Lady Rebels pick up first win of season
George Browning, Sports Writer, [email protected]
Saturday was a day of firsts for the South Central Lady Rebels.
In addition to the squad picking up its first win of the season, 29-24 at Shawe Memorial, it was coach Lynne Thomas’ first win as a varsity coach.
Thomas said her team had been working hard and she was happy to get to see them celebrate.
“It felt good to get the monkey off our backs,” she said. “It was good for the girls and good for our program. It had been a long time coming.”
South Central jumped out to an 11-3 lead at the end of the first quarter, thanks to seven points by Marie Goodwin and four by Lily Boley.
Boley added four more in the second period, and South Central led 17-12 at halftime.
The Lady Rebels outscored Shawe Memorial 6-4 in the third quarter with Boley scoring four more of her game-high 13 points.
In the fourth stanza, South Central didn’t hit any field goals but sank four free throws in the final eight minutes to get the victory.
Goodwin added nine points for the Lady Rebels, and Annabelle Faith had two.
While her scoring total wasn’t high, Thomas said Faith is doing a lot of good things for South Central and said Boley and Goodwin are contributing heavily on offense.
“Lily had quite a few good drives to the basket, and I feel like Annabelle has been consistent all year,” Thomas said. “She is not necessarily a prolific scorer, but she is smart on the court. She works her butt off on defense, and she is doing a good job of leading our younger players who don’t have that experience. Then, Marie knocked down some big shots for us.”
Thomas admitted that she saw her team improving in practice and, now that they have tasted their first win, she hopes they continue to be more confident while headed in the right direction.
“We had some opportunities throughout the year where I feel like we should have had some success and it was like we just couldn’t get it done,” Thomas said. “That’s why over the holiday break we went back to just working on more fundamental basics. The girls have worked hard with doing what I’ve asked them to do, and I think they are finally starting to see some of the work pay off. The buy-in for kids is hard until they see that the work is paying off. Having a little success makes it easier to get them motivated.”
As for the milestone of getting her first win, Thomas said she is glad to get it, but she is more worried about her players having success. She hopes that success continues.
Despite two tough games against Silver Creek and New Washington, the Lady Rebels have three games — Borden, Rock Creek and Clarksville — that they can be competitive in. They played Borden at home last night (Tuesday) and will travel to New Washington for a Saturday showdown.
South Central 11 6 8 4 – 29
Shawe Memorial 3 9 4 8 – 24
South Central (1-16) – Lily Boley 13, Marie Goodwin 9, Kaitlyn Harl 4, Annabelle Faith 2, Kendall Kiper 1.
Madison Shawe (6-12) – McAulston 8, Alderman 7, Grote 4, Hill 3, Leatherman 2.
3-point goals – South Central 1 (Goodwin 1); Shawe 3 (Alderman 1, Hill 1, McAulston 1).