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SC falls to New Wash, first team reunites

After Friday night’s home Southern Athletic contest against New Washington, South Central coach Rob Murawski said each day in practice his team seemed to have a different identity.
Basketball fans in Elizabeth got to experience Murawski’s observations first-hand after the Rebels jumped out to a 13-4 lead in the first quarter, only to have the Mustangs rally to take a 23-20 lead at halftime.
In the first frame, South Central shot 6 of 13 from the field, marked a 12-5 rebounding advantage and held the visitors to 1-11 shooting, while in the second period, New Washington went 7-11 from the floor (including 5-8 on threes), outrebounded the Rebels, 8-6, and held the hosts to 3-11 shooting from the field.
By the time South Central got back on track in the fourth quarter, the game was mostly out of reach, as New Washington posted a 57-45 victory to spoil the Rebels’ ‘Senior Night’ festivities.
‘We just kind of lost it in the second half,’ Murawski said. ‘The first quarter is about as well as we could play, but the rest of the game is pretty much how we’ve played all year. Our kids are playing hard and doing their best, but we need a win.’
Senior center Randall Hertle, making his first appearance on the hardwood in several weeks due to an IHSAA suspension, scored 13 hard-earned points before fouling out with 3:34 left in the game.
‘They were hanging on him all night,’ Murawski said of the Mustangs.
Junior Dillon Miller scored 10 points, and Clinton Keys added nine in the losing effort.
New Washington (12-8) was paced by the 16 points of Devin Freels, 14 by Vincent Minton and 11 by Dustin Bowman.
For the game, South Central was 19 of 46 from the field, missed all 10 of its tries from 3-point land and was 7-16 at the charity stripe. New Washington was 15 of 37 shooting, 7-17 on threes and 20 of 27 at the line.
South Central (4-16) looks to buck its four-game slide Friday on the road as it faces intra-county rival Corydon Central (7-16) in the regular-season ender for both clubs. Tip-off of the jayvee contest will be at 6 p.m.
‘ Prior to the varsity game Friday, South Central honored its first boys’ varsity basketball team.
Several members of the 1959 Rebels squad, as well as one cheerleader, were on hand for a pre-game meal and received commemorative mini-basketballs after being announced to the crowd.
Former Rebel players included Larry Stewart, Jim Brewer, Merrill May, Bruce Day and Donnie Dones. Also on hand were managers Nelson Stewart, Bobby Knear, Jim Durbin and junior varsity coach James Wolfe. Head coach Nevil Garrett was scheduled to attend the event but suffered a stroke two days prior.
Cheerleader Freddie Bierly Dones was also on hand.
Other members of the team were Herbie McKnight, Bobby Boone, Garry Cunningham, Jerry Knear, Bobby Hoke, Charles Jenkins and John Russel.