(Staff photo by Mark Campbell)
(Staff photo by Mark Campbell)
MEDORA — It was a roller-coaster ride but in the end Christian Academy of Madison did more than enough to hold off Medora boys basketball 57-48 on Saturday night and pencil the Defenders onto the first page of the Southern Road Conference record book.

The Defenders closed out the conference portion of their schedule by beating the Hornets on their home court to finish 4-1 in the inaugural Southern Roads Conference season and earn at least a tie with either Columbus Christian or Cannelton for the league championship.

The Crusaders and Bulldogs, both 3-1 in the league, will play their finale on Monday in Cannelton for a piece of the league championship. CAM owns wins over both Columbus and Cannelton during league play but Cannelton edged the Defenders in pool play during an SRC tourney back on Nov. 30.

Saturday’s game featured five ties and three lead changes before Cam took the lead for good on a 3-pointer by Clay Carter with 3:28 left in the third quarter. The Defenders made too many turnovers (19) to turn the game into a blowout but were solid enough everywhere else to make sure the outcome was rarely in doubt.

Christian Academy doubled up the Hornets in the first quarter 12-6 before Medora battled back to take a 23-22 lead into halftime on the Hornets’ senior night. Medora actually pulled ahead by five, 27-22 on a reverse layup by Owen Sullivan, just over a minute into the third quarter but the Defenders then ripped off an 11-1 run to flip the scoreboard 33-28 and then went on to lead 42-32 at the end of the period and cruise to the win.

The fact that Medora stayed in the game as long as it did was in large part to the Hornets’ aggressive defense. Medora got after the Defenders full court and contested every shot inside. But in the end that aggression also contributed to Medora’s undoing as the Defenders adjusted to the pressure to score in transition and the Hornets started dealing with foul trouble.

Medora was whistled for 17 fouls to the Defenders’ 12 and most of the Hornets’ fouls put CAM on the free-throw line. Christian made Medora pay by hitting 16-of-19 at the foul line while Medora was just 9-of-14.

Christian Academy was led by Clay Carter’s game-high 16 points — a night that included two 3-pointers and a perfect 6-of-6 at the foul line — while Luke Carter scored 13, including 5-of-6 at the foul line, and Chase Hoskins knocked down a couple of 3s to score 10. Add to that the fact that lone senior David Kummer and junior center Trent Haggard both scored eight and the Defenders’ balance was just too much for the Hornets to stop.

Medora put three players in double figures — J.D. Fish with 13, Sullivan with 12 and Isaiah Myles with 10 — but Keaton Seniours scored seven despite spending time on the bench in foul trouble and fouling out with 2:54 left.

The win closed out the regular season for Christian Academy. The Defenders, who are not IHSAA affiliated, will now move on to the Indian Christian School Athletic Association Regional in Columbus.

CAM, which is assigned to the South Regional, will play the winner of Evansville Christian and Pleasant View at 2 p.m. on Saturday with the winner of that game meeting host Columbus Christian at 6 p.m. in the championship. The winner will advance to the ICSAA State finals on Saturday, Feb. 23 in Lafayette.



at Medora


CHRISTIAN 12 10 20 15 — 57

MEDORA 6 17 9 16 — 48

CHRISTIAN ACADEMY OF MADISON (14-11, 4-1 SRC) — (g)C. Carter 16, (g)L. Carter 13, (f)Hoskins 10, (f)Kummer 8, (c)Haggard 8, Miller 2.

MEDORA (4-14, 2-3 SRC) — (f)Fish 13, (f)Sullivan 12, (g)Myers 10, (g)Seniours 7, (c)Jones 4, Spurgeon 2, Sturgill 0, Combs 0, Cobb 0, Starr 0.

3-Point Goals — CAM 5 (C. Carter 2, Hoskins 2, Kummer 1, Medora 3 (Myers 1, Seniours 1, Sullivan 1. Rebounds — CAM 22 (Haggard 8, C. Carter 7), Medora 16 (Jones 7). Assists — CAM 10 (Kummer 4), Medora 5 (Fish 3). Turnovers — CAM 19, Medora 15. Free Throws — CAM 16-19, Medora 9-14. Total Fouls — CAM 12, Medora 17. Fouled Out — Medora: Seniours.