Eastern’s strong second half enough to topple Lady Rebs
The South Central girls’ basketball team had a tall order in its first-round matchup last Wednesday in the Floyd Central Holiday Tournament.
Standing in the way of the Lady Rebels was undefeated Class 2A No. 5 Eastern (Pekin) and its 6-3 forward/center Jocelyn Mousty.
South Central struggled to shoot the ball and keep control of it in a 58-25 loss to the Lady Musketeers. Mousty finished the game with 24 points, high among all scorers.
During the course of the first half, South Central stayed close to Eastern. Maddie O’Connor knocked down an early trey for South Central to keep within a point. Following a four-point Eastern run, Haley Shaffer put in a field goal, to cut the Lady Musketeers’ lead to 8-5.
Eastern closed the opening quarter on a 4-1 run to lead 12-8.
Despite the size disadvantage, South Central was able to keep up on the boards with Eastern. For the game, Kelsey Miller had seven rebounds while Samantha Turner pulled down five for the Lady Rebels.
‘In the first half, we were able to do what we needed to do by getting rebounds,’ South Central coach Randall Schoen said. ‘Our stats had (Eastern) up 21-15 on rebounds, which isn’t that bad when going up against someone like Mousty.’
Mousty was dominant at the start of the second quarter. She scored seven of Eastern’s nine points to give her team a 21-6 lead. South Central struggled at the foul line in the first half, making good on two of six freebie attempts.
South Central cut the deficit to 21-11 when Miller converted a steal into a layup. Eastern, however, closed the half with a 3-pointer from Brooke Rodewig.
In the third quarter, South Central committed 14 turnovers as Eastern went on to outscore the Lady Rebels 21-6 in the frame.
‘We had trouble generating offense,’ Schoen said. ‘Lot of it is we have a hard time creating shots. Then, when we get good looks, we don’t finish strong.’
Outside of Mousty’s 24 points, Eastern’s Krista Roberts contributed 15 points while Rodewig had nine.
South Central was paced in scoring by Miller’s seven. Turner added six points, while Savannah Milliner pitched in five.
In the final two games of the tournament on Friday, the Lady Rebels lost to Castle and Crawford County. Class 4A Castle scored a 60-36 victory, while Crawford County went on to win 56-43.
Eastern went on to win the tournament with a 51-43 semi-final win over Tipton followed by defeating Louisville Presentation 54-36 in the championship.
South Central (2-9) will return to action at Crawford County tomorrow night (Thursday).