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Lady Rebels’ offense vetoed by West Washington

Lady Rebels’ offense vetoed by West Washington
Lady Rebels’ offense vetoed by West Washington
South Central freshman Olivia Maley, center, gets sandwiched by West Washington’s Alandra Johnson and Shelby Griffitts as the former pokes the ball away during the Lady Rebels’ 55-12 loss Thursday to the Lady Senators. Photo by Brandon Miniard
Brandon Miniard, Sports Writer, [email protected]

After taking a beating at the hands of county rival North Harrison 65-17, the South Central Lady Rebels looked to bounce back as they hosted West Washington on Thursday.

While continuing with only eight players due to sophomore Kayla Kaufer still out due to an ankle injury, the Lady Rebels felt a tad more confident as they took on the Lady Senators, who, unlike the aforementioned Lady Cougars, did not field two Division I caliber players.

That confidence was short lived once the game began as the Lady Senators raced out to an early lead. A mixture of overwhelming offense and scoring struggles by the Lady Rebels allowed the Lady Senators to leave Elizabeth with a 55-12 victory.

The contest started with the Lady Senators scoring the first five points, but the Lady Rebels quickly responded with field goals from juniors Gabby Ashby and Kendall Kiper and freshman Olivia Maley to cut the deficit to 9-6. The Lady Senators’ offense then proceeded to go off on a 6-2 run, the two Lady Rebels’ points coming courtesy of junior Lexie Liebert as the quarter ended with a 15-8 Lady Senators’ advantage.

The run to end the opening period seemed to get to the Lady Rebels as a combination of strong Lady Senators’ defense and poor shot selection shut out the hosts in the second quarter. The Lady Senators’ Ava Woods and Madison Brown had no such trouble, building off their first quarters of eight and seven points, respectively, with another pair of buckets apiece. While the Lady Senators had many more scoring opportunities, their eight second-quarter points were more than enough to give them a 23-8 edge.

It took the Lady Rebels over halfway through the third quarter to break out of their scoring drought, courtesy of a bucket from Liebert. The Lady Senators responded with their highest offensive output, led by 11 points each from Alandra Johnson and McKenzie Brown, followed by a bucket apiece from Woods and Madison Brown to extend the Lady Senators’ lead to 48-10.

The Lady Rebels were able to muster one last basket courtesy of Maley, while the Lady Senators added seven more, five of which came from both McKenzie and Madison Brown along with a pair of Johnson free throws. Those seven points put the finishing touches on the Lady Senators’ 55-12 victory, their second on the young campaign.

The duo of McKenzie and Madison Brown led the way with 15 points each, while Woods and Johnson chipped in 14 and 11 points, respectively.

Maley and Liebert paced the Lady Rebels with four points each, while Kiper and Ashby both managed two points.

The Lady Rebels’ slow start to the season continued Saturday when they fell to visiting South Spencer 70-39, dropping them to 0-3. Matters won’t get any easier for the Lady Rebels as they conclude their four-game homestand on Saturday when they welcome Charlestown (3-1) for a 7:30 p.m. tip.

West Washington           15     8   25     7 – 55

South Central       8     0     2     2 – 12

West Washington (2-1) – Madison Brown 15, McKenzie Brown 15, Woods 14, Johnson 11.

South Central (0-2) – Liebert 4, Maley 4, Ashby 2, Kiper 2.

3-point goals – West Washington 3 (Madison Brown 1, McKenzie Brown 1, Johnson 1).