on Friday night with the boys junior varsity playing at 5 p.m., followed by the girls and boys varsity games.