NEW CASTLE, Ky. - Shawe Memorial went across the Ohio River to battle Henry County for the first time ever on Saturday night and came home on the wrong end of a tough, physical 63-50 loss.

The Hilltoppers played well in spurts all night and still had a chance in the fourth quarter. The game was tied at 45-45 with 7:14 but Henry County went on a 15-1 run over the next five minutes to finally put the Hilltoppers away.

"It was indeed physical. The story of our season, we go through spells," Shawe coach Matt Traylor said. "We defend really well. We go through spells. I don't know if we know what defense we're in. Spells where we go to the basket really well offensively. We go through spells where we throw it side to side and not attack offensively. I think at the end of the day what we take from it, we have to make some of those good spells last longer."

Shawe (1-4) led after the first quarter 15-10. The Hilltoppers took 14 more shots than the Wildcats and outrebounded them 11-1 on the offensive end. David Grote led the attack with six points and five rebounds.

In the second quarter Henry County (2-3) woke up. Junior Brad West led the charge as he scored nine points in the quarter including 2-of-3 from behind the 3-point arc. The Wildcats forced 12 turnovers and took a 29-24 lead into the half.

Joey Mingione and Grote combined for 10 of the Hilltoppers' 16 points to keep Shawe within five at the end of the third quarter.

West connected on two more three's in the fourth quarter to open up the game for Henry. He finished with a team high 18 points on 6-of-10 from the field and he also connected on five three pointers. Austin Young finished with 13 points for the Wildcats.

"We have some mental lapses. Sometimes we just stop playing, stop attacking offensively," Traylor said. "We start cheating on pass lanes and get lazy on defense. Maybe it's my fault; maybe we're a little tired, maybe I need to sub a little bit more. Maybe need to find breaks for some of those guys. We didn't do anything different, the same stuff that was effective for us against the same offense for most of the game became ineffective."

Shawe was led by Mingione's 19 points. Grote and Luke Higgins added nine points each in the loss.

"I thought Joey (Mingione) offensively was pretty aggressive up the lane," Traylor said.

"Defensively I thought there were some different guys that played well," Traylor added. "Kyle Daughtery came in played some big minutes. Our guards I think defensively played really well. Our guards out-rebounded our bigs. David Grote had seven offensive rebounds, I think. He was pretty aggressive to the ball all night."

The loss was the fourth-straight for Shawe and second in as many nights. The Hilltoppers lost at South Ripley on Friday and Traylor admitted that his team was tired.

"It's really hard to play back to back nights. It's two physical tough opponents," Traylor said. "Whether it's on the basketball court, in the classroom or in life, it's hard to be really good at anything. If we want to be really good at something, we have to go through some of that hard stuff and figure out how to be a little bit better."

The Hilltoppers host Crothersville on Friday.



at New Castle, Ky.


SHAWE 15 9 16 10 - 50

HENRY CO. 10 19 16 18 - 63


SHAWE (1-4) - (g)Mingione 19, (g)Grote 9, (f)Higgins 9, (f)Rhoten 4, (f)Ball 2, Rios-Garica 2, Fry 2, Daugherty 2,  Reuss 1,  

 HENRY CO. (2-3) - West 18, (f)Young 13, Wundrak 8, (g)Estes 7, (c)Jeffries 6, (g)New 6, (g)Howard 5, Cruse 0, Aneszko 0, J. Jeffries 0.


3-Point Goals - Shawe 6 (Mingione 3, Higgins 2, Grote 1), Henry Co. 6 (West 5, Estes 1). Rebounds - Shawe 39 (Grote 10), Henry Co. 30 (Jeffries 8). Assists - Shawe 7 (Grote 2), Henry Co. 8 (Howard 4). Turnovers - Shawe 19, Henry Co. 21. Total Fouls - Shawe 23, Henry Co. 19. Free Throws - Shawe 8-14 (57%), Henry Co. 13-20 (65%). Fouled Out - Henry Co.: Jeffries. Next Game - Shawe hosts Crothersville Friday. Henry Co. visits Carroll Co. Tuesday.