SALEM — Silver Creek played its second straight overtime game in the Class 3A Salem Sectional Friday night, but this time the Dragons came up just short.
The Dragons, who defeated Corydon Central in triple overtime Tuesday night, fell to Scottsburg 43-34 in overtime in the semifinals Friday night.
Creek trailed 31-23 with 3:30 left in the fourth quarter and finished regulation with an 11-3 run to send the game to an extra period. The Dragons ran out of gas in the overtime, missing all seven of their shot attempts, and their season came to an end.
“We battled back so hard, and then in overtime, I think the turnovers and missed free throws just caught up with us,” said Creek head coach Scott Schoen, whose team finished with 18 giveaways and missed nine foul shots. “I’m so proud of my team though. They could have quit Tuesday night and they could have quit tonight, but this group is going to be just fine. The clock just ran out on us.”
Jacly Emly led the Dragons (10-14) with 13, including four triples. Katie Emly added 11, scoring eight in the second half.
“Jaclyn is a gym rat,” Schoen said of his freshman. “She’s the first one in the gym and the last one out. It’s no coincidence she is our best player because she works on her game all the time. She’s got a chance to be really good. She’s such a competitor.”
The Warriors were led by Jaylah Mays’ 17. Mays poured in 15 in the second half.
“We were expecting them to face guard her,” Scottsburg head coach Donna Cheatham said. “Mays is a tough kid. I know that wouldn’t bother her and we worked on some things in practice to use against that defense to get her the ball.”
The Creekers held Scottsburg (12-13) to 34 percent shooting but only managed to shoot it at a 25 percent clip themselves.
“I thought we had mostly good shots tonight, they just didn’t go in and sometimes that happens,” Schoen said. “Then in overtime we really struggled attacking their zone and well, you see what happened with our shots.”
The Dragons led 14-13 at halftime but Scottsburg surged in the third frame and took a 24-22 lead to the final quarter. Six different Dragons scored in the fourth stanza as Creek scratched and clawed its way to another overtime. However the Blue and Orange committed nine of their 18 turnovers in the fourth quarter and overtime combined.
“It seemed like we just turned it over at critical moments of the game when momentum shifted,” Schoen said. “We were fortunate Tuesday to overcome a ton of turnovers and win in triple overtime, but tonight we couldn’t do it.”
Scottsburg, which avenged its regular-season loss to Creek, will vie for its 16th sectional crown Saturday night against fourth-ranked Salem. The Warriors legendary head still showed the excitement of a first year coach when talking about the chance to win another sectional.
“Winning never gets old,” said Cheatham, who now has 699 victories for her career. “It we pull this off tomorrow, it’s a parting of the red sea. We’re so young, we never know what we’re going to get.”
With the loss, the Dragons finished with a losing record for the fifth straight season. However, Schoen was nothing by optimistic after the game and was already looking to the future.
“This is a young team, so for them to get to the semifinals is a good experience for them,” he said. “We always talk about growing and learning from things. Our ultimate goal at Silver Creek is to win a sectional, regional, semistate, and I’ll say it, to win a state championship. But we have to find kids that want to work on their games all year-round. If we can get there, we’re going to be pretty special.”
CLASS 3A SALEM SECTIONAL
SCOTTSBURG 43, SILVER CREEK 34
Scottsburg 6 7 11 10 9—43
Silver Creek 8 6 8 12 0—34
Scottsburg (12-13): Zoe Zellers 9, Jaylah May 17, Alyssa Hall 8, Katie Hortsman 4, Kady Clancy 3, Kaitlyn Jennings 2.
Silver Creek (10-14): Jaclyn Emly 13, Kylie Wilkinson 1, Katie Emly 11, Savannah Kirchgessner 7, Jordan Balz 1, Bella Hinton 1.
3-point field goals: Scottsburg 1 (Mays), Silver Creek 5 (J. Emly 4, K. Emly).
Rebounds: Scottsburg 32, Silver Creek 29.
Turnovers: Scottsburg 11, Silver Creek 18.
Field goal shooting: Scottsburg 13-38, Silver Creek 9-35.
3-point shooting: Scottsburg 1-9, Silver Creek 5-22.
Free throw shooting: Scottsburg 16-31, Silver Creek 11-20.
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