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Renn goes for 7 triples

Renn goes for 7 triples
Renn goes for 7 triples
South Central's Jordan Renn fires a 3-pointer against Henryville last Wednesday. The senior netted seven long balls for the victorious Lady Rebels. Photo by Brian Smith

Henryville, during the previous three seasons, has been the school at the top of the leader board in the Southern Athletic Conference standings. Once, in 2016, the Lady Hornets split the honor with South Central.
To say last Wednesday’s match-up between the SAC foes was important is an understatement.
South Central, ranked No. 6 in Class 1A, went with the hot hand of Jordan Renn to build a lead and extend it at key moments.
The senior guard was electric from beyond the arc, making good on 7 of 9 tries. Renn finished with 21 points, paving the way to a 56-38 South Central win.
‘Jordan was on fire,’ South Central coach Randall Schoen said.
Five 3-pointers went down in the first half for Renn as the Lady Rebels took a 26-17 lead into the locker room at halftime. The sharp shooting from outside from Renn gave South Central assistant coach Brittany (Schoen) Ort a run at her record for made 3-pointers in a game (nine).
This season, Renn and teammate Lexie Knear have been two of the better 3-point shooters in the state. Renn nets 43 percent of her tries, while Knear is a tick better at 44 percent.
The duo flexed their strengths in the opening quarter. Renn put down three, while Knear found herself open for a buzzer beater, giving South Central a 14-11 lead.
South Central played without its usual starter Brooklyn Lewis, another outside shooting threat. The freshman is out with an injury but is expected to return within a month.
‘We talked in the beginning that a lot of teams are going to key on Lexie and Ally (Davis), so it’s going to open everybody else up,’ Schoen said. ‘Jordan took advantage of it tonight. Teams are getting to where they key on (Renn) a little harder. We figured Brooklyn could be that threat too, but she’s out.’
Davis scored for South Central early in the second quarter, then teammate Jenna Baelz fought for an offensive rebound, leading to a second-chance field goal. Baelz and Davis were the leaders on the glass, each pulling down nine rebounds.
‘Jenna is playing well for us,’ Schoen said. ‘We are getting more out of her than I thought we would coming into the season.’
While South Central’s defense held Henryville to 17 points in the first half, Renn closed the second quarter with two more 3-pointers.
Six straight points by South Central to start the second half put distance on the scoreboard. A well-executed pick-and-roll ” Knear to Davis ” set up the first field goal. Marie Goodwin, getting the starting nod for Lewis, had a jumper as well.
With a 32-17 South Central lead, Henryville coach Josh Conrad burned through a series of time outs in the third to alert his players. They responded to outscore South Central 13-8 during the final 5:32 of the quarter.
‘We went through a spurt where we quit guarding,’ Schoen said. ‘It seemed our girls were willing to go shot for shot with them. It wasn’t working good for us when Henryville was hitting … We weren’t getting our hands up on shooters. We weren’t active enough. Defense and rebounding is desire. It’s something you’ve want to go do.’
If there was a stop gap to a Lady Hornets’ run, it was Renn. Two more 3-pointers swished the home nets to push the South Central lead to 14, 48-34, in the fourth. Henryville couldn’t get any closer than 12 points the rest of the way.
Davis closed with 13 points, nine rebound and four assists. From the point, Knear had six assists to go with her 10 points. Baelz had eight points, while Goodwin contributed four points and three steals.
‘Marie was nervous out there,’ Schoen said. ‘I was glad to see her shy away from shooting. Usually she unloads every time she touches it. She went through the offense for us.’
Henryville’s scoring leaders were Darian Nipper (14 points), Kennedy Easton (10) and Riley Nunn (six).
‘We talked about this game being important,’ Schoen said. ‘Henryville, if they won tonight, they would likely lock conference up. All they have left is Borden, so we had to win tonight. The worst that can happen to us if we win tonight would be a split. At least now, the conference is in our hands. We can control our own destiny.’
South Central now has SAC remaining games against Lanesville (Jan. 2), Borden (Jan. 16) and New Washington (Jan. 20).
‘Every year we set the goals to win conference and win sectional,’ Schoen said. ‘The conference always comes first, and the win we got tonight puts us in good position. New Washington knocked West Washington off the other night, so we know they are playing better.’
South Central will head to Brown County tomorrow (Thursday) to face the host school at 10 a.m. in a four-team, one-day holiday tournament. The Lady Rebels will return to SAC action Tuesday when they play at Lanesville.

Henryville 11 6 13 8 ‘ 38
South Central 14 12 14 16 ‘ 56
Henryville (6-9, 2-1 SAC) ‘ Nipper 14, Easton 10, Nunn 6, Kearney 4, McAfee 2, Michael 2.
South Central (8-3, 2-0) ‘ Renn 21, Davis 13, Knear 10, Baelz 8, Goodwin 4.
3-point goals ‘ Henryville 5 (Nipper 3, Nunn 2); South Central 10 (Renn 7, Knear 2, Davis).