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SC claims SAC title

On Saturday afternoon South Central’s girls basketball team hushed its pre-season doubters.
Despite the loss of the program’s all-time leading scorer, Rachel Dixon, the Lady Rebels rolled through the Southern Athletic Conference to claim the league title with a perfect 5-0 record.
South was 5-0 in last season’s run for the championship, too.
To do it, the Lady Rebels bested Borden on Saturday afternoon in Elizabeth, 61-42.
While the score appeared a bit lopsided, the Lady Braves ‘ the last SAC team to beat South Central two years ago ‘ rallied from a 27-19 halftime deficit to take a one point lead in the third quarter. The hosts bounced back and led by one heading into the final eight minutes, 39-38.
South (15-6, 5-0), ranked 12th in the latest ICGSA Class 1A poll, then outscored the visitors 22-4 to post the monumental victory. That included a perfect 9-9 effort from the foul stripe for the winners.
‘Nothing’s coming easy any more,’ SC coach Randall Schoen joked. ‘I don’t know if its because other teams are really stepping up for us or if we’re not quite as good as I thought we were.
‘Seriously, we were really flat there for a while, but we didn’t buckle, didn’t panic and got back to doing what we were doing earlier in the game and we pulled away.’
Senior Rikki Abbott hit a pair of threes and finished with 18 points and junior Samantha Troutman put in 15 for the Lady Rebels.
Sophomore Sarah Pease added nine, senior Melissa Biesel scored seven and Shannon Brunner tacked on six. Jennifer Babcock, Brittany Tuell and Lindsay Haag all scored two apiece.
Borden (9-10, 2-3), which was 5-1 from the foul line, was led by Lindsey Cook’s 12 points. Sarah Book scored 10 and Sarah Allen had nine.
South Central closes out the regular-season tomorrow night (Thursday) at Salem.
Lady Eagles corral New Washington
Lanesville’s girls team forced New Washington into 28 turnovers and rolled past New Washington last week, 55-45.
After going up 17 points with five minutes left in the game, the Lady Eagles (8-9, 3-1 SAC) pulled their starters.
‘The game got slowed down a little bit and was more to New Washington’s tempo, but I thought our girls did a really nice job for us,’ Lanesville coach Tim Coomer said.
Allison Horton followed up her 12-point night against Orleans with 11 points against New Washington.
Maegan VanHoose had three assists and six rebounds, Brittany Johnson scored six points and had six boards and Samantha Haines added seven points in the winning effort.
New Washington (5-12, 1-3) was led by Kinder’s 15 points.
The Lady Eagles, which locked up second place in the conference, gear up for the New Washington Sectional by playing three games in five days: they defeated visiting Providence last night, 57-43, travel to Restoration Christian for a make-up game on Thursday and then close out the regular-season against conference opponent Crothersville on Saturday.