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The Clark County Indians host the Cardinals from South Shelby on Friday evening. It was a rescheduled Courtwarming night for Clark County. In addition, it was the annual “Pink Game” to raise funds for the local cancer fund.
Clark County started slow offensively. Defensively, the Indians were called for several shooting fouls in the first half. Four of the Cardinal’s sixteen first quarter points came at the line. By the end of the first period, South Shelby led 16-10.
Layne Sommers and Carter Briscoe found their three-point targets in the second, and kept the Indians close. However, the Indians still put the Cardinals at the free-throw line too often, and they capitalized on six of eight attempts. At the half, South Shelby held a ten point lead, 33-23.
Clark County’s Gabe Hunziker got hot in the third quarter, scoring eight of the the Indian’s 14 points. Sam Wheeler added the other six. After three quarters, the Cardinals led 46-37.
The Indians’ comeback hopes were realized in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter, as they held the Cardinals scoreless while putting points on the board. With 2:54 remaining, Wheeler missed a pair of free throws, but Briscoe got the rebound and the put back to tie the game at 46. From there, it was back and forth contest. Clark County led by four with a 1:37 remaining.
South Shelby hit a pair of free throws to cut the Indian lead to 50-48. South knotted the game at 50 each with 53 seconds remaining, then added one at the line. Clark County answered. A Cardinal three pointer put South on top again.
The Indians had one final chance with seven seconds remaining. Aaron Day passed to Hunziker, who drove to the hoop. The ball went in and out, and time expired with South taking the 54-52 win.
Sam Wheeler led the Indians with 20 points. Gabe Hunziker added 10. Carter Briscoe scored seven points, and Lay Sommers had five. Conner Pearl and Drayson Daniels scored two points each.