Family ties make Attica a tough foe
When South Central won its first-ever regional championship at Loogootee in 2003, it faced off the against No. 1-ranked North Vermillion in the Class 1A Southridge Semi-state the following weekend.
This coming Saturday at the Southport Semi-state, the Lady Rebels won’t face a No. 1, but it will face a team that could have laid claim to the top spot, and a sophomore who receives propositions from Division I schools like most Americans receive credit card offers.
Attica (23-2), which is ranked No. 5 and advanced from the North Daviess Regional, will take on South Central (22-5) at 1 p.m. in the first game of the Southport Semi-state.
The contest will feature two of the top sophomore guards in the state.
Both happened to be named, ‘Brittany.’
South Central offers up guard Brittany Schoen, who averages nearly 20.3 points per game while Attica will counter with Brittany Rayburn, a standout who is averaging 23.9 points, 7.8 rebounds, 5.4 assiss and 3.2 steals.
While their slender build and basketball prowess are the somewhat similar, the height difference isn’t: Schoen stands 5-5 while Rayburn is 5-11.
‘I’ve seen (Rayburn) play on AAU with Indiana’s Finest and there’s no doubt, she’s good,’ South coach Randall Schoen said. ‘Still, I think we match up pretty well with them.’
Attica also offers up Rayburn’s older sister, Dee Ann, who is a scrappy 5-3 guard who averages about 14 points a game.
The sisters account for 71 percent of the team’s scoring.
Other key players for Attica include 5-8 senior Ivy Hurst (1.9 ppg.), 5-6 sophomore Kylee Troike (5.9 ppg.) and 5-10 forward Steffi Rayburn (cousin of Brittany and Dee Ann), who puts in 2.4 ppg.
The Lady Ramblers, who edged No. 3-ranked Bloomfield 66-65 in the regional final and play in the Wabash River Conference, are playing in their first semi-state, while South is playing in its second in four years.
Attica suffered a 38-32 setback to Class 1A Covington (12-10) and a 72-50 thrashing at the hands of Class 3A West Lafayette (13-9) for its only two losses. Attica is one of only two Top 10 teams still standing in its class. South Central is ranked 15th.
Attica shoots 33 percent beyond the arc and just 59.8 percent on foul shots.
The Class 2A south semi-state between Heritage Christian (23-3) and North Knox (23-4) follows the South Central-Attica contest.
Non-reserved tickets are $7 and are available at South Central High School this week or the door.
Doors at the Southport Fieldhouse open at noon.
To get to Southport High School, take I-65 north to Exit 103 (Southport Road). Turn left at the top of the ramp onto Southport Road. Follow Southport Road to Shelby Street (approximately three miles), then turn right (north) onto Shelby Street. The high school is one-half mile on the left.
— There will be a public send-off for South Central on Friday afternoon at 1:30 at the high school. The team will then travel to Southport and practice from 4:30 to 6 that afternoon before retiring at a local hotel.