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Lady Rebels struggle to find shot

Lady Rebels struggle to find shot
Lady Rebels struggle to find shot
South Central’s Kelsey Miller drives the length of the floor for a layup after a steal against Henryville last Tuesday. Photos by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

Although the Lady Rebels came out with an energetic start to the second half last Tuesday against Henryville, the South Central team struggled to find the bottom of the net.
Once the Lady Hornets reached a double-digit lead in the second half, South Central was unable to rally back, suffering a 60-38 setback in Elizabeth.
Down 25-17 at halftime, the Lady Rebels came out and crashed the offensive boards on the first possession of the third quarter. The shot attempts following the rebounds failed to land South Central points.
In return, Henryville managed to pour in 21 points in the third quarter. Allison Knox scored six of the first eight points to give the Lady Hornets a 33-17 lead.
‘We come out in the second half with a lot of emotion and fire,’ South Central coach Randall Schoen said. ‘We get those rebounds, but we couldn’t score. But that is the way we’re going to have to play all the time. We can’t wait until I get on them at halftime to decide to play hard for every ball.’
South Central’s Samantha Turner scored all 11 of her points in the second half. She did damage getting to the rim. On back-to-back makes in the third quarter, she helped her team get within 12 points.
Once Henryville found its stroke in the second half, it made the comeback effort by the Lady Rebels harder to pull off. Knox combined with Jasmine Harrell to score 16 points each for Henryville. Hannah Gilstrap finished with nine points.
South Central was led by 17 points from Kelsey Miller, while Haley Shaffer scored 11 points and had seven rebounds.
‘We talked before the game about how much, in this particular game, and every game, that basketball is a game of possessions,’ Schoen said. ‘Every one is important. Sometimes we don’t cherish the possessions the way we should.’
Miller used two treys to keep the Lady Rebels close in the first half. Kristin Miller would score a field goal in the paint to give South Central a 6-4 lead early. Henryville followed suit by ripping off a 10-0 run capped by a Chelsea LaMotte bucket.
South Central went the first four minutes of the second quarter without a point as Henryville extended its lead. The Lady Hornets eventually led 25-17 at the half.
‘It is a sign of a young team,’ Schoen said. ‘Maybe I am expecting too much out of them right now. I’ll step back and re-evaluate what we’re doing as a team. It’s hard to step back and be OK with developing through these games.’
With a 2-6 record thus far, Schoen said he’ll look for ways to get the girls back into the flow of the game.
‘I know it’s not fun for the girls right now, and it isn’t fun for me,’ said Schoen, who was honored for his 200th career win after the junior varsity contest. ‘What we’ll do is make it fun, get back to having fun with basketball. This being a conference game makes us tough to get that goal, but there are several games left.’
South Central will open play in the Floyd Central Shootout tomorrow (Thursday) when the Lady Rebels play undefeated Eastern (Pekin) at 6 p.m. Win or lose, the Lady Rebels will play two games on Friday (times to be determined).
‘The Floyd tournament will be tough,’ Schoen said. ‘We’ll work on getting better there. We open with Eastern and (Jocelyn) Mousty. We’ll work on how to guard her and what to improve on after the game. If we can figure out how to slow her in the game, it’ll help us against the post players from Borden and New Washington.’
The Lady Rebels will return to SAC action Tuesday when they visit Lanesville.
Borden currently leads the conference with a 3-0 record.