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Shorter twins lead Sullivan past North Central

Photo by B.J. HARGIS: Sullivan junior Gracie Shorter, left, faces guards North Central senior Averi Davidson during a county girls basketball battle on Tuesday at Farmersburg.

FARMERSBURG — The Shorter twins combined for 46 points to lead visiting Sullivan to a 69-53 victory over North Central in a high school girls basketball game on Tuesday night.

Sullivan improved to 11-5 while North Central had its three-game losing streak snapped, falling to 9-8.

Gracie Shorter scored 11 of her game-high 24 points in the first half. Delainey Shorter scored 16 of her 22 as Sullivan outscored NCHS 37-28 after halftime.

The duo, who combined to average 31 points per game, also teamed up for six rebounds, three blocks, nine steals and three assists.

“The Shorter’s were the difference in the game,” said North Central coach Joey Davidson. “You know coming into a game against Sullivan that you are going to have to keep them from getting easy looks in the paint.

“Even though they both hurt us, Sullivan had some other girls that stepped up. The (Brionna) Perkinson girl also hurt us (seven points and six rebounds).”

Sullivan coach Julie Meeks said it was nice to see Delainey and Gracie both have good offensive games on the same night.

“It was good to get both of them going,” she said of the Shorters. “Gracie had a really good first half and Delainey got it going in the second half.”

Sullivan only committed seven turnovers compared to 13 assists. 

“At times, we have struggled with taking care of the basketball,” said Meeks. “Tonight we were able to make the extra pass which results in some easy looks.”

Katie Jones finished with a double-double for the Ladybirds. She had 11 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.

“Jones had a great game,” said Meeks. “She plays hard and uses her body and blocks out well. She caused us problems on the boards.”

North Central trailed 32-25 at intermission, but fell behind 48-33 after three.

“We kept it around a 10-point game until the fourth quarter,” said Davidson. “I was pleased with the way we competed.”

Both teams ended up with 39 rebounds. Avery Wiltermood led Sullivan with 10. Klaire Williams had eight points and six rebounds before fouling out.

For North Central, Averi Davidson scored 15 points to go with four rebounds, three assists and one steal.

Sullivan returns to conference play with home games against West Vigo (varsity-only) at 6 p.m. Friday and a makeup game with Northview (JV starts at 1 p.m.) on Saturday.

“We have some important conference games coming up,” said Meeks. “West Vigo is scrappy, but that is a winnable game.

“Northview is a really good team.”

North Central will play at White River Valley on Saturday, starting with the JV at 1 p.m.

SULLIVAN (69) — Delainey Shorter 10 1-1 22, Alexis Grindstaff 0 0-0 0, Kyla Perkinson 1 0-0 3, Brionna Perkinson 2 2-2 7, Avery Wiltermood 2 1-2 5, Jocie Wible 0 0-0 0, Parker Mischler 0 0-0 0, Lauren Craighead 0 0-0 0, Gracie Shorter 9 5-6 24, Klaire Williams 4 0-0 8, Kate Ridgway 0 0-0 0. Totals 28 9-11 69.

NORTH CENTRAL (53) — Lilli Gaines-Schimmel 1 0-0 2, Averi Davidson 5 3-5 15, Makenzy Haviland 2 0-0 4, Katie Jones 5 1-5 11, Ally Compton 3 1-4 7, Kimber Ladson 4 3-3 14. Totals 20 8-17 53  

Sullivan 17 15 16 21 — 69

North Central  7 18  8 20 — 53

3-pointers — Sullivan 4 (D. Shorter, G. Shorter, B. Perkinson, K. Perkinson), North Central 5 (Ladson 3, Davidson 2). Fouls — Sullivan 16, North Central 13. Fouled out — Williams. Rebounds — Sullivan 39, North Central 39. 

Assists — Sullivan 13, North Central 8. Steals — Sullivan 10, North Central 4. Turnovers — Sullivan 7, North Central 15. Blocks — Sullivan 4, North Central 7.

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