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Lady Rebels hold off Lanesville, 48-42

Coming into last night’s home game against rival South Central, Lanesville’s girls basketball team was riding a four-game losing streak and scoring an average of only 40 points an outing. On the plus side, the 3-12 club was only giving up 48 to the opposition.
The Lady Eagles lived up to those numbers almost verbatim as they nearly upset the No. 13-ranked (Class 1A) Lady Rebels in a 48-42 thriller. It would have been the team’s first win over South since the 1999-2000 season.
Lanesville (3-13, 1-2 Southern Athletic Conference) trailed by 10 for most of the first half before finally getting over the hump to take a 33-31 advantage with 3:18 left in the third quarter thanks to a 10-0 run and 10 turnovers by South (13-4, 3-0 S.A.C.). The hosts were out front for the final time when freshman Amanda Picente drained two free throws for a short-lived 41-39 lead. South Central outscored the hosts 9-1 in the final 3:51 to pull out the victory.
The Lady Rebels, which shot 17 of 45 from the floor and was 2-11 on threes, were led in scoring by Rachel Dixon’s 23 points. Dixon was in foul trouble in the second half and came off the bench in the final period to score 10 of her team’s 14 points in the quarter. She also had two assists, seven rebounds and four steals. Allison Hubert and Rikki Abbott both notched six points apiece with Hubert grabbing six boards and Abbott four with two steals and three assists. Shannon Bruner and Cortnai Boone each added four points. Bruner had five rebounds and three assists. Ashley Koons had three points for South and Abbie Knear hit two critical free throws with 1:29 left to make it a two-possession game.
South out-rebounded the hosts, 43-36, but coughed the ball up 28 times to Lanesville’s 16 to keep the game close. The Lady Rebels went 8-10 on free throws in the final period to seal it.
The Lady Eagles, on the other hand, simply could not put the ball in the basket all night. They threw the ball up 53 times and hit just 11 (20 percent), including a 1-12 mark from the three-point line. Things weren’t much better from the charity stripe, where the team could have won the game: Lanesville was 19 of 37.
“We shoot free throws before practice, in the middle of practice and at the end of practice,” Lanesville coach Tim Coomer said. “I don’t know what else you can do. I’m proud that we got to the line that many times and I’m proud that we forced a good team like South Central into that many turnovers, but at some point we had to convert and for the most part we didn’t.”
Picente and Heather Phillips both had 10 apiece for the Lady Eagles. Brittany Ridge scored seven before fouling out with 2:10 left, Carrie Uesseler had five points with nine rebounds and Shelby Acton pulled down eight rebounds with five steals and four points. Sarah Rivers and Erin Rothrock both scored three apiece.