Posted on

SC’s team beats Attica’s individual

Twenty-eight games down; one to go.
South Central’s girls basketball team is just 32 minutes away from a state championship after upsetting No. 5-ranked Attica 54-47 in the Class 1A semi-state at the Southport Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon.
The Lady Rebels (23-5) face off against Lafayette Central Catholic (17-10) at 10:36 this Saturday morning at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Coming into the semi-state, South head coach Randall Schoen said his two main focuses on defense were to shut down Attica senior point guard Dee Ann Rayburn and try to control sophomore sensation Brittany Rayburn.
Lady Rebel sophomore Brittany Schoen drew the defensive assignment on the senior Rayburn and completely shut her down: the Lady Rambler came into the game averaging 14.5 points and was held to just three.
Brittany Rayburn scored 28 points and had to earn every one as she was double-teamed most of the afternoon.
She shot just 6-of-30 from the field after scoring 20 of her team’s 25 first-half points.
‘I thought we had her wore down in the first half and then she sort of got a second wind and came back a little bit in the second quarter,’ Coach Schoen said. ‘But late in the game her shots were really flat and I felt like the press had finally got to her. She had to handle the ball so much that she was just worn out.’
The two clubs swapped possessions to start the game, and less than a minute into the scoreless game, Schoen called a time-out.
‘I just wanted to tell the girls to settle down a little bit and remember to do what we had practiced all week,’ he said. ‘I wanted them to get settled into the game.’
Dee Ann Rayburn scored the first points on a goal inside. Older sister Brittany tacked on two more with a runner in the lane.
Brittany Schoen knocked down a three, but Brittany Rayburn countered with a pair of treys around a jumper by Kaela Orwick.
Trailing 10-5, a steal and lay-in by Schoen, a bucket by Jenna Kingsley and a free throw by Schoen knotted the affair.
Brittany Rayburn scored inside again, but Schoen finished the opening quarter with a deuce and a trey for a 15-12 South Central lead.
The Lady Rebels’ Karen Deaton scored on a putback at the 6:58 mark, but South would hit just two more field goals the rest of the half.
During the dry spell, Attica briefly retook the lead with 3:56 left on a pair of tosses by Brittany Rayburn.
The Lady Ramblers stretched the advantage to 24-19 with 2:45 left, but South rallied to tie it at 25-all on free throws by Schoen and Justine Huffman.
In the final few ticks of the half, Lady Rebel freshman Kayla Money came down with an important rebound and was hacked.
While she missed the two foul shots, she kept the ball out of the hands of Attica to keep the game at 25-25 at the intermission.
The third quarter was the turning point of the affair.
Orwick scored, followed by a goal by Pease. Brittany Rayburn tacked on a deuce, but was countered by baskets by Schoen, Deaton and Orwick.
With 5:23 left and his team trailing 35-27, Attica coach David Baxter was forced to call a time-out.
South went on to lead after three, 38-31, then pushed the mark to 11 on a free throw by Sarah Yelch and a triple by Schoen.
Attica’s Kylie Troike scored her only points of the game in the final eight minutes, with a three-pointer at the 2:54 mark bringing the Lady Ramblers back to within four, 45-41.
Pease scored a free throw to make it a five-point affair, but fouled out 51 seconds later.
Two seconds after that, Kingsley fouled out.
‘I didn’t think we were going to lose,’ Pease said later. ‘We were still playing pretty good. I was just mad at myself because I didn’t think I fouled (Brittany Rayburn). I got called for a foul twice when she was shooting a three, and I didn’t touch her.’
With 1:49 showing, Brittany Rayburn converted two free throws to set the score at 46-43.
Candice Cartwright found Orwick under the goal and then Dee Ann Rayburn fouled out on a hack on Schoen, who hit two free throws.
Cartwright hit a single for a 52-43 lead and with 55 seconds left, Orwick scored the final points of the game from the charity stripe.
‘It wasn’t until 55 seconds were left that I really felt like we had it won,’ Coach Schoen said. ‘Even if we missed every free throw the rest of the way, I felt like it was in the bag for us.’
Neither club shot particularly well from the foul line: South was 17 of 34 (50 percent) while Attica went 16 of 27 (59 percent).
The Lady Rebels were 17 of 54 (31 percent) from the field and 3-of-18 (17 percent) on treys.
Despite a distinct height difference, South Central out-rebounded Attica, 47-42.
Attica, which coughed up the ball 19 times while forcing just 15 South turnovers, shot 12 of 53 (23 percent) from the field and 3-of-22 (14 percent) on threes.
Schoen finished with 25 points, Orwick had 10, Pease put in five, Deaton and Kingsley each scored four, Yelch put up three, Huffman had two and Cartwright scored one.
After the Rayburn sisters, Troike had seven points and Suzanne Shirley added five in the losing effort.