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South Central's Austin Schoen rises to score late in the first quarter of Friday's game at Lanesville. Schoen's 19 points paced the Rebels to a 63-56 win. Photos by Ross Schulz

For just the second time in the last 18 tries between the county-, conference- and sectional rivals, South Central knocked off Lanesville on Friday by building a large lead and hanging on at the end to complete an impressive road win, 63-56.
Austin Gootee scored in the paint for Lanesville (4-7, 0-3 Southern Athletic Conference) to begin the game, but that marked the only lead Lanesville would see all night.
Austin Schoen answered with a fast-break layup plus the foul, and Chase Schoen collected the missed free throw and put it in for a 4-2 lead.
A rash of turnovers for the home team led to a couple of three-pointers from Logan Stewart and Chase Schoen as the lead ballooned to eight, 10-2, and eventually to 10, 14 to 4, before Lanesville fought back behind two field goals from Elijah Wilkin and a steal and lay-in, to go along with another inside score, by Greg Daly to close the gap to four, 14-10.
Stewart had the response, another three ball, for the South Central Rebels (4-7, 1-1), who would end the quarter with another steal and run-out layup for a 19-13 lead.
South Central continued to turn over the Eagles in the second quarter. And that, combined with confident outside shooting, helped build a 15-point half-time lead, 35-20.
‘South did a really good job of getting off to a good start early, and they were more aggressive,’ Lanesville head coach Mikel Miller said. ‘We were just too passive. … we talked beginning of game, we talked at halftime, we talked after the game; there wasn’t anything there that we were surprised at what they were doing. I mean, it’s stuff we knew they were going to do and worked on. It’s just something that’s kind of hurt us all year long, to take what we’ve worked on in practice and initiate it into the game.’
South Central built its largest lead late in the third quarter, 47-26, before settling on a 49-31 score heading to the fourth quarter.
In the fourth, Lanesville’s Wilkin began asserting himself on the inside with two straight buckets to close the lead to 14.
With about 3-1/2 minutes remaining, the Rebels still had a comfortable 15-point lead, 55-40, and looked to put away the game.
However, Lanesville had other ideas.
Behind Wilkin, Riley Cook and a triple from Evan Ash, Lanesville scored the game’s next 10 points to draw within five.
Brandon Summers made one free throw for South, then Gootee scored on the other end to bring Lanesville within four, 56-52, with just 44 seconds remaining. Summers again only made one free throw, and Gootee made two free throws for Lanesville to pull within one possession, 57-54. Summers took advantage of his time at the free-throw line next time, knocking down both. After a couple of empty possessions, the rally was stymied and the South Central bench and cheering section celebrated the win.
‘We set a goal tonight to get 30 deflections,’ South Central head coach Greg Robinson said. ‘I don’t know how many we got, but it had to be pretty close and, usually when you get those deflections, you’re going to get turnovers that lead to run outs. And we got those.’
The deflections and easy buckets helped build a big lead, and the Rebels did just enough to hold on.
‘We just have to learn how to finish the game,’ Robinson said. ‘It’s a team learning how to win. They’re going to go through some of these hardships, but the good thing is we were able to hold on. We did just enough.’
South Central will head to Cannelton on Friday for a rematch of a Dec. 22 contest, which the Rebels won 80-51.
Lanesville will host Christian Academy of Indiana on Friday.
‘They played four quarters really hard, and we played one,’ Miller said of his squad after the South Central game. ‘That doesn’t ever work out in your favor. Now, the fourth quarter we did that, and we had a lot more success. But, like I already said, you can’t play one quarter. Credit to them. They played a lot better than we did tonight. We’ll just have to come back ready to get better at practice.’

South Central 19 16 14 14 ‘ 63
Lanesville 13 7 11 25 ‘ 56
South Central (4-7, 1-1 SAC): A. Schoen 19, Wibbels 11, Stewart 10, C. Schoen 9, Summers 6, Knear 4, Boyd 4.
Lanesville (4-7, 0-3): Wilkin 18, Gootee 12, Ash 12, Cook 10, Daly 3, Bailey 1.
3-point goals ‘ South Central 6 (A. Schoen 2, Stewart 2, C. Schoen, Wibbels); Lanesville 2 (Ash 2).

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