SC girls avenge loss to Austin
Ignited by 16 second-half points by junior guard Brittany Schoen on Saturday night, South Central avenged an early-season loss to Austin.
Playing at a slower pace than normal, the visiting Lady Rebels (12-4) were able to slug No. 11-ranked (Class 2A) Austin on Saturday night, 42-39.
South, which is ranked eighth in the latest Class 1A poll, lost to the Lady Eagles (11-5) in the championship game of the Southern Indiana Tip-Off Classic on Nov. 11, 70-55.
But that outing was a distant memory compared to the latest effort by South.
‘It was big win for us. I thought it was probably the best we’ve played defensively all year,’ South coach Randall Schoen said. ‘We’ve got some injuries and things going on, so it’s been a struggle to find our offense. We went with a little different game plan than the one we had when we played them earlier in the year.’
The Lady Rebels pressed Austin in the first meeting, but laid back and forced the hosts to play a half-court game this time.
‘We weren’t really comfortable with doing that because it’s not our style, but we knew it wasn’t Austin’s style, either,’ Schoen said. ‘We wanted to take away their transition game away and make them score from the half-court set.’
Austin held a 13-9 lead at the end for the first period, but trailed at halftime, 25-24.
The Lady Rebels outscored the hosts by five in the third, then held off Austin in the final eight minutes to secure the victory.
‘We very easily could have lost the game, but we held our ground on the other end of the court,’ Schoen said. ‘Hopefully we’ll be able to get some of the girls healed up and get back to a tempo we like a little more by tournament time.’
Schoen scored 21 in the win and hit three treys. Kaela Orwick chipped in with eight points, Karen Deaton had seven and Candice Cartwright and Paige Kingsley added two points apiece. Megan Sherrard scored a single point for the Lady Rebels, who were without the services of senior Sarah Yelch (back injury, day-to-day).
For Austin, freshman Katie McIntosh, who torched South for 16 points in the first meeting, was held to 11 on Saturday. Tasha Taylor also scored 11 in the losing effort.
South Central held Chelsea Jones to six points after giving up 14 in the earlier matchup. Also, Michelle Goodin scored two (11 in the first meeting) and Ashley Dowling had five (10 in the first matchup).
The Lady Rebels have just three home games remaining on the schedule, with two of those outings coming in the next week.
South hosts Cannelton in a varsity-only contest at noon on Saturday, then they’ll host Floyd Central next Tuesday.