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Miners remain atop SWIAC

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Austin Karazsia of Linton-Stockton (21) tries to get by Ethan Fettig of Union Tuesday night at Linton. The Class 2A No. 8 Miners extended its winning streak to six games. (By Shad Cox). [Order this photo]
Class 2A No. 8 Linton-Stockton remained atop the Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference standings with a 70-47 win over visiting Union Tuesday night.

The Miners got a game-high 32 points and 14 rebounds from senior Dess Fougerousse as they improved to 4-0 in the league table and 12-2 overall.

Union's season-long losing streak reached 13 games and they fell to 0-5 in the SWIAC.

Trey Bedwell of Union (24) is guarded by Linton-Stockton forward Bryant Jackson Tuesday night in a high school boys basketball game at Linton. (By Shad Cox). [Order this photo]
Linton-Stockton was able to shake off a slow start defensively that allowed the Bulldogs to hang the threat of an upset in the air until the third quarter.

"They've improved," Linton-Stockton coach Joey Hart said. "They had Ethan (Fettig) tonight and you've got to give the Dugger kids credit, they played hard and did a nice job -- I think we just wore them down."

That's when the Miner defense shifted into high gear and the offense exploded for a 20-5 advantage.

Lost in the mix of Fougerousse's gaudy numbers were the 13 points and eight rebounds put up by fellow senior Austin Karazsia as well as the 10 by Keith Fulk.

"The kids gave a nice effort and defensively I think we were just going through the motions in the first half," Hart said. "That's the thing, when we get locked into the defense we're pretty good.

"We weren't real well-coached tonight, it was just a weird night."

Linton-Stockton erased any doubts that might have developed after the Bulldogs trailed 18-13 at the first stop and 34-27 at the intermission.

In a reversal of fortunes for Union, the Miner defense allowed just 7 of 22 shooting from the Bulldogs after watching them connect on 11 of 20 field goals in the first half.

"We had a good first half and then ran out of steam a little bit in the second half," Union coach Chip Langley said. "Really, really glad to see some good signs of life there.

"Saw some good two man and three man action getting a few more guys involved in the offense. A little more intensity on the defense."

While the message might have been lost in the wake of the defeat, Langley felt his team's first half performance was an indication of just how much they've managed to improve over the course of the year.

"We saw Austin (Robertson) step up and get his hands on some balls and get some points," Langley said. "We just can't rely on just Ethan to score, we have to have other guys step up."

The scoring was spread around as three different players all reached the 10-point plateau. While having 10 each from Zac Birdsong, Robertson and Sterling Langley in support of nine from Fettig might not seem like much to an outsider, it was a huge step in the right direction for the Bulldogs according to their coach.

"We were a little more well-rounded in scoring and you've got to have that," he said. "When it's just one or two guys it's a lot easier to guard us.

"I was glad to see the way Zac played for us. He had 10 points, so it's nice to know that there's other they have to guard -- and guard tight."

For Hart and the Miners, it was one of the few midweek games they've played this year. But that's fine according to the coach.

"This is a good set up for because we've got to play Tuesday and win," he said referring to the upcoming sectional. "Then we've got to find a way to win Friday and then find a way to win on Saturday -- that's what we've got to do in March.

"In the dog days of January, you take a win any way you can."

Linton-Stockton also won the junior varsity contest by a score of 52-34.

Janzen Franklin led the Miners with 13 points while Drew Witty added eight, Zach Riddell and Zach Phegley added six each, Pierce Jackson scored four, Damian Russell added five, Jacob Clothier finished with three points, Calvin Allen, Andrew Woods and Chad Trent finished with two apiece and Joe Dieball added one.

Brayden Talley and Parker Lovelace led the Bulldogs with 12 points each while Melidian Maze added five and Clay Figg finished with three points.

The Miners return to action on Friday night when they visit Eastern Greene while the Bulldogs host Shoals for homecoming. Both contests are set for 6 p.m. junior varsity starts. The queen will be crowned at Dugger between the jv and varsity games.

UNION (47) -- Austin Robertson 5-8 0-0 10, Ian Hamburg 1-2 0-0 2, Ethan Fettig 3-10 3-6 9, Zac Birdsong 4-9 1-3 10, Sterling Langley 4-8 0-0 10, Trey Bedwell 1-6 2-3 4, Brayden Talley 0-0 0-0 0, Clay Figg 0-0 0-0 0, Melidian Maze 0-1 2-2 2, Parker Lovelace 0-0 0-0 0, Dakota Chesterfield 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-44 8-14 47.

LINTON-STOCKTON (70) -- Bryant Jackson 0-1 1-2 1, Dess Fougerousse 11-28 8-9 32, Austin Karazsia 5-8 3-4 13, Keith Fulk 4-8 0-0 10, Ryan Woodward 1-3 0-0 3, Jackson Bohnert 1-2 2-2 4, Beau Eaton 0-2 0-3 0, Joe Dieball 1-1 2-4 4, Cody Kocher 0-1 0-0 0, Drew Witty 0-0 0-0 0, Cole Riggleman 0-2 0-0 0, Zach Riddell 0-0 3-4 3. Totals 23-54 19-28 70.

Union 13 14 5 15 -- 47

Linton-Stockton 18 16 20 16 -- 70

3-point shooting -- Union 3-13 (Langley 2-3, Birdsong 1-5, Fettig 0-1, Hamburg 0-1, Maze 0-1), Linton-Stockton 5-19 (Fulk 2-6, Fougerousse 2-7, Woodward 1-3, Jackson 0-1, Karazsia 0-1, Kocher 0-1). Rebounds -- Union 29 (Fettig 6), Linton-Stockton 38 (Fougerousse 14). Steals -- Union 3 (Bedwell 2), Linton-Stockton 12 (Karazsia 4). Blocks -- Union 2 (Robertson, Bedwell), Linton-Stockton 3 (Karazsia 2). Turnovers -- Union 15, Linton-Stockton 7. Total fouls -- Union 17, Linton-Stockton 14. Fouled out -- Hamburg. Technical fouls -- none. Junior varsity -- Linton-Stockton 52, Union 34.

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