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Lady Rebels befuddle Lanesville, again

Lady Rebels befuddle Lanesville, again
Lady Rebels befuddle Lanesville, again
Lanesville's Brittany Ridge grimaced as she made contact with Rachel Brown of South Central while bringing the ball up court during last Wednesday night's hoops contest. (Photo by Alan Stewart)

Same two teams, different venue, same result: Round II of the South Central-Lanesville girls basketball matchup tipped off last Wednesday night in Elizabeth.
The first of three regular-season meetings between the two schools, back on Nov. 8 in the inaugural Tip-Off Classic, was won by the Lady Rebels, who shook off poor shooting to trip upset-minded Lanesville, 50-39.
Last week the No. 9-ranked (Class A) Lady Rebels struggled from the floor again but had no trouble in dispatching the visitors, 62-48.
South (6-1) trailed once early in the game after a basket by Erin Rothrock with 7:04 showing. However, Lady Rebel senior Rachel Brown scored on a bucket and a free throw to give her team a lead it would never relinquish. Teammate Rachel Dixon tacked on a pair of free throws with Abbie Knear and Ashley Koons closing out the quarter with a 9-2 lead for South.
Lanesville (2-7) was a measly 1-10 on field goals while South went 3-11 from the floor in the period. The two clubs combined for 16 total turnovers.
The Lady Rebels pushed the lead to 17-7 after a bucket by Dixon and a free throw by Rikki Abbott; however, Lanesville rallied on a Brittany Ridge three-ball, the first basket of the season by Shelby Acton (leg injury) and two frees from Carrie Uesseler. Lady Eagle bombardier Heather Phillips hit one of her three threes on the night to bring the score to 22-18 with 1:52 left in the half. South went on a 7-2 run to lead at the intermission, 29-20.
“I didn’t feel like we were doing as well as we could have, even though we had the lead and I challenged the team to step up their play a little bit in the second half. We weren’t shooting any kind of percentage and still had a nine-point lead. I felt like if we got after it a little bit better, we could take control of the game,” South Central coach Randall Schoen said.
Schoen’s half-time message sparked the team so much that the Lady Rebels made a 14-0 run to start the second half and never looked back. Cortnai Boone started the streak with an old-fashioned three, followed by a Dixon steal and lay-in, another Boone bucket, another old-fashioned three by Dixon, and a three-ball and free throw from Abbott.
Lanesville freshman Amanda Picente slowed the Lady Rebel Express with a three-pointer, but South posted five more points on a Dixon basket and a Shanon Bruner three for a 48-23 lead.
It was a mountain the Lady Eagles were never able to fly over.
Round III between the two clubs takes place Jan. 8 at Lanesville, with South hosting Providence and Crothersville this Friday and Saturday and the Lady Eagles going for a revenge win over Henryville on Thursday night at home. The Lady Hornets tripped up a Ridge-less Lanesville club in the Tip-Off Tournament a few weeks ago.
“The game was just too physical for us tonight,” Lanesville coach Tim Coomer said. “We were being pushed and shoved everywhere, and weren’t getting calls. My girls aren’t used to that kind of basketball, and it showed tonight. I can’t blame the officials for us shooting so poorly, but when we’re being slapped and tripped, it’s hard to hit a basket.”
For South Central, Dixon had 21, Abbott 15 and Brown eight. Boone capped the night with five points, freshman Samantha Troutman had four, and Bruner three.
Ridge had 11 to lead Lanesville with Picente and Phillips both adding nine apiece. Uesseler had seven points and Acton finished with three in her season debut.
The Lady Rebels scored the win by hitting 20 of 56 from the floor, including four of 17 on three-pointers, and 18 of 24 from the charity stripe. South outrebounded the visitors, 39-34, and committed 20 turnovers.
Lanesville hit just 15 of 55 shots and went 13 of 19 from the stripe. Five of 19 three-point tries found their mark. The Lady Eagles fumbled the ball 23 times.

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