The Silver Creek girls’ basketball team saw an advantage under the basket, and 6-foot junior Kelsi Scott came through with 26 points and 13 rebounds as the Dragons rallied past Salem 60-54 Wednesday night in the first round of the Class 3-A Charlestown Sectional.
Silver Creek (7-15) will face No. 7 Madison (14-2) in the second semifinal Friday night, following Scottsburg (15-5) vs. Charlestown (14-7).
Madison advanced with a come-from-behind 56-42 victory over Corydon.
* The Dragons fell behind 11-0, but then Salem’s top player, junior Alex Davidson, picked up her second foul just four minutes into the first quarter. Silver Creek-Salem:
Salem (8-13) still led 14-2, then the Dragons settled down and gradually got back into the game. By the end of the first quarter, the Salem lead had melted to 19-13.
“When you lose a 20-point-a-game scorer, it hurts,” said Salem coach Jerry Hickey. “You roll the dice. As long as we stayed afloat, we were going to keep her on the bench (in the first half). … It hurt not having her out there every possession.”
Davidson led Salem with 22 points.
From there the game stayed close. The third quarter featured nine lead changes.
The Dragons led just 52-50 with two minutes left, but they hit four straight free throws and Bailee Popp converted a layup for a 58-52 cushion.
Scott said it was probably her best all-around game in high school.
“She played well,” coach Scott Schoen said. “She played the way she’s capable of playing.”
Schoen siad they’ve made a point in practice to get the ball to Scott.
“Our young guards are doing a better job of looking for that option,” he said. “The last couple of weeks we’ve been concentrating on getting her touches. … She’s a wonderful passer. For a big girl, she’s so agile and she sees the floor so well.”
Scott said she played the game with a heavy heart after the death of a family friend, Scott Bostock. “I was playing for him,” she said.
Hickey said the Lions tried everything they could think of to slow Scott.
“She knows how to use her size,” he said. “She’s also got more size than anybody. We’re running two people at her. We’re in front and behind, but she’s just a load.”
Scott, who didn’t play in last year’s sectional because of a broken finger, said she “wanted to play like it was my last game.”
* The Panthers (12-8) battled toe to toe with the Cubs and actually led most of the first half. Madison-Corydon:
Then Madison went on an 11-2 run late in the third quarter and into the fourth to surge ahead 37-32. The Cubs, losers only to Bedford North Lawrence and Jeffersonville, finished with a 9-3 run to ice the outcome.
Corydon played without Marie Rothrock, who suffered an ACL injury a couple of weeks ago. But coach Michael Uhl offered no excuses.
“We had three games and two weeks to make adjustments,” he said.
Aly Smith, who canned four 3-pointers, led Corydon with 20 points. “Aly had a huge game, and she’s done that since Marie went down,” Uhl said.
For Madison, Olivia Crozier led a balanced attack with 16 points and Whitney Wynn added 14.