South Central rolls at Holiday Tourney, again
For the sixth time in the seven-year history of the traveling holiday tourney, South Central’s girls basketball team came away with the victor’s trophy after dispatching short-handed Lanesville, 50-31.
The championship was South Central’s sixth in a row, after Eastern captured the first title.
Sophomore Brittany Schoen scored a game-high 25 points and drained four three-pointers in the championship game. Guard Karen Deaton and forward Kaela Orwick each added six for the Lady Rebels.
South Central (8-2), which is ranked 10th in the latest Class 1A poll, raced out to a 15-5 lead in the first quarter and held a 10-point advantage at the half. The Lady Rebels maintained the lead throughout the contest to come away with the win.
‘We really jumped out on Lanesville and never really let them up,’ South coach Randall Schoen said. ‘To their credit, even without VanHoose they stayed with us in the second half.’
Lanesville, which fell to 5-5 on the season, was without the services of star senior Maegan VanHoose and classmate Jessica Schmelz, who had been in a car accident earlier in the week.
With those two out, the Lady Eagles relied on senior forward Allison Horton, who came through with 16 points and nine rebounds.
Horton was 6-17 from the field and hit 4-6 at the line for her total.
Beth Glomb scored eight points and had three steals, and teammate Heather Schaefer marked three steals and three blocked shots to go along with seven rebounds.
To get to the championship, South Central trounced Henryville, 64-36.
The Lady Rebels started fast, opening up a 21-2 lead by the end of the first quarter.
The lead was 37-15 at the half, but South added to that by out-scoring the Hornets 18-6 in the third period.
For the Lady Rebels, Schoen scored 23 points en route to the tourney’s M.V.P. title.
Orwick added 10, Jenna Kingsley scored eight, Candice Cartwright scored seven and Justine Huffman and Sarah Yelch chipped in five apiece.
Lanesville slugged Borden in the opening round, 57-36.
Horton finished with a triple-double, notching 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 steals. Schaefer scored 14 and had six steals, and Glomb put in 11 points.
Rounding out the all-tourney team from Harrison County were South’s Orwick and Sarah Pease, and Lanesville’s Horton and Brittany Johnson, who had 10 rebounds in the win over Borden.