Silver Creek (son) tops Lady Rebels (father)
If you asked during the summer or before the start of the basketball season about the Jan. 26 girls’ basketball matchup between South Central and Silver Creek, both coaches would agree they looked forward to it.
Yet, as the date crept closer, neither coach was as eager to play. Reason being, it created a unique meeting between coaches: a father versus son.
As South Central coach Randall Schoen inches closer to 200 career wins in his 12th season, last Wednesday he had to face off against a newcomer to the girls’ basketball coaching ring, his son, Scott Schoen.
‘It was something that, earlier in the year, I thought this would be fun,’ Randall Schoen said. ‘But the closer it got, I really didn’t care if we played it. When it got closer, I knew he would throw everything in his book at me, and we were going to try to do the same thing at them.’
Unfortunately for the Lady Rebels, they were no match for Silver Creek, dropping the duel, 57-42.
Silver Creek crashed the boards in the first quarter, scoring on three put-back opportunities. Molly Voyles took a steal the length of the floor for the Lady Dragons, scoring to put her team up 18-7.
South Central’s Katie Dennison provided seven of South Central’s 10 first-quarter points, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to close the gap to 18-10.
Silver Creek’s lead eventually ballooned to 36-16 at halftime. Shelby Miller poured in all six Lady Rebel points in the quarter. The senior, and Scott Schoen’s cousin, finished with 24 points.
‘We had a good defensive effort, but you’re not going to stop Shelby Miller,’ Scott Schoen said.
Silver Creek shot well in the second frame, posting another 18 points, backed by two 3-pointers.
‘He has a good team,’ Randall Schoen said of his son. ‘They did a nice job defensively, and we couldn’t get into anything. I thought they were more of the aggressor. We talked going in that we had to take it to them, but we never did. We talked about putting fouls on them, because they could be foul prone, but we weren’t aggressive enough.’
South Central was able to put a run together in the fourth quarter, but it was too late. Dennison finished with seven points, followed by Kelsey Miller with six.
‘A lot had to do with their defense,’ Randall Schoen said. ‘They pressured us so much at the top we couldn’t run anything. Shelby was the only one who could get to the lane to create anything. They knocked us on our heels.’
Silver Creek put nine in the scoring column, led by Carissa Brown and Mandi Martin with 10 points each.
The message Scott Schoen told his players before the game was something he lived by while becoming one of South Central’s leading all-time scorers in boys’ basketball.
‘You always want to make your parents happy,’ Scott Schoen said. ‘One thing I was always taught was to play hard. I wanted people to leave here saying, ‘Geez, that Silver Creek plays hard.’ And I think we did that.’
‘It was fun to see him over there, especially with him being successful,’ Randall Schoen said. ‘That makes me feel great, even though tonight was at our expense.’
Scott served as an assistant coach under his father the previous three seasons, being part of sectional titles each year. Both teams figure to be among the sectional favorites in their respective class when play begins next week.
After the game, both will go back to supporting each other’s drive for success.
‘When we start playing, it is blinders on; I don’t care who it is over there,’ Scott Schoen said. ‘We’re playing to win, and he is the exact same way. Afterwards, we’ll still go grab something to eat. Thing is, we talk on the phone every day. We go over what each of our teams needs to do better. Our conversations had been a little shorter, especially today. I was worried calling him to see if we were going to play because of the snow.’
South Central will open the Class A Borden Sectional on Wednesday, Feb. 9, when the Lady Rebels play Henryville at approximately 7:30 p.m. South Central won the regular season meeting, 55-49, in overtime.
South Central wins SAC
South Central went into Borden Saturday afternoon seeking to check off a goal of the Lady Rebels: the Southern Athletic Conference title.
The Lady Rebels succeeded, toppling the Lady Braves, 60-36.
Putting the game in hand early, South Central out-scored Borden, 22-5, in the first quarter. They eventually led 36-17 at the break.
Shelby Miller put together another stellar effort, scoring 28 points with four 3-pointers. She added nine rebounds, five assists and five steals to her stat line.
Kelsey Miller added 16 points, and Katie Dennison had 11.
Erin Mikel led Borden with 17 points.
The win put South Central’s SAC record at a perfect 5-0.