South rallies in un-foul-gettable fashion
The final tally after last night’s intra-county battle between South Central and host Lanesville: South 53, Lanesville 48, fouls 56, free throws 71.
Yes, the game was that stinky.
The Lady Rebels (12-2, 3-0 Southern Athletic Conference) held Lanesville (6-7, 1-1) without a field goal for almost 10 minutes at the start of the affair, leading 11-4 at the first stop.
Somehow, South frittered away the lead and trailed by two at the half and by seven with 6:34 left in the game.
But it gets crazier.
Lanesville was 21 of 37 on free throws for the night and could have won easily had a few fallen. Of course, South Central wasn’t much better with a mark of 20-34 at the foul stripe.
The Lady Rebels’ Sarah Pease, Brittany Schoen and Karen Deaton were all in foul trouble, but in another bit of absurdity, not a single South Central player fouled out, while two for Lanesville ‘ gunners Maegan VanHoose and Allison Horton ‘ were served an early exit.
When the smoke finally cleared and the head scratching was finished, it was South Central that had won its 17th game in the last 18 meetings against Lanesville.
Those 18 meetings have come in the last five years (an average of 3.6 meetings per season).
‘That’s just Lanesville-South Central for you,’ Lady Rebel coach Randall Schoen said. ‘Man, it was an ugly game. We have to be smarter on the floor. Sarah got three fouls in the first quarter and we can’t have that. She has to be on the floor for us.
‘I thought we could regroup and get back to the way we can play. We didn’t do it.’
Schoen, Kaela Orwick, Jenna Kingsley and Sarah Yelch gave the visitors an 11-0 lead, with VanHoose and Beth Glomb each dropping in two free throws apiece to set the first quarter score.
In the second period, Schoen picked up her third foul with 5:38 left and didn’t return for the rest of the half.
Lanesville took advantage by going on a 13-4 run to the intermission and led, 22-20.
The Lady Eagles led by five, 28-23, midway through the third stanza, but Pease sparked a comeback by her club, with led 29-28 on a basket by Kingsley.
Lanesville quickly regained the point and led by two heading to the final quarter, 34-32.
Following a deuce by VanHoose and a free throw by Horton, Schoen went on a personal eight-point run to tie the game at 40-all.
Yelch scored on a lay-up, which was followed by two free throws by Glomb.
In what proved to be the knockout blow, South’s Karen Deaton scored her first points of the game on a trey. Lanesville would get to within two, but never got closer the rest of the way.
As atrocious as the final foul shooting numbers turned out to be, it actually saved the evening for South: the Lady Rebels were 11 of 15 in the final eight minutes.
Schoen finished with 19 points, followed by nine from Yelch, seven from Pease, six by Kingsley and five each for Orwick and Deaton.
South was 15 of 48 from the field and 3-15 on threes. Rebounds ‘ of which there were plenty ‘ were tilted slightly in favor of South, 41-40.
The Lady Eagles were 12-44 from the field, including 0-9 in the first period and 4-10 in the second, and hit 3-14 from downtown.
‘We had some bright spots tonight,’ Lanesville coach Tim Coomer said. ‘We brought in some jayvee kids early when we got into some foul trouble and at that point I thought it was going to be a blowout. Instead, they kept us in it and and wound up taking the lead.
‘You can look at our free throws and say if we had hit them, things might have been different, but if we’d done a lot of other things, it could have been different, too.’
Lanesville got 14 from VanHoose and 12 from Horton. Brittney Barnickle added seven and Heather Schaefer and Beth Glomb chipped in six apiece.
Rather than be frazzled over the poor foul shooting, Coomer said his club can take a few things from the setback.
‘Now we know we can play with (South) and maybe that will pay off somewhere down the road,’ he said. ‘Also, losing the game late should teach us that we have to be patient on offense.’