TennisBatesville Varsity defeated Greenfield-Central 3-2.Batesville JV won 8-0.Batesville vs. GC (9-24)Submitted by Batesville Coach Mike McKinney.Cross CountryConnersville Invitational.Boys-South Dearborn places 1st, Batesville 2nd, East Central 5th, and Franklin County 9th.Boys CC Connersville InvitationalGirls-Batesville 1st.Girls Connersville InvitationalSubmitted by Batesville Coaches Tom Barnett and Lisa Gausman.VolleyballBatesville Varsity defeated Rushville 25-17, 25-11, 25-17.Batesville vs. Rushville Varsity (9-24)Batesville JV won 25-14, 23-25, 15-5.Batesville vs. Rushville JV (9-24)Submitted by Batesville Coach Jody Thomas with Max Preps.Jennings County 7th Grade beat Batesville 25-13, 25-6.JC 8th Grade won 25-21, 24-25, 15-12.Submitted by Batesville Coach Jody Thomas.St. Louis 7th Grade won over Jac-Cen-Del 20-25, 25-24, 15-14.STL 8th Grade won 25-18, 21-25, 15-6.Submitted by STL Coach Jill Reidy.FootballBatesville 7th Grade Team victorious against Milan.Submitted by Batesville Coach Tony Gausman.
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Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed LOS ANGELES — Final minute. Lead down to five. The Lakers put the ball in the hands of … Brandon Ingram?If it seems odd that the Lakers didn’t hand the rock to LeBron James down the stretch of every possession late in their 114-113 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, it’s been part of the plan for a while.Everyone knows James, 33, has been clutch in big moments throughout his career, and that’s a big reason that the Lakers were thrilled to sign him this summer. But the coaching staff believes they need a contingency plan. They don’t just want to be a team that leans on James for everything.“Part of what we’re trying to do here is we know LeBron can win games,” Coach Luke Walton said. “And it’s important for us to win games, but we also know where we’re trying to get to. We need other people that are going to step up and make plays.” Except for one game – a runaway win over Phoenix – all of the Lakers’ games have been close so far. The Lakers are just 2-5 in those games, despite posting a positive net rating (plus-6.7) in the 22 minutes of play that the NBA defines as the “clutch,” when the game is within five points in the last five minutes. The problem in many of the games is that the Lakers have been playing from behind, just unable to catch up.Last season, James led the NBA with 4.4 points per contest in “clutch” situations, and the Cavaliers were the third-best “clutch” team in the NBA in terms of outscoring opponents (plus-15.9 net rating). But Walton wants the team to get to a point where opponents have to account for multiple threats who can do damage in the final minutes. James seemed to agree with that premise, saying experience is “the best teacher in life.”Getting to that point is trickier, as Walton found out Wednesday. The Lakers attempted to punch out the Mavericks early in the fourth quarter, as James stayed in the game. Given that the Lakers run at such a high tempo, Walton has previously found spaces for James to rest in the fourth quarter. But given that James started the fourth against Dallas, and the Lakers didn’t successfully pull away, he just stayed on the court.Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersPhilosophically, that’s a sound strategy. In practice, it leads to potentially scary moments like the one the Lakers survived on Halloween night.After watching J.J. Barea’s final shot carom off the rim at the buzzer, JaVale McGee collected the rebound and rolled his eyes as he walked off the court. The former Golden State Warrior might have less tolerance for closer games than most.“I was saying when we came in, can we blow somebody out please?” he said later. “Like we were up a lot.”The Lakers looked destined to roll gently to a win at the 4:16 mark of Wednesday’s game after James hit a running layup to push the lead back to 14 points. But for the remainder of the game, the Lakers missed their last five shots from the field and were just 4 for 8 from the free-throw line. Ingram, James, Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball each got a shot at two free throws in that span, but none of them made both shots at the line.If Barea’s shot had gone in, it would have been the Lakers’ sixth loss of the season. All have come by single digits. Crunch time hasn’t been a particularly strong suit. “I was planning on getting him out in the fourth for a little stretch, get him a little fresher to finish,” Walton said. “But the way the game went, I asked him if he needed one, he said he could finish it, so that was kind of the end decision with that. We needed him on the court tonight to get that win.”The Lakers, as one might expect, are just better with James on the court: Defense, in particular, gets much more dicey when James steps off the floor. So the Lakers kept him in, even if it cost them having him at his most effective in the final minutes: The final two misses were by James (who started the night 10 for 13 from the field) and he lamented that he allowed Harrison Barnes a clean look from the wing at a 3-pointer that made it a one-point game. While he would be the last to admit it, fatigue might have played a role in his final minutes.It’s certainly not perfect, as the close call against the Mavericks will attest. But at least it’s a win, the Lakers said afterward.“I’m always happy about a win,” Ball said. “Obviously we didn’t end the game the way we wanted to. We gotta watch film on it. We gotta keep learning, down the stretch we gotta do better. But like I said, a win’s a win.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers read more