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Hilltoppers fall 65-52 despite combined 48 by Jines, Koehler
, Courier Sportswriter
Friday, December 27, 2013 10:00 AM
Shawe’s Kaelan Jines fires a 3-pointer (above) during Thursday’s game at Henryville. Jines scored a career-high 31 points in the consolation loss to Oldenburg. Fellow sophomore Patrick Bear grimaces (below) after twisting his ankle on a defensive play. Bear left the game temporarily but eventually returned. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
HENRYVILLE - Shawe sophomores Kaelan Jines and Brad Koehler combined for 48 points but the rest of the Hilltoppers tallied just four in Shawe's 65-52 loss to Oldenburg Academy in the consolation of the McKee Munk Invitational at Henryville on Thursday.
Jines scored a career-high 31 points and Koehler added 17 for an impressive one-two punch. But the only other points the Hilltoppers got were on two jumpers from Grayson Rhoten.
The lack of balanced scoring hurt Shawe in the morning semifinal as well, a 42-30 loss to host Henryville. Koehler had 19 points and three other Hilltoppers totaled nine in the loss.
Despite the low numbers of scorers, Shawe coach Matt Traylor was more concerned with his defense, especially against a well-disciplined Oldenburg team that used back-door cuts with deadly efficiency.
"We just flat couldn't guard the dribbler. Part of that is the on-the-ball guy and part of that is the other guys who are supposed to be in help positions," Traylor said. "They're just too worried about their man. They won't slide over to take a charge, they won't slide over to stop the ball. Defensively, I thought we were very selfish. We didn't guard as a team."
Shawe (1-7) couldn't have gotten off to a better start. Jines hit two 3-pointers and Koehler added five points as the Hilltoppers jumped out to an 11-4 lead midway through the first quarter.
Oldenburg (2-4) wasted little time getting back into the game. The Twisters' Drew Kleopfer hit a runner with three seconds left to tie the contest 11-11 at the end of the first, part of a 21-3 run that pushed Oldenburg's lead to double digits.
While Jines was having a big day and Koehler was scoring nearly at his season average, the Hilltoppers couldn't find anyone else to put the ball in the bucket. Both of Rhoten's baskets came in the third quarter with Shawe down by 16 points.
"We had some good looks. Whit (Grote) has struggled offensively and part of that is his injury," Traylor said. "But we just didn't have much movement offensively, we didn't attack. We got some good looks from those other guys, especially early, we just missed them. I just don't think it's as important to them as it should be, both on the offensive end and defensive end."
Jines scored 21 of his 31 points in the second half and brought the Hilltoppers back to within 10 on two separate occasions but Shawe got no closer.
Matt Moorman led Oldenburg with 21 points and Kurt Sarringhaus added 19. The Twisters had six different players score including Ted Geis and Kleopfer with eight points each.
Two areas that the Hilltoppers did extremely well was hit free throws and take care of the ball. Shawe was 7-of-9 from the foul line and committed just five turnovers.
"Five turnovers is phenomenal. Usually you're skipping out of the locker room if you just had five turnovers," Traylor said.
Things weren't much better for Shawe in the morning semifinal. Henryville, which broke a 30-game losing streak with a win over Southwestern on Saturday, made it back-to-back victories with the win over Shawe.
The Hornets (2-5) led 15-9 after the first quarter, 25-19 at haftime and 31-24 after three before pulling away in the fourth quarter for the win.
Braxton Robertson led Henryville with 13 points.
Shawe's next game will be a week from today when the Hilltoppers host Lawrenceburg. Traylor is hoping to see more consistency out of his young team in the second half of the season.
"We have a real lack of vocal leadership right now. I think if you polled the team and asked them who the leader is we'd get four different names," Traylor said. "I think when you see somebody step up and lead this team that's when you will see the peaks and valleys smooth out more than they have so far."
MCKEE MUNK INVITATIONAL
HENRYVILLE 42, SHAWE 30
SHAWE 9 10 5 6 - 30
HENRYVILLE 15 10 6 12 - 42
SHAWE (1-6) - (g)Koehler 19, (f)Thevenow 5, (g)Jines 2, (f)Rhoten 2, (g)Bear 0, C. Grote 0, W. Grote 0, Rios 0.
HENRYVILLE (2-5) - (g)Robertson 13, (g)Weeks 9, (g)Dieterlen 9, Janek 5, (f)Reister 2, McAfee 2, Hairston 2.
3-Point Goals - Shawe 0, Henryville 3 (Robertson 2, Janek 1). Turnovers - Shawe 12, Henryville 15. Total Fouls - Shawe 15, Henryville 12. Free Throws - Shawe 12-12, Henryville 9-12. Fouled Out - None.
OLDENBURG 65, SHAWE 52
SHAWE 11 7 17 17 - 52
OLDENBURG 11 19 21 14 - 65
SHAWE (1-7) - (g)Jines 31, (g)Koehler 17, (f)Rhoten 4, (g)Bear 0, (f)Thevenow 0, W. Grote 0, C. Grote 0.
OLDENBURG (2-4) - (g)Moorman 21, (f)Sarringhaus 19, (f)Geis 8, Kloepfer 8, (g)Schuman 7, Mullen 2, (g)Hurm 0, Rose 0.
3-Point Goals - Shawe 7 (Jines 5, Koehler 2), Oldenburg 5 (Kloepfer 2, Schuman 1, Moorman 1, Sarringhaus 1). Turnovers - Shawe 5, Oldenburg 6. Total Fouls - Shawe 12, Oldenburg 12. Free Throws - Shawe 7-9, Oldenburg 8-11. Fouled Out - None. Next Game - Shawe hosts Lawrenceburg Jan. 3. Oldenburg hosts Waldron Saturday.
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