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South Central wallops Borden, wins SAC

South Central wallops Borden, wins SAC
South Central wallops Borden, wins SAC
South CentralÂ’s Whitney Pease is fouled on a made basket against Borden Monday. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

South Central outscored Borden 54-21 in the first and third quarters to take down the Lady Braves, 67-53, Monday in Elizabeth and secure the Southern Athletic Conference girls’ basketball title.
‘This is always our first goal,’ South Central coach Randall Schoen said. ‘This year, we wanted to win it outright, because last year, after we lost to Crothersville, we needed help from New Washington to get it. The girls wanted to make sure they took care of business ourselves.’
South Central went 5-0 against conference competition, most of which are common Class A Sectional 62 foes.
Against Borden, the Lady Rebels scorched the nets with the 3-point shots of junior Shelby Miller and senior Whitney Pease. South Central’s first three field goals were treys from Miller, and Pease later added three of her own in the opening quarter.
Combined with field goals from senior Abby Day and sophomore Rachel Pease, the Lady Rebels were up, 26-8, at the end of the first quarter.
‘Whitney and Shelby were just in the zone,’ Schoen said.
Whitney Pease hit her fourth 3-pointer to start the second quarter, putting South Central up 29-10. Borden then got its offense going, outscoring the Lady Rebels 14-7 in the frame and cutting the deficit to 33-22.
‘I think we just got a little tired,’ Schoen said. ‘I probably need to start using time-outs a little more wisely but, when you’re on a roll like you are in the first quarter, you hate to break that rhythm.’
Borden cut the deficit to 35-28 to start the third quarter, but the Lady Rebels soon got going again. Pease converted a 3-point play and Miller hit a trey to extend the lead. Miller scored 14 of her game-high 27 points in the third quarter that saw the Lady Rebels take a 61-35 lead and seal the game.
‘We got back to doing what we needed to do in the third and fourth quarters,’ Schoen said.
Whitney Pease finished with 21 points, and Day added 10. Both were recognized before the game on senior night. The win marked the seventh SAC title in the last eight years for the Lady Rebels.
South Central goes to Crawford County tomorrow (Thursday) to close the regular season.
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