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End of the road

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Morristown senior Logan Theobald gives senior teammate Logan Laster a hug Saturday before Laster checked out of the Yellow Jackets' regional game with Greenwood Christian.
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Morristown senior Kameron Crim grabs a rebound on Saturday during the Martinsville Regional.

By KRIS MILLS - kmills@shelbynews.com

MARTINSVILLE — For 27 games, Morristown took everyone’s best shot. As the defending Class A state champs, a target was planted on the Yellow Jackets’ backs from the start.

The end of the road for this group, however, was in Martinsville. After earning a repeat title at the Southwestern Sectional last weekened, No. 8 Morristown fell to Greenwood Christian 65-55 Saturday in the opening game of the Martinsville Regional.

Holding a 45-43 lead after three quarters of play, the Yellow Jackets were outscored 22-10 in the fourth. GWC finished the fourth quarter 6 of 9 from the field and 10-for-11 at the free throw line to seal the postseason win.

Morristown (22-5) finished its season winning 14 of its last 16 contests. The current senior class, including Logan Laster, Kameron Crim and Logan Theobald, finished their careers with three county, one conference, two sectional and one state championship. The group won 79 games in four seasons.

“(They did it) with first class and as terrific role models,” MT head coach Scott McClelland said of his seniors.

Laster finished Saturday's regional game with a team-high 23 points and seven rebounds. Theobald added nine points and sophomore guard Kyle Crim had six (two threes).

No. 11 Bloomfield, which defeated No. 12 Indianapolis Metropolitan 49-43 in the second semifinal Saturday, held of Greenwood Christian for a two-point win (52-50) in the nightcap for the regional title. Bloomfield will play No. 2 Barr-Reeve, the team MT beat last season in semistate action, in the Washington Semistate this weekend. Top-ranked Ft. Wayne Blackhawk and Central Catholic will play in the other Class A semistate at Elkhart.

Laster, who finished the game 9 of 13 from the field and had 15 points at the break, picked up his third foul in the third quarter, which limited his aggressiveness the rest of the way. He kept Morristown within striking distance in the fourth quarter after Greenwood Christian’s run, however, with a three to make the score 60-53 with 35 seconds left on the clock. The Yellow Jackets trailed by just six, 56-50, with 1:05 to play but committed a costly turnover. That seemed to be the theme of the final frame as Morristown simply could not get over the hump. 

The Yellow Jackets committed 16 turnovers Saturday while the Cougars totaled nine.

Morristown’s bench played well in the loss. Junior Matty Livezey hit two mid-range jumpers to finish with four points and sophomore Sawyer Jones totaled five points, including a 3-pointer in the final quarter of play.

In the first half, GWC led 16-14 after one quarter but could not keep up with the Yellow Jackets in the second. Morristown led 33-26 at halftime thanks to an 11-2 run to begin the quarter. 

The Cougars, who came out of halftime in a triangle-and-two defense, started the third quarter 3 of 3 from the field to climb back in the game. McClelland called a timeout with his team up 35-33 as the Yellow Jackets held strong for the remainder of the period. Theobald hit a three at the end of the frame, which gave MT the aforementioned two-point lead heading into the pivotal fourth quarter.

After the loss, McClelland thanked the Morristown faithful for their support.

“Thank you to an amazing group of parents, students, community and cheerleaders who have supported us every night,” he said. “Not many programs get to play for a fan base as supportive as you have been. Your energy, effort and enthusiasm is incredible.”

Kris Mills is the Sports editor of The Shelbyville News. Follow Kris on Twitter @KrisMills37.

Morristown vs. Greenwood Christian

Martinsville Regional

Final Score: Greenwood Christian 65, Morristown 55

Player of Game: MT senior Logan Laster (23 points, 7 rebounds)