Dixon’s 40 power South past Crawford County
When South Central senior sharpshooter Rachel Dixon looks at basketball rims, they must appear to be the size of Hula Hoops.
For the third straight game, the All-star candidate bagged six three-pointers last Thursday night as the host Lady Rebels methodically put down Crawford County, 69-56.
Dixon is sixth in the state in scoring at 25.1 per outing. Against Crawford, she finished with 40 points on 10 of 14 shooting at the foul stripe. In her two games previous to Thursday night, Dixon dropped in 30 and 35 against Restoration Christian and Lanesville, giving her an 35 ppg. average in her last three contests.
Sophomore Samantha Troutman put in 13 points, Rikki Abbott notched nine, and Shannon Brunner scored six on a pair of threes.
Abbie Knear was held scoreless, but her head coach, Randall Schoen, said she was a force inside and scored high marks in hustle.
South Central (12-5), ranked 11th in 1A in the latest poll, held just a two-point lead at halftime and extended it to 13 by the end of the third quarter.
The Lady Pack (7-7) clawed to within five with 5:40 left after baskets by Meghan Kelly, Junior All-star candidate Bianca Haverstock, Marlea Riddle and a free throw by Melinda Grote, 51-46.
Dixon and Troutman came to the rescue for the home team with a quick burst of baskets and free throws, with the Lady Pack’s Haverstock kept the game close with three of her team-high 25 points at the 3:15 mark, 61-53.
Dixon scored all of South’s points in the final 2:37 to save the victory.
Schoen said a lack of rebounding in the first half kept the game closer than he thought it should have been.
“Our turnovers and lack of rebounding were killing us. We were trying to thread the needle here and there, and we had to get a little stronger in the paint to put Crawford away,” Schoen said. “In the second half, I thought we did that a little better. They still came back on us and made us work for what we got.”
Crawford coach Hal Pearson said his team has the third-quarter blues this season.
“We’ve sputtered out of the half in several games this season. We just don’t come out in the second half like we do to start the game. Someone has to step up and be a leader when that sort of stuff starts happening,” Pearson said. “We wasted a lot of time pecking on Dixon to try and get a third foul on her, and that was probably the wrong thing to do.
“We had some kids in foul trouble and played almost all of the second quarter with our 7, 8 and 9 kids and stayed right with South. We just lost Dixon way too many times. You can’t lose her.
“Rachel is a great player, and we didn’t have anybody who could guard her. She even banked in a three when they needed one in the fourth early. She’s a great player, and I only wish her continued success wherever she continues to play after high school,” Pearson added.
South was 22 of 42 from the floor, including 9-15 on treys, and was mostly on the mark at the stripe at 16 of 22. The Lady Rebels were out-rebounded by Crawford, 45-39, and committed more turnovers, 20-13.
Crawford was 19-59 on field goals and sank four of 14 three-point tries while hitting 14 of 22 foul shots.
Leading the Lady Pack’s scoring line were Haverstock with 24 with two triples, Riddle with eight, Amanda Benson scored seven, and Kelly and Tori Beaver each scored four.
“We knew we couldn’t hold Haverstock,” Schoen said. “She’s too good of a player. We had to contain and know where she was on the floor at all times. For the most part, I thought we did that, and she still got 25.
“I think she’s the best junior in Southern Indiana, from what I’ve seen.”