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Senators shock South Central by 13

The 1A apple cart took quite a tumble in the opening round of the sectional tournament last week, with six of the Top 10 teams in the class not making it out of the sectional round.
Among the upsets was No. 4-ranked South Central, which was clipped by West Washington in the Orleans Sectional semifinal on Friday, 68-55.
The same two teams squared off last year in the Springs Valley Sectional Championship game, with South Central scoring the victory, 53-45.
Despite a huge height advantage, the Rebels (18-5) were soundly thrashed on the boards, 39-21, thanks in large part to 6-9 senior Aaron Vaught and 6-7 senior Brian Mercer being in foul trouble. Coupled with outstanding field goal shooting in the first half (14-23) and just four turnovers, it’s easy to see that West Washington was hardly intimidated by South’s lofty ranking.
South drew first blood by knocking down its first two shots, but West Washington (14-10) countered and was able to knot things up at 13 by the first stop when senior Brandon Brough dropped home a goal at the buzzer to tie it.
In the second period, “Dub-Dub” used a full-court press to rattle the defending sectional champions and opened up a seven-point lead at the half, 35-28.
A 10-3 explosion by the Senators to start the second half pushed the lead to 45-31 and by the end of the period, South stared at a 53-41 deficit.
The Rebels tried to rally and got within four, but could get no closer after that.
Clayton Owsley paced the Senators with 18 points and Ronnie Ragains chipped in with 15. Tyler Zink scored nine as well for the winners.
Rounding out West Washington’s scoring line was Morgan Conrad with seven points, Brough scored five, Dylan Conrad had seven, Tyler Alexander put in a lone point and Lance Stroud added six.
South Central, which suffered its only loss to a Class 1A team all season, was led by the 14 points and four three-pointers by junior guard Brad Mercer. Older brother Brian Mercer scored 10, Vaught had eight, Kevin Kendall played a good floor game and wound up with six points, as did Ben Hanus. Jared Wilkerson scored five points in his career finale, Deavon Wiseman came off the bench for four points and Brent Wilkerson scored two in the loss.
n Orleans (21-3), ranked No. 3 in Class 1A and the highest ranked team remaining in the class, held off West Washington on Saturday to win its own sectional, 68-61.
Richie McCracken put in 23 points and Travis Gilstrap added 20 for the Bulldogs, which scored their first sectional title since 1999 and seventh overall.
Ragains scored 23 points with six three-pointers for West Washington in the losing cause.
Orleans advances to Saturday morning’s Loogootee Regional to square off against Madison Shawe (11-12) at noon.
Loogootee (18-6) plays Tecumseh (15-10) in the 10 a.m. game.