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UPDATED: Miners remain road warriors with win at South Knox

Monday, January 28, 2013

The Linton-Stockton Miners racked up another win in enemy territory with a 58-49 win over host South Knox Saturday night. Above, Linton-Stockton's Keith Fulk tries to find an open teammate as the Spartans' Isiah Stafford tries to defend. (By Rick Curl/Greene County Daily World). [Order this photo]
VERNE -- Dess Fougerousse racked up another double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds while senior teammate Austin Karazsia followed a night of career highs in both points and rebounds with 19 points and eight rebounds to lead the Linton-Stockton Miners to a 58-49 win her Saturday night.

The win was the 14th in 16 tries for the Miners who are now a perfect 8-0 on the road. Their only two losses came on a neutral court at the Wabash Valley Classic.

After firing on all cylinders to open the contest, it was a case of shorter returns overall for the Miners as the half wore on.

They led 16-9 at the first stop before barely edging out the hosts 9-8 in the second quarter. That left them ahead 25-17 at the break.

South Knox celebrated "Pink Night" to fight breast cancer during the intermission and the Spartans must have found some motivation as they outscored the Miners 15-14 in the third quarter.

"We had an eight point lead and came out flat to start the second half," Linton-Stockton coach Joey Hart said. "I don't know if it was bad coaching to start the half or the extended halftime, we weren't sharp to start the second half."

South Knox managed to erase the gap and take a brief one point lead at 30-29 with three minutes and 19 seconds to play in the quarter.

But a 10-2 run to close out the quarter righted the ship for the Miners and left them in front 39-32 with eight minutes to play.

"We responded as soon as they came back and we put up that run," Hart said. "I was pleased for the most part that we kept our composure, you always fear this as a trap game and we got through it -- we always want to play better."

Fougerousse and Karazsia picked up right where they left off in Friday's win at Eastern Greene, sparking an offense that continues to build momentum as the post season looms in the foreground.

Fougerousse finished the night hitting 8 of 12 shots from the floor and 6 of 8 from the charity stripe while Karazsia was nearly as deadly nailing 5 of 11 shots from the field and 9 of 11 from the line.

The duo also combined to out rebound the Spartans themselves. Linton-Stockton won the battle of the boards 23-18.

"We showed some composure and senior leadership there at the end," Hart said. "We moved the ball and got it done."

Jackson Bohnert added nine for the Miners while Keith Fulk finished with six to round out the scoring.

Trevor Welton led South Knox with 14 points.

Despite their 2-13 record, the host Spartans provided more than ample competition for the surging Miners according to Hart.

"It's hard to tell kids that you can't go by their record," Hart said. "They play some great competition and keep getting better all year.

"It's hard to convince them that they're going to be hard to play. Well now they know -- if we play them in March (South Knox is also a part of the sectional) we'd better be ready."

They were solid from the field as well draining 18 of 44 shots and connecting on half (6 of 12) of their 3-pointers.

"They're a very competitive team, much better than their record," Hart said. "They have some players and we started to take care of the basketball better in the second half and got out of here."

Linton-Stockton captured the junior varsity contest by a 43-35 tally.

Joe Dieball led the Miners with 11 points while Zach Riddell added eight, Drew Witty and Jacob Clothier seven each, Beau Eaton and Zach Johnson four each and Pierce Jackson two.

The Miners remain idle until Saturday Feb. 9 when they host White River Valley in a 1 p.m. contest.

LINTON-STOCKTON (58) -- Bryant Jackson 0-2 0-0 0, Dess Fougerousse 8-12 6-8 24, Austin Karazsia 5-11 9-11 19, Keith Fulk 1-4 3-4 6, Ryan Woodward 0-1 0-0 0, Jackson Bohnert 3-3 3-5 9, Cole Riggleman 0-0 0-0 0, Zach Riddell 0-0 0-0 0, Joe Dieball 0-0 0-0 0, Beau Eaton 0-0 0-0 0. 17-32 21-28 58.

SOUTH KNOX (49) -- Tucker Welton 5-9 2-2 14, Andrew Scott 1-4 0-2 2, Nick Burke 2-2 2-2 7, Colten Houchin 1-4 0-0 3, Isiah Stafford 3-12 0-0 6, Cameron Engstrom 3-8 3-4 9, Adam Johnson 2-3 0-1 5, Austin Sievers 1-1 0-0 3, Ethan Schutter 0-0 0-0 0, Cameron Derouin 0-0 0-0 0, Grant Gardner 0-0 0-0 0, Adam Elkins 0-0 0-0 0, Mason Gay 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-44 7-11 49.

Linton-Stockton 16 9 14 19 -- 58

South Knox 9 8 15 17 -- 49

3-point field shooting -- Linton-Stockton 3-5 (Fougerousse 2-4, Fulk 1-1), South Knox 6-12 (Welton 2-3, Houchin 1-3, Burke 1-1, Johnson 1-1, Engstrom 0-1, Scott 0-1, Gay 0-1). Rebounds -- Linton-Stockton 23 (Fougerousse 10), South Knox 18 (Scott 5). Steals -- Linton-Stockton 7 (Karazsia 2, Fougerousse 2), South Knox 8 (Houchin 4). Blocks -- Linton-Stockton 4 (Karazsia 2, Fougerousse 2), South Knox none. Turnovers -- Linton-Stockton 13, South Knox 11. Total fouls -- Linton-Stockton 14, South Knox 20. Fouled out -- Welton. Technical fouls -- none. Junior varsity -- Linton-Stockton 43, South Knox 35.

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