SC muscles past rival, takes SAC lead
After fighting to an 11-11 tie through one period of action, South Central’s girls basketball team turned up the tempo in the second quarter of last night’s rubber match against Lanesville and easily handled its rival in a 55-40 victory in Elizabeth.
The win by South snapped a three-way tie for first place with Lanesville and New Washington and gave the hosts their second win in three tries this season against their adversary.
Lady Rebel senior Samantha Troutman scored nine of her game-high 18 points in the pivotal second period, where her club rallied from a 13-11 deficit to take a 24-13 lead with 3:53 remaining.
Later, after Lanesville (8-5, 2-1 S.A.C.) pulled within six points, 24-18, with 2:56 left in the second quarter, South Central (9-6, 3-0 S.A.C.) was able to pull down rebounds on three straight trips to the charity stripe. Sophomores Sarah Yelch and Kaela Orwick came down with the key boards, which resulted in additional free throws by both and a triple by Troutman.
Troutman sank two free throws and Lanesville’s Heather Schaefer hit for her only basket of the game at the buzzer to give the Lady Rebels a 31-20 halftime advantage.
‘We thought Lanesville would try and control it more. I thought we started out fairly quick but we got into playing their game. In the second quarter we got the tempo a little bit quicker and that’s how we have to play,’ South Central coach Randall Schoen said. ‘That rebounding deal was something that usually happens to us. That was big. Yelch had two of them and that was a big key for us. I thought there in the first half we had a couple of chances to blow the game open and weren’t able to do it.’
Lanesville got just six shots off in the third frame, where the hosts were able to push the advantage to 45-27 heading into the final period.
The Lady Eagles got no closer than 15 points the rest of the way.
‘We held (Brittany) Schoen to two threes in the second half and Troutman didn’t have but one in the second half. That’s exactly what we were hoping for. If you are going to do something to beat this team, you can’t do anything better than that. We just beat ourselves,’ Lanesville coach Tim Coomer said. ‘It’s gut check time for this team. We started out with a decent record, but we’ve lost three out of four and right now we don’t have the mentality and the desire out there. South Central has our number and intimidate us so bad they took us out of the game in one spurt.’
South Central kicked off the contest with a 6-0 lead on baskets by Troutman and Megan Zumar.
Maegan VanHoose sandwiched a pair of threes around a triple by Schoen to set the score at 9-6. Valerie Burnette scored inside for the Lady Rebels, but Lanesville’s Samantha Haines had a deuce and banked home a three to knot the game at 11-all at the end of one.
Allison Horton put in two of her seven points to start the second period, but that would be start a four-minute dry spell for the visitors.
Schoen had a deuce and a triple that was followed by a two-pointer by Kaela Orwick and a pair of twos by Troutman.
Johnson hit a three to end Lanesville’s skid and bring her team to 22-16.
That’s when South’s rebounding took over and sparked the team to its halftime run.
‘I know South’s got a good team and I don’t mean to take anything away from them, but these last two meetings against them, we’ve been beating ourselves. Every time you turn the ball over, they are going to score,’ Coomer said. ‘We’re going to have to reach down and find something. I want kids out there who are going to be mentally tough. If it takes four freshman out there, that’s what I’ll do. I’m not waiting. I’m going to have the right mixture out there come tournament time. There’s too much talent that we have that’s going to waste.’
After Troutman, Schoen scored 13 and Zumar put in six. Orwick added five points.
South Central wound up shooting 22 of 56 overall and 5-14 from three-point land. The Lady Rebels out-rebounded Lanesville, 39-33, while forcing 25 turnovers.
Lanesville, which was paced by the 13 points by Haines, 10 by VanHoose and seven from Horton, hit 12 of 40 shots, including 5-13 on threes.
In the middle two quarters, the Lady Eagles shot just 4 of 21
South returns to action on Thursday against Crawford County while Lanesville tries to right its ship next Tuesday against Corydon.