Sectional snoozers: SC, NH girls cruise
In three previous meetings between South Central and Lanesville, the Lady Rebels won by an average of just 10 points. Last night, highly-favored South was able to reach that figure by halftime in the first game of the Class 1A Orleans Sectional.
Junior guard Rachel Dixon shook off an ankle injury in the second quarter — which briefly took the gunner out of the game — and broke loose for a game-high 19 points as she led her team to a 62-41 thrashing of the Lady Eagles.
South Central (17-7) advances to Friday night’s semifinal to play Springs Valley (10-11) in the 6 p.m. match-up, with Medora to take on West Washington at about 7:30.
Valley defeated Orleans last night in the second game, 42-27, behind 10 points from Heather Wilson and an eight-point, 13-rebound effort by Stephanie Cox.
“I thought we came out a little tight, especially after Lanesville hit a three to start off the game,” South Central coach Randall Schoen said. “We wanted to come out in a zone defense to kind of surprise them a little bit and boom, they hit that and we lost our focus for a little bit.”
Both teams showed some sectional jitters in the first quarter, where Lanesville took a 7-4 lead on baskets from Erin Rothrock and a triple to open the game by Shelby Acton. South’s Rikki Abbott, who was fighting a bad case of the flu, buried a long-range bomb with 1:50 left in the period and Dixon followed with back-to-back buckets to set the final score at 11-7 in favor of the Lady Rebels.
Dixon went down at the 6:59 mark of the second period while attempting a put-back. She came down awkward on her left ankle and was forced to the sidelines.
“You hate to wish anything like that on a player, especially Rachel since she’s such a nice kid,” Lanesville coach Tim Coomer said, “but when that happened we thought maybe we might have a shot. She didn’t sit out too long and she came back and killed us.”
Lanesville, which shot a measly 2-19 (10.5 percent) from the floor in the second period, didn’t have much time to capitalize as Dixon sat out just over one minute before returning to the court and erupting for nine points to the intermission, including a buzzer-beating trey from the left corner.
“(Dixon) came back in on a mission,” Schoen said. “That was the first injury she’s really ever had and I think it scared her a little bit. I knew she was going to be okay though when she got over to the bench and said that she wanted to go right back in.”
Lanesville (7-17) never recovered from its 5-32 shooting in the first half as South cruised to the win.
The Lady Eagles, which were out-rebounded, 50-39, were led in scoring by senior Erin Rothrock, who tallied 11 points. Fellow senior Brittany Ridge had nine, Heather Phillips bagged two threes late to score six and sophomore Shelby Acton put in five. Carrie Uesseler was credited with four, Amanda Picente had three, Sarah Rivers put in two and Brittany Mix hit one free throw.
“We were a step behind all night,” Coomer said. “We missed a lot of easy shots. I thought we played well in the first quarter, but in the second we missed many shots that could have kept us in the ball game. We just kept digging ourselves deeper and deeper into a hole. It was just one of those games where I didn’t know what else to do. By the time we did hit something, we were pretty much history.”
South Central shot 26-68 from the floor (38.2 percent). Filling out the remainder of the scoring for the Lady Rebels were: Cortnai Boone with 10, Shannon Bruner and Rachel Brown both had eight, Abbott finished with five, Samantha Troutman put in three and Abbie Knear and Ashley Koons both notched two apiece.
“Boone did a good job for us in the second half while playing with three fouls. She was a real force for us inside and was very aggressive. If she continues to play like that, we’ll be all right.”
NH whips Creek
North Harrison, picked by some experts to be the favorite to win the Class 3A Corydon Central Sectional, took the first step in that direction last night with a 22-point thrashing of Silver Creek, 64-42.
The Lady Cats (18-3) were thoroughly out-rebounded, 43-25, however they made up for it by taking care of the ball: North had just six turnovers on the night and only one in the second half.
On top of leading all scorers with 21 points in the win, North junior guard Kim McMillin eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for her career as well, becoming just the sixth player in Lady Cat history to top 1k.
North Harrison started the game with a 9-5 lead after one quarter of play. In the second set, both teams got their offense in gear as the Lady Cats posted 26 points, including12 from McMillin and nine of Tara Miller’s 15.
The Lady Dragons’ Tuesday Shepard kept her team in it with eight second-period points.
North outscored Silver Creek (11-10) 29-23 in the second half to pull out the win and advance to Friday’s 6 p.m. semifinal matchup against Madison (6-15), which defeated Providence, 65-56, following North’s victory.
The Lady Cats lit the nets for 50 percent shooting, hitting 28 of 55 attempts from the floor and a sizzling 7-13 on treys. Silver Creek hit just 18 of 52 tries (34.6 percent) and drained only two of 16 from three-point land. The Lady Dragons didn’t help themselves any at the free throw line and they shot a lethargic 4-15 (26.7 percent).
After McMillin’s 21, Liz Geltmaker carded 14, Miller had 15, including 13 in the first half, Lindsay Shroyer came through with six, Rachel Cannon scraped together four points and Amanda Hecker and Andrea Langemaat both added two apiece.
Shepard led her team with 15 points, Rhodes scored 11 and Allison Jackson and Branda Grangier scored six apiece for the Lady Dragons.