SC stumbles late in two games
South Central’s Rebel mascot made a surprise appearance during halftime of the school’s game against Springs Valley on Saturday night. Reaching into his giant, fuzzy hat, the old man ‘ dressed as Santa Claus ‘ threw handfuls of candy into the sparse crowd and bringing smiles to the faces of all who collected his treats.
Unfortunately for the hosts, the evening’s foul shooting wasn’t nearly as sweet. In fact, it was downright sour.
The Rebels went just 10 of 24 (41 percent) from the charity stripe, which eventually led to the club’s 57-53 setback to Valley.
South, which dropped to 1-3 on the season, was coming off an equally tough 57-55 loss to Christian Academy on Friday night.
‘Right now, we’re our own worst enemy,’ Rebels coach Greg Robinson said. ‘We get upset at ourselves and dwell on it and it leads to more bad plays. If something goes wrong, we’ve just got to get over it. I’m not sure there’s a drill you can do to counter that, though.’
In Friday’s setback to the Warriors, South Central had a six-point lead with three minutes to go.
‘We played like we were six behind with some of the shots we put up and with some of the things we did,’ said Robinson.
Trailing by three with 45 ticks left, South sophomore Cody Jobe drilled a three to knot the contest at 55-all.
At the other end, the Warriors converted with a four-foot jumper with four seconds left that proved to be the game-winner.
Saturday’s affair was just as tough on the Rebels, who shot 20 of 46 from the field.
‘When Valley went to a zone, that shook us a little bit. We looked like we weren’t playing with a confidence and we didn’t recognize things. We made a couple of turnovers in a row when we had the lead and I think that shook us. Our kids just kind of deflated,’ Robinson said. ‘We need to win a game like this, where we have a team rattle us and answer to rattle them back. I was thinking at the very end of the game, that if we had won Friday maybe we would have won this one.’
The Rebels got 22 points from senior Chad McRae, who fouled out with four minutes left in the game. Cody Jobe put in 11, Kyle Cook added 7, Cody Simpson scored six and Cory Reecer tacked on five in the loss.
Robinson said none of his players took charge when McRae left the game with fouls.
‘The kids we had out there I think are capable of doing that, but nobody stepped up to be more aggressive. That’s obviously a concern,’ he said.