Independence splits with Butler

Trinity Thompson shots over two Butler defenders. (Ron Morris)
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On Tuesday night the Independence varsity basketball teams faced off against their arch rival the Butler Bulldogs in Southwestern 4A Conference basketball games that were hosted by the Independence Patriots.

Women’s Game

Butler 64, Independence 53

On Tuesday night Butler’s senior Michaela Lane had a big night for the Lady Bulldogs in handing the Lady Patriots their first conference loss of the 2019-2020 season.  The loss moved Myers Park into first place at 4-0. The Lady Patriots and the Lady Bulldogs are tied for second place with a 3-1 record.

Indy’s Braylyn Milton puts up a runner against the Lady Bulldogs. (Ron Morris)

Lane scored her game high 21 points mostly in the paint hitting 6-of17 from the field and 9-of 16 from the charity stripe.  Payton Aboutaleb and Ashlynn Dotson both reached double figures in points with 16 and 13, respectively.

With the game tied early at 3-3, Butler hit a two point basket at the 3:41 mark to take a 5-3 lead.  Indy’s Ayanna Anderson put the Lady Patriots back in the lead on an offensive rebound and a score to make the score 6-5 with 2:45 remaining in the first quarter.  Trinity Thompson scored with 57 seconds left to give Indy an 8-5 lead at the end of the first quarter.

At the 6:44 mark of the second period, Butler retook the lead 9-8.  On Indy’s next possession Trinity Thompson scored on a baseline 3-pointer to make the score 11-9 Independence.

After the Lady Bulldogs moved back on top 12-11,  Trinity Thompson created a turnover and drove to the basket to make the score 13-12 Indy.  But the Lady Bulldogs answered with back-to-back 2-pointers to take a five point lead 18-13.

With 31 seconds remaining in the first half, the Lady Bulldogs had created a 10-point lead at 29-19.  But as the half was coming to an end, the Lady Patriots cut the lead to 7-points, and Butler took a 29-21 halftime lead.

Trinity Thompson shots over two Butler defenders. (Ron Morris)

The Lady Bulldogs started the second half on a 9-0 run to make the score

38-23 at the 5:07 mark of the third quarter.

The Lady Patriots got on the board at the 4:51 mark on a Trinity Thompson baseline jumper to make the score 38-25.  Butler answered with a field goal and scored two from the charity stripe to take a 42-25 lead.

With 3:35 remaining in the period, Trinity Thompson scored on a baseline 3-pointer.  After the goal, the Lady Patriots were whistled for a technical foul.  The Lady Bulldogs took full advantage of the technical foul.  They made both of the free throws and scored on the inbounds pass to take their biggest lead 46-28.

With 2:59 left in the third period, the Lady Patriots went on a 16-0 run.  Laura Flynn got things going on a field goal 46-30.  After Trinity Thompson scored from the baseline 46-32, Gracie Breckenridge scored in the lane to make the score 46-34 with 1:17 showing on the clock.

At the 27 second mark, Trinity Thompson created a Butler turnover and was fouled.  She made both of her free throws to make the score 46-36, and with three seconds left, Alex Barrino scored on a layup to make the score 46-38 at the end of the third period.

The Lady Patriots’ run continued in the final stanza.  Gracie Breckenridge cut Butler’s lead to 6-points 46-40 on a baseline jumper.

With 6:56 remaining in the game, Butler sent the Lady Patriots to the charity stripe on three different occasions.  Ayanna Anderson picked up a foul and made 1-of-2 to make the score 46-41.  Trinity Thompson followed and hit only one of her shots cutting into Butler’s lead 46-42.  With 5:20 left in the game, Ayanna Anderson went to the line and cut Butler’s lead to two points 46-44.

At the  4:44 mark, the Lady Bulldogs hit a field goal to make the score 48-44.

With 4:34 left in the game, Indy’s Braylyn Milton cut the score to one point 48-47 on an old fashioned 3-point play.  This would be as close as the Lady Patriots would come as the Lady Bulldogs went on a 7-0 run to make the score 55-47 with 2:55 remaining in the game.

With an eight point lead and time running out, the Lady Bulldogs spread the floor and forced the Lady Patriots to foul giving them a 12-point lead 59-47 with a 1:34 left to play.

The Lady Bulldogs continued to hit their free throws and moved out to a 13-point lead 64-51 with 20 seconds showing on the game clock.

With 10 seconds left in the game, Braylyn Milton scored in the lane to make the final score 64-53.

Trinity Thompson led the Lady Patriots with 24 points.  She had 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 4 steals.  Ayanna Anderson added 11 points, pulled down 5 rebounds, had 1 assist and 2 steals.  Braylyn Milton scored 8 points, had 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocked shots.  Laura Flynn scored 4 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and had 2 assists.  Gracie Breckenridge added 4 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 blocked shots.  Alex Barrino finished with 2 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, and 2 blocked shots.

Butler                5  24  17  18  –  64

Independence  8  15  15  15  –  53

Men’s Game

Butler 41, Independence 55

In the men’s game, Butler had jumped out to an 11-4 lead half way through the first quarter.  At the 3:59 mark, Indy’s Omarion Bodrick scored on a dunk followed by Jalen Hinton scoring on a baseline drive to make the score 11-8.

Nygell Verdier got Indy within one 11-10, but with 1:07 left in the period Butler nailed a 3-point basket and the Bulldogs were back up 14-10.  However, with 30 seconds left in the period, Indy’s Jalen Hinton nailed a 3-pointer of his own to make the score 14-13 at the end of the first period.

Nygell Verdier goes to the basket in Indy’s win over the Butler Bulldogs. (Ron Morris)

At the five minute mark of the second quarter,  Indy’s Anthony Allen gave the Patriots their first lead 17-15 on a drive down the middle of the lane.  Landon King added a Patriot basket.  Then Camren Little hit back-to-back 3-pointers, and Indy was up 25-17.

With 1:22 left in the half, Landon King was fouled and made both of his free throws. With 53 seconds remaining in the period, Jalen Hinton made a free throw, and Indy was up 28-17.

With 24 seconds to go in the half, Butler scored on a 2-point basket, and Indy took a 28-19 halftime lead.

At the start of the second half, the Bulldogs went on a 9-0 run to tie the score 28-28 with 5:49 showing on the game clock.

With 2:27 left in the third period, Indy went on a 6-0 run of its own.  Omarion Bodrick started the run on a baseline drive.  Four seconds later, Anthony Allen created a Butler turnover passing to Omarion for the two-handed dunk to make the score 32-28.

Indy’s De’Drick Givens was fouled with 1:57 left in the period.  He went to the line and made both of his foul shots to make the score 34-28.

After a Butler field goal, Anthony Allen scored in the lane and was fouled.  He made the free throw, and the Patriots were up 37-30 with 1:32 left in the quarter.

With a minute left, Omarion Bodrick made 1-of-2 from the line.  With 24 seconds remaining, Anthony Allen forced a turnover and scored to make the score 40-30 as the third quarter came to an end.

As the final period got underway, Butler scored five quick points to cut Indy’s lead to five at 40-35 with 7:02 remaining in the game.  But at the 6:56 mark, Anthony Allen passed to Camren Little for the layup.  Then Jalen Hinton scored to make the score 44-35.

Indy’s Anthony Allen scores on a layup. (Ron Morris)

With 5:38 left, Landon King hit a little runner to give the Patriots an 11-point lead.  At the 4:51 mark, Camren Little gave Indy a 48-35 lead.  Then with 4:09 remaining, Little came up with a loose ball and scored to make the score 50-35.

Butler went on a 6-0 run to make the score 50-41 with 2:26 left in the game.

In the last 90 seconds, the Patriots scored the last five points of the game.  Tachai Miller made 1-of-2 from the line.  Anthony Allen scored on a field goal and Jalen Hinton went to the line and made two free throws to make the final score 55-41.

The victory gives the Patriots a strong hold on first place at 4-0 in the Southwestern 4A Conference.

Jalen Hinton led the Patriots with 10 points.  He had 2 rebounds and 1 steal.  Anthony Allen, Camren Little, and Landon King score 9 points each.

Allen had 3 rebounds, 5 assists, and 6 steals.  Camren had 1 rebound and 4 steals. Landon grabbed 2 rebounds and had 3 steals.  Omarion Bodrick scored 7 points and had a team high 14 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocked shots.  De’Drick Givens added 6 points and pulled down 8 rebounds.  He had 2 assists and 1 steal.  Nygell Verdier had 4 points and 1 rebound.  Tachai Miller added 1 point, 1 rebound, and 2 assists.

Butler                 14    5  11  11  –  41

Independence   13  15  12  15  –  55

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