The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

High School Sports

February 12, 2014

Argylls stun Tigers with second-half rally

ELWOOD — An often forgettable season for the Madison-Grant girls basketball team produced one of the program's most remarkable postseason moments Wednesday.

Bethani Herniak hit a free throw with 7.8 seconds remaining to provide the winning margin, and the Argylls erased a 22-point halftime deficit to stun Alexandria 43-42 in the first round of Class 2A sectional play.

"There's nobody else on our team I would want there," first-year Madison-Grant coach Chaz Barker said of Herniak's presence at the free-throw line in the final seconds. "She's a senior, and she's been through the highs and lows of varsity basketball. There's nothing she hasn't seen."

Except, perhaps, for the second half against the Tigers.

Madison-Grant (3-17) entered the postseason on a six-game losing streak, with its most recent victory coming on Jan. 14. The Argylls lost to this very Alexandria team 66-57 just five days earlier, and things began to look very bleak for the rematch midway through the first quarter.

Trailing 7-5, the Tigers (5-16) exploded for a 25-1 run that gave them a commanding 30-8 halftime lead. Alexandria's pressure defense harassed Madison-Grant into 18 turnovers, including 12 in the second quarter when the Argylls were held without a field goal.

Madison-Grant shot just 3-of-16 overall, while the Tigers used efficient ball movement to put six players into the scoring column.

"Honestly, that first half of basketball, that's as well as we can play," Alexandria coach Tina Bolte said.

The second half fell into the opposite end of the spectrum.

Barker looked at the long faces surrounding him in the locker room at intermission and issued a challenge.

"If you don't believe we can come back from this, stay in the locker room," he said. "We want to have girls out there that believe in what we're doing."

Text Only
High School Sports
  • Lions star plays in national tourneys Liberty Christian senior Chris Nunn, a three-year starting guard for the Lions and Indiana Class Basketball Junior All-Star, took his talents on the road this summer,competing in back-to-back tournaments with his AAU travel team, Team Progeny.

    July 28, 2014

  • Riddle again steps down as Frankton coach

    For the second time in a storied coaching career at Frankton High School, Dean Riddle has resigned his post as the girls varsity basketball coach.

    July 26, 2014

  • Pay for South Madison soccer coaches under review An ad hoc parent group wants the South Madison Community Schools board to consider raising the stipend for Pendleton Heights High School soccer coaches.

    July 21, 2014

  • SPT - HB0720 - Mireles art Mireles looks toward future after all-star finale Surrounded by his friends and family near midfield under the lights of Friday night, Elwood’s Sammy Mireles did something he’s never done in his career. The state’s all-time leading rusher freely absorbed a hit.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0715 - Mireles art Mireles leaning toward joining Ravens The next big play record-setting running back Sammy Mireles makes could be at Anderson University.

    July 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0712 - Morgan Nadaline art Nadaline's storied junior career concludes Morgan Nadaline's junior golf career came to an end Friday when Rachel Johnson sank a birdie putt on the fourth playoff hole to win the Indiana Section Junior PGA Championship at Honeywell Golf Course in Wabash.

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0710 - Brady Cherry art THB Baseball Player of the Year: Lapel's Brady Cherry The hardest part of the 2014 season for Brady Cherry might have been living up to his own legend.

    July 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0709 - Weins art Weins aids Eagles' bonding process

    Contrary to popular belief, sometimes numbers do lie. Logan Weins surrendered nine hits and seven runs in the final start of his high school career — a sectional championship loss against Class 2A state champion Wapahani — and nobody argues those figures. But they don't tell the whole story.

    July 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - AOTY - softball - Benefiel 3 Repeat for Benefiel

    It might not have been the season that she envisioned, but it was a mark worth honoring.Pendleton Heights’ Bailey Benefiel put up some spectacular numbers and earned the nod as The Herald Bulletin’s Softball Pitcher of the Year — repeating the award she also won a season ago.

    July 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - AOTY - softball - Noone 2 Noone as in No-one better It is hard to imagine how Elwood's Jessie Noone could have had a better senior season individually than the one she posted this past spring.

    July 4, 2014 1 Photo

Latest Sports Photos

Click here to browse and buy photos from The Herald Bulletin