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Cloverdale ends season for Raiders

By DAN HARNEY - For The Courier-Times

GREENFIELD — The state title dreams of the Shenandoah High School boys basketball team ended Saturday afternoon in the semifinals of Class 2A Regional 11 at Greenfield-Central High School.

The Raiders, who trailed Cloverdale by 20 points at halftime, turned in a gutty second half performance to trim the Clovers’ lead to 59-57. On at least three occasions Shenandoah put up shots that would have tied the contest, but they would not fall.

The Raiders left it all on the floor, but Cloverdale had much Moore. Jalen Moore that is. Moore scored a game-high 40 points to lift Cloverdale to a 66-61 victory.

Shenandoah, riding a 10-game win streak and playing as well as any 2A team in the state, got a rude awakening in the first quarter. Shots it normally hit did not fall.

The Raiders concentrated their defensive efforts on stopping the high-scoring Moore. They held him to five points, but other Clovers stepped forward. Parker Watts hit two three-pointers and Jacob Wilkes tossed in nine points. Shenandoah got two three-pointers from Chase Kinsey, but he had little offensive help and the Raiders trailed 22-10 after one period.

The Raiders picked up the scoring pace in the second quarter. Four Raiders combined to score 16 points, paced by seven points from Jordan Starks. It was not enough to keep them from falling even further behind.

Moore exploded for 21 of the 24 points Cloverdale scored in the second period. A buzzer-beater tip-in from Kaden McCollough left the Raiders trailing 46-26 at halftime.

As bad as the situation seemed, it would have been completely out of character for the Raiders of Coach Dave McCollough to throw in the towel. They made some defensive adjustments at halftime and came out determined to begin the slow climb back.

Shenandoah clamped down defensively, limiting the Clovers to one and done possessions. Fueled by a 10-point quarter from Chase Kinsey, the Raiders outscored the Clovers 15-4 to cut the deficit to nine points at 50-41 with three minutes to play in third.

The teams traded free throws to keep the margin at nine points with 2:40 remaining. The Clovers scored the final five points of the period to extend their lead back to 14 points at 57-43 heading into the final frame.

The Raiders weren’t done, but were just getting started. Andrew Bennett and Braydin Myers led the charge. Bennett hit a three-pointer, Myers scored inside, and Bennett scored back-to-back, the second basket another three-pointer that capped off a 10-0 Raider run.

Free throws from Moore at 3:06 sent the Cloverdale lead back to 59-54. Myers hit a free throw and seconds later Jordan Starks delivered a conventional three-point play to slice the Clover lead to 59-57.

The Clovers, who did not score a field goal in the final period, made 9-of-12 free throws to keep the Raiders at bay. Shenandoah had three different opportunities to tie the game, but each time the shots would not fall and the Clovers pulled away from the free throw line.

Raider Head Coach David McCollough was candid after the game. “We made some defensive adjustments at halftime,” McCollough said, “and that got us back in the game. When we got back to within nine in the third quarter I felt pretty good. We had opportunities to tie the game in the fourth, but the shots wouldn’t fall. When you are down by 20, it would be easy to lose by 40. We expended a lot of energy to come back. If we could have tied the game, who knows what could have happened, but we just could not get over the hump.”

McCollough went on to talk about his seniors. “My kids chose not to quit and a lot of that came from our senior leadership. We are losing some great kids. Braydin (Myers) and Chase (Kinsey) have both played for three years and have been a part of a lot good things. Jordan (Starks) moved into the lineup last year and has done a great job. Joe (Huff) and Dylan (Frost) are quality kids who have given us quality play. They will be difficult to replace. I will miss them all.”

Chase Kinsey scored 18 points to lead Shenandoah. Andrew Bennett added 17 points and Jordan Starks tossed in 12. The Clovers got 11 points each from Jacob Wilkes and Parker Watts.

Jalen Moore led all game scorers with 40 points. Moore’s outburst put him in the IHSAA history books.

He became only the fifth player in IHSAA history to score 1,000 or more points in a single season. He joins David Shepherd 1,079, Steve Alford 1,078, George McGinnis 1,019 and Trevon Bluiett 1,000. Moore finished the game with 1,003.

In the opener Indianapolis Scecina came back from a 10-0 deficit to start the game to take a 56-42 victory over Union County. Manuel Brown, a 6-1 junior, scored a game high 30 points including seven three-pointers to lead the Crusaders. Cameron Donovan lead the Patriots with 13 points.

Cloverdale 66, Shenandoah 61

SHENANDOAH (61)

C. Kinsey 6-11 3-4 18, Huff 0-2 0-0 0, J. Starks 5-7 2-2 12, McCollough 2-3 0-0 4, Myers 3-11 1-3 7, P. Starks 1-4 1-1 3, Frost 0-0 0-0 0, J. Kinsey 0-0 0-0 0, Bennett 6-9 2-2 17. Totals 23-47 9-12 61.

CLOVERDALE (66)

N. Kelley 0-0 0-0 0, Winders 1-2 1-2 3, Watts 4-8 0-0 11, Wilkes 4-6 1-2 11, J. Kelley 1-3 0-0 2, Sims 0-0 0-0 0, Moore 10-17 18-21 40. Totals 20-36 20-25 66.

Shenandoah 10 16 17 18 — 61

Cloverdale 22 24 11 9 — 66

3-point goals – Shenandoah 6 (Bennett 3, C. Kinsey 3), Cloverdale 6 (Watts 3, Moore 2, Wilkes). Rebounds – Shenandoah 20 (Myers 7), Cloverdale 22 (Wilkes 9). Total fouls – Shenandoah 22, Cloverdale 16 (Fouled out Winders). Turnovers – Shenandoah 12, Cloverdale 10. Records Shenandoah 21-5, Cloverdale 21-6.