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Schoen nets 2,000th at Floyd tournament

Schoen nets 2,000th at Floyd tournament
Schoen nets 2,000th at Floyd tournament
Brittany Schoen releases the eventual basket that launched her into the 2,000-point category in girls' basketball. (Photo by Alan Stewart)

South Central senior Brittany Schoen has launched rainbows and tickled the twine from the small town of Elizabeth, to historic Hinkle Fieldhouse, to famed Conseco Fieldhouse, and all points in between.
On Friday afternoon in Galena, she did something tens of thousands of girls in the state have never done: score 2,000 points in a varsity basketball career.
Schoen, who signed to play hoops at Indiana State University a couple of weeks ago, nailed an 18-foot jump shot over the outstretched arm of Louisville Male’s Gillian Griggs with :22 remaining in the first period.
The deuce gave Schoen 2,001 points for her career and put her name alongside some of the all-time Indiana girls’ basketball greats.
She finished with 26 points in the 56-49 win and inched ever closer to the all-time county scoring record of 2,057 points held by her cousin and South grad, Rachel Dixon.
Only 23 other girls in the state have scored more than 2,000 points in their high school career, with the most recent being Attica senior Brittany Rayburn, who is a Purdue signee.
Rayburn and Schoen met on the hardwood during the Southport 1A Semi-state in 2006, a game in which Schoen notched 25 points and Rayburn had 28.
Schoen’s coach and father, Randall, said the focus in the game against Male was on a victory and that he hoped to plan a ceremony for his sharpshooting daughter at the Lady Rebels’ next home game on Jan. 5 against Austin.
— The record books won’t say how much of a struggle and how much moxie South Central’s girls’ basketball team showed in its opening contest against Louisville Male in the Floyd Central Tournament Friday afternoon.
The Lady Rebels, ranked No. 4 in Class 1A, trailed by as many as 12 points in the second period, then closed to seven at halftime, 29-22.
A newfound intensity both on the glass and on defense in the third period turned the tide for South, which tied the affair at 40-all heading into the final eight minutes.
The Lady Rebels took the lead with 5:45 remaining in the game on a pair of free throws by freshman Shelby Miller.
Over the final five minutes, South outscored the Bulldogs 12-3 to pull out the victory.
Schoen scored 26 points, Miller added 16 and Kristin Shaffer tacked on six.
Freshman Shelby West led Male’s scoring with 26 points.
For the game, South was 19 of 44 from the field, 3 of 13 on threes and went 15 of 21 at the line.
Male (1-10) shot 19 of 53 on field goals, 1 of 14 on threes and went 9 of 15 at the foul line. Male won the rebounding battle, 38-32.
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