Separate good halves for Schoens
One half of basketball went the way of the father, while the other tilted on the scoreboard toward the son.
Meeting for the fifth time as opposing coaches, Silver Creek’s Scott Schoen continued his unbeaten form against his father, South Central skipper Randall Schoen, with a 47-35 win last Tuesday in Sellersburg.
Although the first half of play was controlled by the visiting Lady Rebels, the second half was won by Silver Creek.
South Central led 21-16 at the half but saw its lead vanish in the first three minutes of the third quarter.
Proving too tough for the Lady Rebels to contain, Silver Creek post player Kelsi Scott got going. She started a 12-1 Silver Creek run with an assist to Haley Baxter. Following an Alexis Barnett put-back, Scott went on a scoring run. Two offensive boards led to baskets while she added range, netting a free-throw line jumper.
The last board and conversion by Scott put Silver Creek ahead 28-22.
‘We didn’t have much of an answer for Kelsi Scott,’ the elder Schoen said of the 6-foot-2 post player. ‘We figured in the second half they were probably going to put pressure on us in the post. Kelsi is such a good presence in the middle. When she becomes more involved in their offense, the better they are.’
South Central showed some hustle late. Following her own air ball, South Central’s Miranda Kiper hit the deck to save the rock by throwing it off a Silver Creek player. Rewarded for the hustle, Kiper scored off an inbounds play.
The play didn’t slow Silver Creek offensively as the team outscored South Central 19-5 in the third quarter to lead 35-26.
While Scott scored 21 points and had nine rebounds, South Central’s Alexis Knear had a solid game as well. She attacked the rim much of the night, coming off screens, ball fakes and dribble drives. Her drive in the fourth drew contact, allowing her to swish two free throws. The effort brought her team within eight, 39-31, with five minutes to play. Down the stretch, Scott scored four of Silver Creek’s final eight points, while South Central managed just four points.
‘I thought Lexi played a real nice game,’ Randall Schoen said. ‘If she comes out and attacks against a team with someone like Scott in the middle, she won’t see anything like that in our sectional to stop her.’
The first half against his son belonged to the Lady Rebels. Knear scored the first eight points for the team, going to the line for half the total.
South Central had an 11-10 edge when the Lady Rebels went on a scoring outburst. Breana Blackman assisted a Sabra Walker 3-pointer. Blackman then beat the defense down the court in transition, taking a pass over the top from Knear for a lay-in.
Later in the frame, Knear nailed a straightaway trey, giving the Lady Rebels a 21-14 lead. Knear would tally four steals in the first half. She ended the game with 15 points.
South Central had a few 3-point attempts in the final 90 seconds of the opening half go in and out as they attempted to extend the lead.
The lead, five points at the half, wasn’t enough to hold off Scott Schoen and the Lady Dragons in the final 16 minutes.
The younger Schoen has won five straight in the series. The closest was last year, a 58-56 Lady Dragons’ win.
Randall Schoen said he was impressed with how well the Lady Rebels ran their offense against the tight man-to-man pressure Silver Creek showed.
‘If we can run our offense against Silver Creek, because they put great pressure on the ball, we could get some good looks come sectional,’ he said. ‘Right now we are playing for sectional, and I saw several positives we can take from this game.’
Going into sectional, Randall Schoen said he was disappointed in the loss versus New Washington the week prior but saw added motivation since the defeat.
‘The girls are working harder,’ he said. ‘We have about two weeks to try and keep getting better. I feel we can get a lot done in that timeframe for the sectional. Since Saturday, a fire was lit under them. I was satisfied tonight with the way we competed.’
South Central’s skipper also hopes to regain talented freshman Ally Davis, who has missed games since Dec. 10 due to an injury.
‘We’ll hopefully have Ally back for sectional,’ he said. ‘We’d like to get a few games in her to reacclimate her to the game speed.’
South Central is off until the sectional tournament. The host of the Class 1A Sectional, the Lady Rebels drew a bye and await the outcome between Lanesville versus Borden. South Central will hit the floor Friday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m. against the winner.
South Central 9 12 5 9 ‘ 35
Silver Creek 6 10 19 12 ‘ 47
South Central (7-13) ‘ Knear 15, Kiper 5, Nalley 5, Day 4, Blackman 3, Walker 3.
Silver Creek (7-13) ‘ Scott 21, Baxter 10, Booher 6, May 4, Barnett 4, Polston 2.
3-point goals ‘ South Central 2 (Knear, Walker).