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Host Indians take two of three from Thayer

Thursday, December 18, 2008

CONTROLLING THE PAINT: Couch's Blake Martin blocks a shot against Thayer Dec. 12. Photo/Looney
It might have been Couch vs. Thayer on the hardwood at the Tribe's stomping ground Dec. 12, but off the court it was Couch and Thayer united for a very worthy cause.

Different organizations and individuals from the two schools and communities came together for a chili supper, along with a bake sale auction between the girls' junior varsity and varsity games, all to raise money for the Risner family, who recently suffered a total home loss in a devastating fire. The pie/cake/cookie auction raised over $4,000 for the family.

On the court, in a very physical game, the JV Lady Indians outmuscled Thayer to start the evening with a win for Couch.

In girls' varsity action, Couch made it two wins in a row over Thayer this year with a 32-28 victory.

The Lady Indians had height, patience and confidence on their side, while the Lady Cats came out cold to start the game.

Couch managed to keep Thayer off balance long enough to grab a 22-20 lead for the home red-and-white at intermission.

The Lady Cats continued to struggle on offense in the second half and as the final seconds ticked off the clock, the home team emerged with a 32-28 win.

Next up was the varsity boys, with Couch looking to make it a three-way sweep on the night.

But late on this full moon Friday night down Highway 142 East, the visitors ended the slate of games with a 35-30 win.

The starting lineup for the 4-1 Indians outsized the Bobcats' starters across the board, plus Couch is a veteran, well-seasoned group.

The Bobcats controlled the opening tip, although Luke Martin's shot bounced off the glass. However, Jacob Eckman put the rebound back up and in to get Thayer on the board first.

The Indians passed the ball around the outer perimeter of the Bobcats' 1-3-1 zone defense for almost two minutes before throwing the ball out of bounds to come away with no points.

Defense on both sides of the court was tough, and with under one minute left in the first, you might have thought this was a baseball game, as the Cats led the Indians 5-4.

As the final three seconds ticked off the clock, Couch's Josh Carter laid in a good shot to put the Indians on top 6-5 after one. Couch, down by four, got the ball back with 12 ticks left in the half.

Eddie Meier fired up a 3-pointer that was just off the rim as the buzzer sounded, leaving Thayer in front 13-9 at intermission.

Late in the third, Cody Roberts fired in a trey for the Indians, then picked up a steal and drilled another one from 3-point land to even the score at 21-all after three.

Josh Carter nailed a shot from the baseline to put the Indians back on top to start the final quarter.

But Justin Ship drained one from the corner, moving the Bobcats ahead by one.

Roberts knocked down a 3-pointer for the Indians, knotting the score at 26-all with 3:15 remaining on the clock. Then, Carter kissed one off the glass to give the Indians a 28-26 lead.

Thayer worked its way back in front by two late in the game.

The Indians, with only two team fouls, could not foul to stop the clock, but Zain Hopper stole a Thayer inbounds pass and called timeout with under a minute left to play.

The Indians fouled three times within nine seconds to stop the clock and put Thayer in the bonus.

Eckman hit the front end of a one-and-one, putting Thayer on top 33-28.

Blake Martin got loose under under the basket for two points for Couch.

One second ticked off the clock before the Indians foul, sending Eckman back to the line, where he hit one of two free throws.

Couch had a chance to tie with a trey, but Lance Schneider striped the ball and dashed to the other end for a layup and a trip to the free throw line, staking Thayer to a five-point lead.

The Indians fired up a 3-pointer at the buzzer, but the shot missed, leaving Thayer with a 35-30 victory over Couch.

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