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Rebels’ season ends at hands of Eagles

A second-half adjustment was enough for Lanesville to oust Harrison County-rival South Central from the Class A Borden Sectional Friday, 62-40.
South Central did a good job holding Lanesville leading scorer Bryant Conder scoreless in the first half, but the Rebels trailed the Eagles, 22-17, at the break. In the second half, Lanesville’s switch to a 3-2 zone limited South Central’s offense and Conder was able to get to the foul line often enough to score 17 points to lead the Eagles.
Conder converted a 3-point play at the start of the fourth quarter to reach a coveted milestone. The Eagle senior surpassed the 1,000-point mark to become the eighth boys’ basketball player to do so in a Lanesville uniform.
South Central started the game with the edge. Chris O’Connor scored four points during a 6-4 start that gave the Rebels a slim lead. Lanesville fought back with Brandon Mullens, who scored four consecutive points to close the opening quarter with a 12-9 Lanesville lead.
Lanesville stretched the lead to 20-11 when Caleb Caldwell nailed his second 3-pointer of the first half. Dillion Miller rallied South Central with a field goal that was followed by an O’Connor trey. The first half drew to a close with Lanesville leading 22-17.
In the second half, Lanesville switched to a 3-2 zone that slowed South Central. While the Eagles made the change defensively, the offense began attacking. Lanesville got to the free-throw line 23 times in the second half. For the game, the Eagles went 28 of 34 at the line.
‘We went to the 3-2 zone, and I think it helped us cut down some things (South Central) were doing in the first half,’ Lanesville coach Mikel Miller said. ‘I think it helped us because we weren’t fouling as much as we were in the first half.’
Lanesville’s lead grew to 40-26 by the end of the third quarter. Conder scored eight of Lanesville’s last 10 points of the frame.
‘(He) got a wide open look at the free-throw line, and we didn’t run at him,’ South Central coach Rob Murawski said of Conder. ‘He got his own rebound and makes it. That’s kind of the way it goes. Once the flood gates opened, they were getting to the lane and the free-throw line. It was tough to overcome.’
South Central got to the foul line 17 times but made good on just eight shots. The Rebels were able to counter Lanesville’s first-half pressure to keep the game close.
‘They couldn’t press us, but they went to that zone,’ Murawski said. ‘We worked all week on it, but it didn’t go our way. But we struggled in the first half scoring. We don’t have the type of team that can press, and Lanesville didn’t miss many free throws to give us a chance to get back in it.’
Conder led Lanesville with 17 points. He was followed by Nick Hammond and Chris Gayhart with 10 each.
South Central was led by senior Chip Hockenbury, who finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Kyle Pease added 10 points off the bench for the Rebels.
‘Give a lot of credit to South,’ Miller said. ‘I saw them a week ago against Corydon, and they played really hard that game. Really, their record doesn’t show how much that team’s improved. Rob does a good job with those guys.’
Murawski credited his team’s effort throughout the season.
‘They play hard all the time,’ he said. ‘That team, you wouldn’t know by working with them and being around them that the record is what it is.’
South Central finishes the season with a 3-19 record and will graduate six seniors: Elliot Thompson, Cody Roby, Dillon Miller, Dylan Carpenter, O’Connor and Hockenbury.
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