Schoen’s 40 not enough
Jeffersonville’s quickly improving young team put in a solid performance forcing 28 turnovers and out-rebounding visiting South Central last Wednesday for a 77-58 victory. Despite winning their home opener, the packed house cheered when the announcer voiced Lady Rebel Brittany Schoen’s point total.
The senior Indiana State-signee finished the game with 40 points, including nine three-pointers. Most of the long balls came on either quick shots or with a hand or two in the face.
But for coach Randall Schoen and the Class A No. 2 Lady Rebels, they were disappointed in not coming away with the win.
‘Our team doesn’t look at Jeff as a 4A school and us as an A school,’ he said. ‘They look at it as if it’s a game. We expected to come down here and compete in it and win. I don’t think the final score shows how hard the girls competed.’
Early on, the Lady Rebels struggled on the boards. Brittany was able to give South Central a quick 5-0 lead, but Jeffersonville was able to get to the free-throw line 10 times in the first quarter and force nine turnovers. Not to mention they were in the bonus just six minutes into the contest. A 9-2 run in the final four minutes of the quarter gave Jeffersonville a 20-13 edge.
‘We had talked all along about being the aggressor,’ coach Schoen said. ‘But maybe we were too aggressive early. We just picked up way too many fouls early.’
Jeffersonville (3-2) took a 38-28 edge into the half, but the third quarter was a struggled for South Central. The Red Devils hit the boards hard for 17 rebounds in the quarter and outscored South Central 17-7.
In the final quarter, South Central (2-1) made a run when it went back to pressuring Jeffersonville. Brittany Schoen had the hot hand all night, sinking three treys to finish with her 40 points. The Lady Rebels’ run put them within 12 on two different occasions, but Jeffersonville hit 18-of-22 free throws down the stretch.
‘They never gave up,’ said South Central’s coach. ‘We’re a better shooting team outside of Brittany. Our girls saw a little more pressure than they may be used to, so that probably contributed to throwing them off.’
Thankfully for the poor shooting Lady Rebels, Brittany Schoen had a strong night.
‘I’m not sure they (Jeffersonville) did anything to throw her off,’ her coach said. ‘She hit some shots where I even thought, ‘Man, that went in?’ It’s hard to defend somebody when they are shooting like that. It’s a good thing she did.’
Jeffersonville landed two girls with a double-double. Lindsay Monihon paced the Red Devils with 19 points and 10 rebounds followed by Ally Wright’s 18 points and 10 boards. Shanice Gholston and Brooklyn Kinnaird were also in double figures with 12 points each.
Coach Schoen said he was impressed with Jeffersonville because of how quick they are developing. After struggling against North Harrison in the opener, Schoen said they are young and took better shots against his Lady Rebels.
On the rebound side, the Red Devils finished with a 45-26 edge. Jeffersonville also forced 28 turnovers, but the Red Devils weren’t much better taking care of the ball, committing 21 of their own.
Overall, the Lady Rebels’ coach said he was pleased with the long-term meaning of the game.
‘This is good for us to come in here and play in this kind of atmosphere against a quality team like this,’ he said. ‘We told the girls in the locker room that it really hurts right now, but we’d rather have this feeling right now rather than in February.’
South Central bounced back to defeat Rock Creek Christian 98-34 Saturday.
Next for the Lady Rebels is a pair of home contests. They welcome Providence on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and then Crothersville on Saturday at 1 p.m.
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