CONTACT: Shawe’s Joe Mingione draws a foul on a drive to the basket between Oldenburg defenders Josh Stenger (left) and Ted Geis (center). The Hilltoppers were awarded 30 free throws and hit 20 in a 47-34 win in Madison. (Staff photo by Mark Campbell)
CONTACT: Shawe’s Joe Mingione draws a foul on a drive to the basket between Oldenburg defenders Josh Stenger (left) and Ted Geis (center). The Hilltoppers were awarded 30 free throws and hit 20 in a 47-34 win in Madison. (Staff photo by Mark Campbell)
Shawe's boys basketball team halted a three-game skid, and bounced back from its worst loss of the season with a 47-34 win over Oldenburg Academy on Friday night in Madison.

The Hilltoppers, winless since a 70-48 romp over Crothersville on Dec. 14 and beaten 56-29 by Class 3A Princeton in their last outing on Dec. 28 in Evansville, seized control of Friday's game from the outset and then hung on for the win in the stretch.

"We got a little complacent and let a few things get away from us close to the end but I also thought our guys competed very well down the stretch," Shawe coach Matt Traylor said. "We should have put the game away and we could have put the game away but we had a few mental lapses and that's sort of been our thing."

The Hilltoppers ripped out to a 9-4 lead after one quarter and then got back-to-back 3-pointers by Luke Higgins and Aczael Rios to start the second period and seize a 15-4 lead.

Oldenburg Academy battled back with a mini run to close the half down 17-9, but Shawe outscored the Twisters 16-10 in the third quarter with the bulk of the Hilltopper offense then - and in the second half for that matter - coming at the free throw line.

Shawe scored nine of its 16 points in the third quarter at the foul line and seven of its 14 in the fourth to slam the door on what was developing into an Oldenburg comeback.

Trailing 31-14 with just over two minutes left in the third quarter, Oldenburg outscored Shawe 5-2 to close that period and then went on an 8-2 run to open the fourth and slash the Hilltoppers' cushion to 35-27 with 5:33 left in the game.

But eight points was as close as the Twisters would get as Shawe got a basket each by Taylor Rhoten and Jesse Ball and another 3-pointer by Higgins to make the 7-of-14 foul shooting hold up in the stretch.

"At the end of the day we had eight or nine guys who played hard and competed well," Traylor said. "But we've got to do a better job from the free throw line."

In a tighter game, Shawe's overall 20-of-30 from the foul line might have made things interesting for the Hilltoppers. But with Oldenburg making just eight trips to the foul line and making five, Shawe's 20-5 advantage at the stripe was fatal for the Twisters.

Ironically, much of Oldenburg's fouling came out of a Twisters' zone defense. But with Shawe's guards attacking the rim throughout, the Oldenburg zone often looked a step slow on its coverage.

"They play that zone and it slows things down," Traylor said of the Twisters. "At times we were very patient against it and at others we were just stagnant."

Meanwhile, Shawe's pressure defense produced dividends throughout as the Hilltoppers choked passing lanes and used defections to strip ball-handlers.

"I thought our press bothered them a lot," Traylor said. "Our guards did a really good job of guarding the ball."

Shawe, 3-7, will now take on perhaps it's biggest task of the season to date when the Hilltoppers visit Class 2A No. 4 Providence, now 9-0 after a 60-51 win over Class 2A No. 6 Clarksville Friday night.

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FRIDAY'S BOYS GAME

at Madison

SHAWE 47, OLDENBURG 34



OLDENBURG 4 5 10 15 - 34

SHAWE 9 8 16 14 - 47



OLDENBURG ACADEMY (2-7) - (c)Lamping 12, (f)Reynolds 9, (g)Hurm 5, Geis 4, (g)Schuman 3, Wilger 1, Drew 0, Smith 0.

SHAWE (3-7) - (g)Higgins 16, (g)Grote 13, (g) Mingione 6, (f)Ball 6, (f)T. Rhoten 3, Rios 3, Daugherty 0, Fry 0.



3-Point Goals - Oldenburg 3 (Reyolds 1, Hurm 1, Schuman 1), Shawe 5 (Higgins 2, Grote 2, Rios 1). Free Throws - Oldenburg 5-8 (62.5%), Shawe 20-30 (67.7%). Total Fouls - Oldenburg 18, Shawe 10. Fouled Out - None. Technical Fouls - Oldenburg: None, Shawe: Bench. Next Game - Oldenburg hosts Greenwood Christian on Friday, Shawe visits Providence tonight.