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Troutman, Dixon thwart LHS upset bid

Troutman, Dixon thwart LHS upset bid
Troutman, Dixon thwart LHS upset bid
South Central sophomore Samantha Troutman drove the lane in the second half of Wednesday night's game against rival Lanesville. (Photo by Alan Stewart)

For a quarter and a half last Wednesday night in Lanesville, the host Lady Eagles showed plenty of firepower and led rival South Central, 23-21, with three minutes left to go in the first half.
Then, whatever fuel was used to power Lanesville’s offense, suddenly ran out as the visiting Lady Rebels closed the quarter on a 12-0 run and never looked back in their 68-41 victory.
South sophomore Samantha Troutman scored 24, including 11 of her team’s 19 points in the first period, and senior All-Star candidate Rachel Dixon finished with 26, despite a slow start.
“Sam was a big boost for us tonight,” Lady Rebels coach Randall Schoen said. “Her defense has to get a lot better, but she definitely stepped it up for us tonight while we were waiting for Rachel to get going. It’s nice having (Troutman) step up to give us a chance. She’s capable of doing that every night.”
Lanesville coach Tim Coomer said with 2:30 to go in the first half, three of his players were tugging on their jerseys, wanting to come out of the game due to fatigue.
“I made a big substitution there with some key players, and we went from being two points up to 10 points down, and from there we started pressing everything,” Coomer said.
“We caught Rachel on an off night to start off with, and we didn’t take very good advantage of that. When she gets off slow like that, you have to really build a lead because you know that she’s going to come back on you. She’s just a tremendous player.”
The game was close through the first quarter, thanks to the efforts of Troutman and a couple of threes by Lanesville’s Joanna Picente and Shelby Acton.
Brittany Mix tied it for Lanesville at 17-17 with seven seconds left, but Dixon hit a runner in the lane at the buzzer for a 19-17 lead.
Maegan VanHoose scored four straight to start the second period, and Acton followed a pair of Troutman frees with a field goal to put Lanesville up, 23-21, with four minutes left.
That’s when the Lady Eagles sputtered.
Dixon scored nine points in the final three minutes to give South a commanding 33-23 lead at the break. Lanesville had a 7-0 run to end the third quarter, but the Lady Rebels put the game away thanks to a 20-7 effort in the final frame.
South, which will hit the road for a twin-bill against Providence on Friday and Crothersville on Saturday, out-rebounded the hosts, 48-37, due in large part to Melissa Biesel. Surprisingly, Lanesville forced 27 turnovers while giving up just 16.
Lanesville shot a frigid 12 of 58 from the floor (20.7 percent), including just 3-22 from downtown, and was 14-23 on free throws. South was 23 of 51 (45.1 percent), 5-18 on threes and converted 17 of 23 charity tosses.

In the jayvee contest, South rallied from a nine-point deficit with just a couple of minutes left to win, 41-39.
Scoring for the Lady Rebels were Jenna Kingsley with 14, Jennifer Babcock had 10, Brittany Tuell had five, Valerie Burnette had four and deuces all around were scored by Sarah Pease, Holly Blessett, Jessica Rinker and Megan Zumar.

A stingy press helped Lanesville (3-4) outscore Perry Central 18-8 in the first quarter and led to a victory over the Lady Commodores on Monday night, 60-52.
Sophomore Amanda Picente scored 22 points with three steals and was 7-12 from the line for the Lady Eagles. Brittany Mix had 11 and Shelby Acton 12 and five rebounds in the team’s third win of the season. Maegan VanHoose tossed in nine points and led Lanesville with seven rebounds.
“Maegan was very aggressive and strong underneath,” Lanesville coach Tim Coomer said. “Her and Mix really did a nice job of being aggressive.”
While the eight-point win was nice, Coomer said, his team’s effort at the charity stripe was horrendous: Lanesville hit just 15 of 39 attempts. Balancing that, however, the Lady Eagles forced 32 turnovers and gave up the ball just 14 times.
Dana Genet had 11 to lead Perry (1-4).
Lanesville opens its Southern Athletic Conference slate Thursday night on the road at Henryville.