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Lady Rebels take down Lanesville

Lady Rebels take down Lanesville
Lady Rebels take down Lanesville
Lanesville's Faith Johnston, right, reaches in an attempt to steal the ball from South Central's Shelby Miller. (Photo by Brian Smith)

Lanesville brought a tough physical game to rival South Central Jan. 6, but in the end, the Lady Rebels were too much, carrying out a 51-31 girls’ basketball victory.
The game was also a Coaches vs. Cancer contest, benefiting cancer research. Both teams played with pink knee high socks and the coaches wore tennis shoes in recognition of breast cancer awareness.
On the court, Lanesville went into the game looking to deny South Central its 3-point shooting strength. The Lady Eagles ended the game with more treys than the Lady Rebels, but their opponent answered with a balanced scoring attack from inside and out.
‘We needed that win right now,’ South Central coach Randall Schoen said. ‘We talked the other day that our record doesn’t indicate it, but we are sitting at 3-8, but we are 20 seconds from being 6-5 if we could have defended better in certain games.’
Coming off a rough 0-3 weekend at the Floyd Central Holiday Tournament, South Central was able to keep the past in the past. The Lady Rebels opened the game with a quick 7-0 run. They eventually extended the lead to 16-6 to end the first quarter. Four points from Megan Sherrard and two from Shelby Miller helped close a 6-0 surge for the Lady Rebels.
‘The good thing is, our girls aren’t getting discouraged with the record, and they understand what we are working toward,’ Schoen said. ‘It sure does feel better to win, though.’
Three-pointers kept Lanesville in the game during the second half as South Central continued to push its lead. Lanesville treys from Kayla Smith and Ashley Schoen kept the South Central lead to 10 points on two occasions. Toward the end of the half, Schoen cut the once 15-point Lady Rebel lead to nine at 27-18 with a field goal.
Miller answered with a field goal of her own, pushing the lead to 29-18. During the second quarter, the Lady Eagles forced six turnovers while only committing one.
‘I really thought we were going to win,’ Lanesville coach Bill Krammes said. ‘We had a great week of practice, and we have been doing some nice things lately. I watched South three times last week. We knew what they were going to do, and we worked and worked and we couldn’t make a key shot for anything.’
In the second half, Lanesville was unable to stay with its Southern Athletic Conference rival. South Central opened the third quarter with a 13-3 run, thanks in large part to a pair of Whitney Pease 3-pointers. By the end of the third quarter, South Central had built a 44-26 advantage and cruised to the victory.
‘The confidence was there in the beginning,’ Krammes said. ‘In the middle of third quarter, when we got it down to 13, then they shot back to a big lead, we started to lose that confidence. But our girls will keep hammering away.’
Eight different South Central players scored, led by Pease’s 13 points. The junior knocked down three 3-pointers.
‘Whitney has been shooting the ball well and she is starting to play defense better,’ Schoen said. ‘We have been concentrating on getting her to play better defense. We need her on the floor for her offense, but we need her to get better on the defensive end.’
Krammes said his team played good defense, with its main objective to take away South Central’s looks from beyond the arc.
‘Our job was to stop their 3-point shooting, and we did that,’ Krammes said. ‘We held (Shelby) Miller to eight, but we just had trouble scoring. I don’t think our girls put in a bad defensive effort.’
Ashley Schoen led Lanesville in scoring with 10 points. Smith added nine, and Faith Johnston contributed eight.
South Central’s Megan Sherrard reached double figures with 11 points. Miller finished with eight, and Paige Kingsley tallied seven points for the Lady Rebels.
On Thursday, South Central defeated Crawford County 67-60 on the Lady Wolfpack’s home court. Then, on Saturday, the Lady Rebels dropped a road decision to Austin, 70-54. Their next game will be Tuesday when Floyd Central visits Elizabeth.
Lanesville lost 77-53 to Crothersville on Monday. The Lady Eagles complete a three-game week hosting Trinity Lutheran today (Wednesday) and Rock Creek on tomorrow.
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