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SC goes 4-1, Lanesville 0-5 at Tip-Off Tourney

SC goes 4-1, Lanesville 0-5 at Tip-Off Tourney
SC goes 4-1, Lanesville 0-5 at Tip-Off Tourney
South Central's Courtnai Boone (42) kept the ball out of the reach of Lanesville's Erin Rothrock at last Thursday night's matchup in the inaugural Tip-Off Tournament at Clarksville High School. The Lady Rebels shook off poor shooting to defeat their county rival, 50-39. (Photo by Alan Stewart)

After getting off to a perfect 4-0 start to the season, South Central’s girls basketball team fell flat on its face against a surging Providence squad in the final game of Saturday night’s inaugural Southern Indiana Tip-off Tournament, 77-43.
The week-long, 8-team round-robin got underway last Tuesday night at Clarksville and Providence High Schools and kicked of three evenings worth of pool play. The best and worst of each four-team pool squared off against each other on Saturday to determine the overall champion. In all, each team played five games.
Both South and Providence waltzed through pool play with unblemished marks and advanced to the final with a victory on Saturday morning to set up the championship.
The Lady Pioneers (5-0) raced off to a 12-0 lead in the opening quarter and 20-7 heading into the second set. Providence continued to take it to South Central (4-1), opening a 20-point lead with just under two minutes left in the half. Providence led 38-20 at halftime.
The hosts picked up where they left off with another 10-2 run in the opening minutes of the second half to take a 48-22 advantage.
South never recovered.
“We got a hotel room down there after the first game and I don’t know if that had anything to do with it or what, but we were overly flat against Providence,” South coach Randall Schoen said. “We didn’t do a whole lot of anything right. We probably should have come out of the press but that’s more my fault than anything. I just felt like it helped us come back a couple of nights earlier and against Providence, it didn’t.
“The nice thing is that we get them down at our place in a couple of weeks and I think the girls feel like they have something they want to prove.”
Providence’s Katie Coulter scored 25 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor. She also converted all nine of her free-throw attempts. Brittany DeSpain had eight points, seven rebounds and five blocks.
The Lady Rebels were led by junior Rachel Dixon, who scored 13 points with three triples. Rikki Abbott added eight points, Samantha Troutman and Shannon Bruner scored six apiece and Courtnai Boone and Abby Knear both garnered four points each. Rachel Brown added two.
The all-tourney team was announced after the game. The team consisted of Alicia Hatter (Henryville), Carrie Uesseler (Lanesville), Amy Hill (Austin), Anna Eaglin (Shawe), Heather Branham (Clarksville), Kendra Stumler (Charlestown), Abbott and Dixon (South Central), and Coulter and Jill Andres of Providence. Santanna Brown of Providence was announced as tournament MVP.
Lady Rebels trip
upset-minded LHS

In what could be the first of four meetings this season between the two clubs, South Central squeaked out an 11-point win over county rival Lanesville, 50-39, in the second round of the tournament.
The teams battled neck and neck through much of the game with the Lady Eagles finally being put away in the fourth quarter on South’s proficiency at the free throw line.
“I thought that once we broke their press a few times and got some easy buckets that it set the tone for the rest of the game,” Lanesville coach Tim Coomer said. “We fed off that and got some big stops. We didn’t shoot the ball real well, which hurt us, but I thought the girls did a really good job against a really tough team.”
The Lady Rebels shot 19 of 53 for the game while Lanesville hit 15 of 54 attempts.
After trading baskets in the early going, South’s Courtnai Boone had an old-fashioned three to give her team a 9-6 lead in the first, which ended with the team still ahead, 15-10.
Carrie Uesseler had a short jumper to kick off the second quarter, but Lanesville never got closer than three points for the rest of the half, trailing 26-21 at the intermission.
Heather Phillips bombed a trey two minutes into the second half with Rachel Dixon answering on a three-ball of her own. Back on Lanesville’s end, Brittney Ridge connected from downtown to bring her team to within two, 29-27.
South’s Ashley Koons and Lanesville’s Ridge both netted a pair of free throws to keep the game tight before Abby Knear put together a 4-0 run of her own, giving the Lady Rebels a 35-29 advantage. Lanesville never answered.
Uesseler had nine points to lead, Ridge had eight and Phillips finished with six. Erin Rothrock pumped in eight points as well as having a good floor game on the night.
“She’s really dedicated herself this year,” Coomer said. “She’s really come along in the tournament and I’m thrilled to death for her. She just goes out and does her thing, which is help the team in every way she can.” Freshman Amanda Picente finished up with four points on the night. For South Central, Dixon scored 16 on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor. Abbott scored eight, Boone had seven and Bruner scored six.

CHS crumbles
against South, 68-38

South Central looked like world beaters in a 68-38 win over Clarksville, which actually led, 10-7, at the end of the first quarter.
From there the Lady Rebels exploded on the host team on 15 of 28 shooting in the second half to pull away.
South’s leading scorer in the game, junior Rachel Dixon, had two free throws in the first half and didn’t swish her first field goal until the 5:15 mark of the third quarter. Sophomore teammate Shannon Bruner and freshman Samantha Troutman both finished 14 points.
Clarksville had turned it over 40 times, South Central 36. The hosts never recovered from 4 of 26 shooting in the second half as Heather Branham led all scorers with 21 points. Candace Bain added 10 points and led Clarksville in rebounding with eight.

Tourney highlights: Rachel Dixon scored 24 points against Austin with Courtnai Boone adding 14 … Freshman Amanda Picente led Lanesville in scoring in its 58-43 stumble against Clarksville. She picked up 10 points … It took an overtime period for Austin to knock off Lanesville, 56-49 … Three players hit double-figures for the losing Lady Eagles: Carrie Uesseler (12), Brittany Ridge (12) and Amanda Picente (15) … ” Our youth came though on Saturday,” Lanesville coach Tim Coomer said. “We weren’t rebounding and everything we were doing right in the first three games just came apart on Saturday. I don’t know if it was fatigue or what. But we were a completely different team. We just didn’t react to the situation.” … Dixon netted her season high against Charlestown in the tourney semifinal with 26 points. She had just four points in the first half … South Central trailed 11-1 before rallying to hold a 14-11 lead after first quarter of its win over Charlestown … SC collapsed in the second quarter, being outscored 13-2, and bounced back with a 23-13 outburst in the third period to race off to the win.