Shepard Earl scored 17 points, David Persinger 14 and Braxton McCrory added 13 Saturday to lead Medora to its first basketball win since Jan. 16, ending an eight-game losing streak.
The Hornets polished off Washington Catholic 52-40 on the road in the second half.
“We were down at halftime,” coach Mark Morin said of the 23-21 deficit for Medora. “We were up four with four minutes to go. Our defense really tightened up and we hit our free throws down the stretch. We needed them down the stretch.”
Morin gave high praise to Jenna Bowers as a member of the Hornet team that shifted from all boys to coed at the beginning of the season when Medora did not have enough girls for its planned all-girls team.
Bowers scored eight points and had four steals.
“She guarded their best player, too,” Morin said.
The Hornets are 3-16 on the year with regular-season games left this week before Class A sectional play begins in March.
They had not won a game since Jan. 16 when the Hornets beat Dugger Union 45-44.
Brownstown edged by Providence
In its second game in two nights after a three-week coronavirus and snowstorm enforced break, Brownstown Central was nipped by Providence 41-40 on Saturday night.
The Braves fell to 10-6 on the year with three-regular season games remaining between Tuesday and Saturday before sectional play.
“We had our chances,” said Brownstown coach Dave Benter. “We shot 28% from the field and 16% from three.”
The Braves scored just eight points in each of the first three periods before breaking out a little with 16 points in the fourth quarter of the low-scoring game.
Jack Benter, the freshman who is the son of the coach, was high scorer for Brownstown with 11 points. The other scorers for the Braves were Carter Waskom with nine points, Levi Stahl seven, Aidan Schroer six, Parker Heman five and Sam Schepman two.
Trinity loses battle with Madison in second half
After opening with a strong first quarter, Trinity Lutheran watched Madison pull away with a high-scoring second half Saturday to capture a 82-57 decision.
The score was 19-17 Madison (13-7) after one period, but the gap began to grow after that and the hosts piled on the points, particularly at the free throw line over the last two periods.
Senior Tyler Goecker was high man for the Cougars with 16 points. Jacob Sabotin came through with a 14-point night, and Jack Marksberrry was a third double-figure scorer with 11. Hudson Norton added nine points and Mitchell Hackman seven.
The Cougars are 7-13 entering the last week of the regular season.