Without its leading scorer, Shelbyville did not have the firepower to keep up with Seymour Tuesday night at William L. Garrett Gymnasium.
Ollie Sandman injured his right foot Saturday night in a loss at East Central. The junior averaging 21 ppg will miss this week’s games and his status for next week’s sectional is still to be determined.
The visiting Owls took full advantage Tuesday building a 14-0 lead after the first quarter, opening it up to 34-10 at halftime and cruising to a 54-18 victory.
Marcus Brooke led Seymour (14-6) with 12 points. Landon Fritsch finished with 10 and six more Owls got into the scoring column.
(Steve Bush photos) Shelbyville senior guard Jakob Heaton (top photo) drives past Seymour's Charlie Longmeier (12) during Tuesday's game at William L. Garrett Gymnasium. (Above) Shelbyville freshman Damon Badgley looks for a scoring opportunity against a Seymour defender.
Jakob Heaton led Shelbyville (5-16) with 10 points. Nolyn Smothers had four and Damon Badgley and Kohen Myers each had two.
The Golden Bears close out their regular-season schedule Thursday with Senior Night against Batesville (9-12) then begin the postseason Tuesday at Greenwood High School against Franklin (7-14).
In other prep events Tuesday:
North Decatur 51, Waldron 45
At North Decatur, Bryce Yarling scored 21 points but no other Mohawk reached double digits in the Mid-Hoosier Conference finale for both squads.
Waldron dropped to 11-10 this season and finished fourth in the MHC standings with a 3-3 record.
The host Chargers improved to 11-10 and secured a second-place finish in the conference with a 5-1 record.
On Tuesday, North Decatur took a 15-11 lead after one quarter and held the advantage at halftime, 24-19.
The Mohawks closed to 35-31 after three quarters but could not complete the comeback.
Bryant Becker finished with seven points for Waldron and Caden Sheaffer had six.
Waldron ends its regular season schedule Friday for Senior Night when Anderson Prep Academy (1-19) visits.
Christel House 76, Southwestern 60
At Southwestern, the visiting Eagles scored 49 second-half points to offset a pair of milestone performances from Southwestern’s Jordan Jones and Aiden Hartsell.
Hartsell (photo, left) scored a game-high 33 points to surpass 1,000 career points, moving into seventh place in program history with 1,021 points. The senior is 57 points away from passing Rick Parmer for sixth on the career scoring list.
With five made three-pointers against the Eagles, Jones (photo, right) rose to the top of the list for 3s made in a season with 71. Andrew Messer was the previous record holder with 68 in 2013.
Jones had 19 points in the loss.
The Spartans (9-12) led 20-17 after one quarter and 33-27 at halftime.
Christel House outscored Southwestern 20-13 in the third quarter then put together a 29-point fourth quarter to seal the win.
Javon Tyler and JaShawn Edwards each scored 17 to lead the Eagles (11-9). Ashton Sharkey finished with 14 and Will Kinslow had 10.
Southwestern is the host site for Sectional 60. The Spartans take the floor on March 2 at approximately 7:30 p.m. against Oldenburg Academy (5-14).
New Palestine 11.475, Shelbyville 77
At New Palestine, the host Dragons posted their top team score of the season just days ahead of the sectional.
Shelbyville gymnasts Renee Aldridge and Faye-Lynn Voss placed third and sixth, respectively, in the all-around competition. Aldridge’s score of 30.725 left her behind Lutheran’s Penelope Morrow (33.35) and New Palestine’s Alyse Rickey (32.675).
Ruby Garner scored an 8.45 for Shelbyville on the vault and finished tied for second. Aldridge and Voss finished in a three-way tie for fourth at 8.35.
Aldridge also placed fifth on the uneven bars (7.425).
Shelbyville and New Palestine will next compete Saturday at the Connersville Sectional.