Medora dominates in second half against county rival Crothersville


Medora opened up a 35-25 lead midway through the third period and held on for a 53-48 win against Crothersville on Tuesday night in the Hornets’ Nest.

The Hornets held a 37-34 lead after three quarters, then made 6 of 7 free throws in the fourth period for the win.

“We had a 35-25 lead, and then we committed several turnovers and they cut it to 35-32,” Hornets coach Michael Leitzman said. “We only had two turnovers in the fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter we valued the basketball.

“Tonight we made plays when we had to. Early in the season if the other team rallied like Crothersville did tonight, we could have folded and not recovered. My guys kept their composure. In the first half it got pretty chippy. In the second half we were able to control our emotions.”

Leitzman said his team shot free throws much better tonight then it did in the first game.

“We shot 16 for 34 in the earlier game and tonight we were 10 for 15,” he said.

Nash Bottorff was 2 for 3, while Jalen Beesley and Chase Booker were both 2 for 2 in the fourth period.

The score was tied at 20 all at the half.

The Hornets got off to a hot start as Brandon Moore hit two 3-pointers, and Chase Booker added a 3-pointer plus two 2-point baskets, to spark the hornets to a 15-6 lead at the end of the period.

Moore’s second 3-pointer put the Hornets on top 10-2 at the 4:40 mark. The Hornets shot 6 for 10 from the floor in the opening period to 3 for 14 for the Tigers.

There Hornets (6-15) had a balanced attack as Moore scored 16, Booker 15 and Kam Flynn 13.

Mollett topped the Tigers (3-19) with 20 points.

Arv Koontz is a sports correspondent for The (Seymour) Tribune.