In the closing minute of a close game, it came down to a big 3-pointer and free throws.
Morristown’s Kyle Burton hit the go-ahead 3-pointer in the final minute, then the Yellow Jackets’ Ty Streeval, a 90 percent foul shooter, sank four straight free throws in the final 29 seconds to secure a 55-50 comeback win against tournament-host Edinburgh on Tuesday night in a first-round
Class A sectional game.
Edinburgh, meanwhile, immediately began thinking about next season. The Lancers (12-8) lose only one senior to graduation and are confident of a bright future.
“We’ve been in so many close games this season, but the kind of experience we are gaining is giving us something to look forward to,” said fourth-year Edinburgh coach Drew Glentzer.
“This was just one of those things where we came up short. It’s hard to win.
“There are so many teams that can get you. They’re all dangerous because they all have different styles to play against.”
In a back-and-forth contest from start to finish, the game between the Mid-Hoosier Conference rivals was tied eight times and had 12 lead changes.
Edinburgh jumped out to a 15-8 lead at the end of the first quarter, using good ball movement on the perimeter while taking care of the basketball on each offensive possession.
The Lancers increased their lead to 19-10 on the shooting of sophomore guards Collin Hoskins and Kyle Pendleton, who had 10 and nine
points, respectively, at halftime.
Their effort helped the Lancers withstand an 11-0 Morristown run in the second period and hang on for a 23-21 halftime advantage.
Morristown’s 6-foot-6 senior center Andrew Shepherdson was held scoreless in the first quarter, got loose down low with Edinburgh senior Dakota Sneed on the bench with two personal fouls.
In the second half, the Yellow Jackets got a big lift from 6-foot-6 senior center Andrew Shepherdson. Following a scoreless first quarter, he scored eight of his team-high 14 points in the final two quarters.
Shepherdson connected on all seven of his field-goal attempts before fouling out with 2:47 to play.
“He really hurt us in our regular-season game, but I thought we did a good job of rotating our guards toward him and doubling him when needed,” Glentzer said.
Pendleton knocked down three 3-pointers in the third quarter to give Edinburgh a 33-29 lead with just over four minutes left in the period.
However, the Yellow Jackets finished with a flurry at the end of the period with a layup by Shepherdson and a 3-pointer by senior Kyle Hallauer to give Morristown a 39-38 edge.
After a few more lead changes, the teams drew to a 50-all tie with 29 seconds to play. Streeval put the Yellow Jackets up for good by closing out the game with five free throws.
Streeval finished with 12 points.
For the game, Morristown (12-9) shot 57 percent, connecting on 20 of 35 from the field, including six 3-pointers and 9 of 12 at the stripe
Edinburgh, meanwhile, hit 18 of 49 from the field for 36.7 percent, including a dismal 5 for 20 from outside the arc and 9 of 15 free throws.
Pendleton, who came off the bench, had a game-high 21 points for the Lancers, including five 3-pointers. Hoskins added 15 and a game-high nine rebounds.
With the loss of only one senior, center Dakota Sneed, the Lancers are confident of making a deeper run next season.
“We’ve come a long way with this group,” Glentzer said. “We’ll get in the weight room and make some improvements with our skill sets.
“When you’re getting 90 percent of your scoring back, I like our odds.”