BASKETBALL: Second-quarter surge lifts Botkins

JACKSON CENTER — The Botkins Trojans varsity girls basketball team crept back to within one game of an even record with a come-from-behind 47-43 win over the Jackson Center Tigers on Saturday at Jackson Center High School.

Trailing 16-12 at the half, the Trojans offense caught fire with 35 points in second half.

“We finally decided to play in the second half,” Botkins varsity coach Don Mack said. “We were kind of lethargic in the first half and we stood around a lot.

“We let them dictate what we were doing offensively in the first half. We got the ball inside a lot better in the second half.”

With the win, the Trojans are now 7-8 overall and 5-4 in the Shelby County League. Jackson Center fell to 6-11 and 4-7.

Christine Johnson scored 14 points to lead the Trojans. Logan Pitts added 12 and Claire McCullough had 11.

Botkins returns to action when it travels to Rockford to take on the Parkway Panthers in a non-league contest at 6 p.m. today.