Third-quarter run sends Bears past Millers

ABOVE: Noblesville’s Jordan Schmidt scored 10 points for the Millers in their Tuesday game with Lawrence Central at The Mill. Schmidt had two 3-pointers in the game. BELOW: Jaron Youree made a crucial 3-pointer for the Millers in the first quarter. (Kent Graham)

By RICHIE HALL
Reporter Sports Editor
A tough third quarter from Lawrence Central sent Noblesville to a Tuesday night loss at The Mill.
The Millers fell to the Bears 70-42. Noblesville kept pace with LC in the first half, but the Bears turned up the heat to open the second half, outscoring the Millers 23-7 in the third quarter.
“It was the start of the third that really put us behind the eight ball,” said Noblesville coach Brian McCauley.
The Millers got off to a nice start, with Eagan Keever-Hill hitting a 3-pointer for the game’s first basket. Noblesville led for most of the first quarter, with Ryan Barnes making a couple baskets and Jaron Youree’s ‘3’ putting the Millers ahead 10-6.
Lawrence Central led a couple times in the first, but Keever-Hill ended the quarter as it began, nailing a 3-pointer. That put Noblesville up 15-14.
The Millers still led 21-19 midway through the second period, helped out by a ‘3’ from Xavier Hines. The Bears took the lead after that, but Noblesville was still within 26-23 at halftime.
But Lawrence Central controlled the third quarter right from the start. Nijel Pack hit a 3-pointer and D’Andre Davis made a layin, and the Bears’ lead quickly became 31-23.
“It went from three to eight in two possessions, and that was the backbreaker,” said McCauley.
Jordan Schmidt’s 3-pointer got the Millers back within five, but LC scored the next seven points to go up 38-26. The Bears’ lead steadily increased for the remainder of the game.
Ryan Barnes led Noblesville with 12 points.
“He was solid,” said McCauley. “He did a nice job of posting strong and finishing around the basket well.”
Schmidt finished the game with 10 points; he joined Keever-Hill in making two 3-pointers. Hines had five rebounds.
The Millers are now 9-11 for the season. Noblesville will host Avon on Friday in a Hoosier Crossroads Conference game that will also serve as the Millers’ Senior Night.
In a schedule change, Noblesville’s game at Zionsville will now be played at 7 p.m. next Tuesday, Feb. 20, in a varsity-only contest. The game was to be played on Saturday, but was moved because the Eagles’ girls basketball team will compete in the semi-state that afternoon.

Lawrence Central 70, Noblesville 42
Noblesville FG FT TP PF
Jaron Youree 2-4 0-0 5 1
Jordan Schmidt 3-9 2-2 10 2
Eagan Keever-Hill 3-7 0-0 8 2
Xavier Hines 1-6 1-3 4 0
Ryan Barnes 5-10 2-4 12 2
Alex Hancock 0-0 0-0 0 1
Alex Hunt 1-1 1-2 3 2
Brendan Fisher 0-0 0-0 0 0
Evan Wilson 0-0 0-0 0 0
Jordan Gadis 0-0 0-0 0 0
Totals 15-37 6-11 42 10
Score by Quarters
LCHS 14 12 23 21 – 70
Noblesville 15 8 7 12 – 42
Noblesville 3-point shooting (6-15) Schmidt 2-5, Keever-Hill 2-3, Hines 1-5, Youree 1-1, Barnes 0-1.
Noblesville rebounds (14) Hines 5, Keever-Hill 2, Fisher 1, Schmidt 1, Hunt 1, Barnes 1, Hancock 1, team 2.

ABOVE: Noblesville’s Jordan Schmidt scored 10 points for the Millers in their Tuesday game with Lawrence Central at The Mill. Schmidt had two 3-pointers in the game.
BELOW: Jaron Youree made a crucial 3-pointer for the Millers in the first quarter. (Kent Graham)

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