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SC splits weekend; Dixon hits for 43

It was a topsy-turvy weekend for South Central’s girls basketball team.
On the up side, senior guard Rachel Dixon threw down seven three-pointers in Saturday’s 74-31 win over Crothersville and finished with a career-high 43 points. The final total set a new single-game record at South, breaking the old standard of 40 that was held by Becky Bruner.
“I think overall, the girls did a good job of running to Rachel and getting her open,” Lady Rebels coach Randall Schoen said. “Once she got close to the record, the girls did a good job of getting the ball and getting shots.”
Samantha Troutman added seven points, Abbie Knear had six and Rikki Abbott five in the win.
One night earlier, it was a slightly different story.
It’s often been said that beating a team three times in a season is tough to do, however that would be a hard sell to Providence fans.
The Lady Pioneers posted their third win over SC, 62-51.
Providence and the Lady Rebels faced off twice in the Southern Indiana Tip-Off Classic early last month. The 3A school won both times by 26 and 22.
“We really got off to a terrible start with them,” Schoen said. “We should have come in loose and relaxed and ready to play but we really struggled that first quarter.”
Providence outscored South 13-4 and led at the half, 28-15. From there, however, South bettered Providence by one point.
The Lady Rebels were 20 of 26 at the charity stripe.
South Central cut the deficit to five with three minutes to go in the game, but could get no closer.
Dixon wound up with 28 points and was a perfect 15 of 15 at the foul line while Troutman tallied 10 points. Shannon Bruner finished with six points.
For the winners, Sara Gavin scored 24, Brittany DeSpain had 14 and Santanna Brown notched 11.
South Central faces off against North Harrison tonight (Wednesday) and then travels to Henryville on Saturday.
“If Rachel can get 43 against North, we might have a shot,” Schoen joked. “They give us so many matchup problems with their “big three.” Every year we’ve concentrated on (Kim) McMillin and (Tara) Miller and Liz Geltmaker goes crazy on us. You can’t concentrate on everyone. Everyone on the floor will have to step up and play great.”

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