A sprained ankle couldn’t slow down Brownstown Central’s Carson Lambring from putting up big numbers against Jennings County.
Lambring hit four 3-pointers and added another field goal for 15 points in the first quarter in a 77-57 blowout Friday against the Panthers.
In the first quarter, the Braves took a 13-10 lead after a 3-pointer by Gavin Bane with 3:38 on the clock.
The Braves then went on a 16-4 run to close out the opening eight minutes with Lambring accounting for 11 of the points, as the Braves led 29-14.
“Carson was playing on a pretty bad ankle, but he’s a tough kid,” Braves coach Dave Benter said. “He is one of those kids who won’t want to sit out. He showed a lot of toughness, and I thought he played really well tonight.”
Jennings’ Tyler Vogel accounted for eight of his team’s points behind a pair of 3-pointers.
In the second quarter, Vogel stayed hot amassing 10 points before halftime.
The Panthers went on a 7-2 run to close the half but trailed 42-34 at the break.
Brownstown stepped back on the gas, scoring 13 straight points from the 7:36 to 4:30 mark in the third quarter, led by five points from senior Cam Shoemaker.
A 3-pointer by the Braves’ Jacoby Shade put Brownstown up 66-42 after three quarters.
The Braves never looked back in the fourth quarter and emptied their bench with three minutes left up 69-47.
Lambring, Shade and Shoemaker each tallied 18 points to lead the Braves.
Vogel finished with 20 and Kenneth Jones added 12 for the Panthers.
“I think Matt Nierman deserves credit for (slowing down Vogel), he made (Vogel) exert a lot of energy to get his points. He scored very few points on Matt. (Vogel) was a little bit tired in the second half. We put him and Jacoby to add a little extra length to keep him down in the second half.”
Brownstown outrebounded the Panthers 47-37 on the night.
The Braves (9-0) play Tipton tonight at the Hoosier Gym in Knightstown.
Benter singled out toughness as the factor in the upcoming matchup.
“Toughness — mentally and physically,” Benter said. “We have to be solid in those two areas for 32 minutes. We have to be ready for long possessions on offense and defense. That will be the key (tonight).”