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Gophers top Taylor for conference win

Clinton Prairie beat host Taylor 69-48 in boys conference basketball on Friday, with a balanced offensive attack and big second quarter doing the damage.

Leading just 13-10 after the first quarter, the Gophers pushed the lead to 35-19 at the half and 55-36 after three quarters.

Brandon Mosson led Prairie with 13 points (including three 3-pointers), with Grant McGraw and Austin Gibson also in double figures with 10 each. Additional scoring came from Bailey Good (nine), Trevor Funk (eight), Jacob Fullerton (six), Mason McGraw (five), Kody Gibson (four) and Kaleb Peters and Jon Lovett (two each).

Good had team-highs of nine rebounds, eight assists and four steals. Other stat contributions came from Funk (seven rebounds, a steal and an assist), Austin Gibson (five rebounds, a steal and an assist), Mosson (three rebounds and a steal), Fullerton (three rebounds, two steals and an assist), Kody Gibson (two rebounds), Lovett (two rebounds), Grant McGraw (two assists and a rebound), Mason McGraw (a rebound, a steal and an assist) and Peters (a steal).

Prairie improved to 12-5 (4-2 Hoosier Heartland Conference) on the season with the win, while Taylor fell to 2-15 (1-4). The Gophers were to play Covington on Saturday, with their next game at Crawfordsville on Tuesday starting at 7:30 p.m.

Hornets hold off Stars

Rossville built a 12-point first half lead and maintained it for a 73-61 win over host Western Boone in boys basketball on Friday, improving their record to 15-2 on the year.

Dawson Jacoby led the Hornets with 18 points, including shooting 4 for 5 from 3-point range. He added six rebounds and a steal on the night.

Other scoring for Rossville came from Kirby Meeks and Chase Frey with 15 and 11 points respectively. Damon Shaw added nine, while Dirk Shaw had eight, Bryce Oliver five, Reid Douglas four and Jesse Cornell three.

The Hornets led 14-9 after the first quarter, expanding the lead to 37-25 at halftime. The Stars trimmed it to 52-41 after three before Rossville closed out the game.

Frey had a team-high eight rebounds, adding two steals and two assists. Dirk Shaw led the team with five assists also grabbing four rebounds and making a steal. Other stat contributions came from Meeks (five rebounds, two assists and two steals), Damon Shaw (six rebounds and three assists), Oliver (two assists and a steal) and Douglas (two rebounds, an assist and a steal).

The Hornets shot 59.5 percent (25 for 42) from the field for the game, including 6 for 13 from 3-point range. The Stars fell to 8-10 with the loss.

Rossville was to play at Northwestern, ranked fourth in the sate in Class 3A , on Saturday afternoon. Their next game is at home against conference foe Taylor on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Eagle 3s bury Bulldogs

Clinton Central lost 50-37 to host Faith Christian in boys basketball on Thursday, with the Eagles slowly increasing the lead throughout the game.

Faith Christian led 11-8 after the first quarter, increasing the lead to 25-19 at half and 40-30 after three quarters.

The Bulldogs were led in scoring by Ross Cripe with 10 points, including three 3-pointers. Additional scoring for Central came from Payton Moore with nine, Nate Martin (five), Spencer Smith (four), Caleb Heide (three) and Jack Akard, Jake Shoup and Riley Montgomery (two each).

Nathan VanDokkenburg had a game-high 26 points for Faith Christian, including six 3-pointers. The Eagles hit 10 3s for the game compared to six for Central.

The loss dropped the Bulldogs to 2-13 on the year, while the Eagles improved to 7-12. Central was to host Seeger on Saturday with their next game at home against Carroll on Friday at 7:30 p.m.