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Raider boys 'three-peat' title with win over Panthers

By RON GREESON - For The Courier-Times

MIDDLETOWN — Shenandoah was seeking a third consecutive varsity boys basketball team title in the Henry County Tournament as the final game of the 2018 event tipped off at Shenandoah High School.

The host Raiders overcame an early challenge from Knightstown to win 62-31 Saturday night, improving to 9-3 on the season.

It was a big win on the home hardwood for Shenandoah, as the hosts pulled away from a 17-11 lead after the first quarter with a suffocating defense that forced Panther turnovers and held Knightstown to just nine made field goals all night.

The unofficial shooting numbers tell the story all too clearly, as Shenandoah hit 18 of 43 field goal attempts, while the Panthers were nine of 45.

It was an off night in what has, thus far, been a turnaround season for Knightstown varsity boys basketball.

“It is always tough to play Shenandoah on its own floor, and we made way too many turnovers, 24 to our count,” said Knightstown varsity Head Coach Dusty Magee. “You just are not going to beat almost anyone with 24 turnovers.”

He went on to compliment the repeat Henry County champions.

“Shenandoah is a very good team, so they force those turnovers; they do that against all of the teams they play,” Magee went on. ‘That is the reason they are 9-3, they are an athletic team and do an outstanding job, even without a lot of height.”

Jarred Porter had 16 points to lead the Panthers in scoring, while Owen Wiles was next with seven points off the bench. Tucker Personett had just a lone fielder for two points, and Jose Olivo a single made free throw.

For Head Coach David McCullough of Shenandoah, he was happy with his team’s intensity just 48 hours after a dominant win over another Henry County foe, Tri, on the tournament’s opening night of hoops play.

“We came out on the floor Thursday night (against Tri) with great energy defensively, both the guys playing on the floor and the guys on the bench,” McCollough commented. “I was concerned if we would come out like that again here in the championship game, and I thought we did. We distributed the ball well and were unselfish, and we have been playing that way.”

Shenandoah led 33-18 at halftime, then came out to start the second half and kept the Panthers off the scoreboard for most of the third quarter, expanding the lead to 48-18 with 15 straight points.

“Our defense was really good to start the second half, so I am very pleased overall,” McCollough added.

The boys All-Henry County Tournament Team for 2018 includes Luke Cross of Blue River Valley, Nick Wilson of Tri, Jarred Porter of Knightstown, and both Braydin Myers and Chase Kinsey of champion Shenandoah. Both teams return to action Friday night at home. Shenandoah will host Union County, which leads the Tri-Eastern Conference (TEC) standings at 3-0, in a non-conference game while Knightstown welcomes Centerville as a new foe in the TEC.

The Panthers are 3-1 in the conference, while the visiting Bulldogs will travel down U.S. 40 after knocking off Northeastern to win the Wayne County Tournament Saturday night.

“We were just talking about that,” added Magee after the brief locker-room talk after the Saturday night loss.

“We can just put this outcome behind us, and focus on the two big home TEC games coming up. That way it takes the focus off this loss, and we look ahead to those big games this weekend.”

Shenandoah 62, Knightstown 31


Olivo 0-8 1-2 1, Porter 4-11 7-7 16, Personett 1-1 0-0 2, T. Burton 1-9 1-2 3, Thomas 0-1 0-0 0, Cook 0-2 0-0 0, C. Burton 0-4 0-0 0, Wiles 2-4 2-4 7, Edwards 0-1 0-0 0, Parker 1-3 0-0 2, Fort 0-0 0-0 0, Lukens 0-1 0-2. Totals 9-34 11-17 31.


Kinsey 5-11 4-5 17, J. Starks 1-6 3-4 5, Bennett 3-6 1-1 8, Myers 2-5 1-2 5, Patrick 0-0 0-0 0, P. Starks 2-6 5-6 9, Frost 1-1 0-1 2, McCollough 2-4 1-2 6, Kinsey 1-2 3-6 5, Huff 1-1 2-2 4, Coers 0-1 1-2 1, Campbell 0-0 0-0 0, Monday 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-43 21-31 62.

Knightstown 11 7 5 8 — 31

Shenandoah 17 16 16 13 — 62

3-point goals – Knightstown 2 (Porter, Wiles), Shenandoah 5 (Kinsey 3, Bennett, McCollough). Rebounds – Knightstown 24 (Porter 5, Wiles 4), Shenandoah 28 (P. Starks 5). Total fouls – Knightstown 20, Shenandoah 16. Turnovers – Knightstown 24, Shenandoah 19. Records – Knightstown 5-6, Shenandoah 9-3.