HENRYVILLE — Cameron Kearney came through in the clutch Tuesday night.
The Henryville senior’s 3-pointer with 2.4 seconds to play lifted the host Hornets to a 40-38 win over Silver Creek in an intracountry game at H.G. Furnish Gymnasium.
“I was ready for it, but I was kind of nervous because it was all on me and there was two seconds left,” said Kearney, a 5-foot-8 senior wing.
The shot helped Henryville (6-8) end a three-game losing streak and also helped the Hornets overcome a scoreless second quarter.
“It was an exciting game,” Hornets coach Josh Conrad said. “Both teams played pretty hard. They did a lot of good things and we did a lot of good things also and we were fortunate enough to hit the last shot to take the lead.”
Henryville led 16-4 at the end of the first quarter before the Dragons (5-8) stormed back behind Jaclyn Emly. The freshman guard hit a trio of 3-pointers to spark Silver Creek’s 15-0 second period and give the Dragons a 19-16 halftime lead.
Silver Creek stretched its lead to 30-24 late in the third quarter before the Hornets rallied. They tied the game at 33 with 6:52 to play. It was nip and tuck from there.
The Dragons took a one-point lead when Jordan Balz hit 1 of 2 free throws with 31.3 seconds left to set up Kearney’s heroics.
Following a timeout, freshman Riley Nunn drove from the right wing to the free throw line, where she turned and kicked the ball back to Kearney as she fell down. The senior stepped into her shot and drilled the game-winning 3.
“I was so confused because I thought they called a travel, then I didn’t know my 3 counted, so I was a little confused, but I was happy,” Kearney said. “I was really happy because our goal was to beat Silver Creek, and we did.”
Added Conrad: “I won’t say it was the first option, but Cameron stepped up and was ready to shoot, regardless of how far away it was. It was a good shot. She had a good follow through and it was a good play on her part.”
Kearney finished with six points and a game-high eight rebounds, including six on the offensive end. Senior forward Kennedy Easton scored 13 points to pace the Hornets, who shot 32.4 percent (12 for 37) from the field and was 12 of 22 (54.5 percent) from the free throw line but outrebounded the Dragons 30-22.
Emly scored a game-high 16 points for Silver Creek, which shot 40 percent (14 for 35) from the field but was plagued by 20 turnovers.
“We came out flat to start the game, dug ourselves a hole,” Dragons coach Scott Schoen said. “We had a really good start of the second quarter, but we couldn’t string together consecutive moments like that. It seemed like every time we made a shot, we’d make a silly foul or we’d make, what we call an untalented turnover. … My hat’s off to Henryville. [Kearney] made a great shot, kicked in, kicked out and she knocked it down. They made free throws when they needed to and they hung in there and they made some big shots.”
HENRYVILLE 40, SILVER CREEK 38
Silver Creek 4 15 14 5—38
Henryville 16 0 13 11—40
Silver Creek (5-8): Kylie Wilkinson 0-1 0-0 0, Katie Emly 4-7 0-0 8, Savannah Kirchgessner 1-5 0-0 2, Jaclyn Emly 5-12 3-5 16, Jordan Balz 0-0 1-2 1, Alyssa Wright 2-4 1-2 5, Lauren Hall 0-3 0-0 0, Bella Hinton 1-1 1-2 3, Jordan Leddon 1-2 1-1 3. Totals 14-35 7-12 38.
Henryville (6-8): Riley Nunn 1-7 2-4 4, Cameron Kearney 2-8 1-2 6, Darian Nipper 1-8 4-4 6, Allison Horn 2-3 2-4 8, Kennedy Easton 5-7 2-2 13, Jalyn Michael 0-0 0-0 0, Lexie McAfee 1-4 1-6 3. Totals 12-37 12-22 40.
3-point field goals: Silver Creek 3-13 (J. Emly 3-7, Hall 0-2, Kirchgessner 0-2, Wilkinson 0-1, Wright 0-1); Henryville 4-15 (Horn 2-2, Kearney 1-3, Easton 1-1, Nunn 0-5, Nipper 0-4).
Rebounds: Silver Creek 22 (Wright 4, J. Emly 3, Hinton 3); Henryville 30 (Kearney 8, Easton 3, McAfee 3, Michael 3, Nipper 3).
Turnovers: Silver Creek 20, Henryville 19.
Total fouls: Silver Creek 19, Henryville 14.
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