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Lady Rebels plundered by Charlestown

Lady Rebels plundered by Charlestown
Lady Rebels plundered by Charlestown
South Central freshman guard Olivia Maley tries to fling the ball over her shoulder for a putback against Charlestown’s Kennedy Coleman during the Lady Rebels’ 74-9 loss to the Lady Pirates on Saturday. Photo by Brandon Miniard
Brandon Miniard, Sports Writer, [email protected]

For the South Central Lady Rebels, there are many themes to coincide with their 0-3 start to the young season. One of those is their struggles on the offensive end.

In two of its first three games this season, the Lady Rebels failed to score at least 20 points. The one exception was their last matchup against South Spencer, where they managed a season-high 39 points in a 70-39 loss.

Coming off their highest offensive output of the season, the Lady Rebels concluded their four-game season opening home-stand as they hosted Charlestown on Saturday. The Lady Pirates, who began the season ranked 14th in Class 3A in preseason polls, dominated the night 74-9.

The Lady Pirates wasted no time setting sail to an early advantage as they began the contest on a 19-0 rampage. The Lady Rebels, meanwhile, needed more than half the period to take the lid off the basket courtesy of a layup from freshman guard Olivia Maley. Junior guard Kendall Kiper added a pair of free throws, but it did little to cut into the first-quarter deficit, which ended at 26-4.

What little offense the Lady Rebels scored in the first quarter superseded the Lady Rebels’ scoring in the second period. The hosts managed only one point in the period, courtesy of a free throw from senior forward Georgia Faith. Each point scored between Faith’s freebie belonged to the Lady Pirates, led by nine points from Maddie Nipper and five from Tatum McFarland. Kennedy Coleman and Demaria King each chipped in a bucket, while Jayda Holbrook and Laney Hawkins combined to go 5 for 6 from the foul line, resulting in a 49-5 Lady Pirates’ half-time advantage.

While the Lady Rebels spent the third quarter on the receiving end of a shutout, the Lady Pirates’ offense continued to scintillate, courtesy of five points from Lienna Blackstone, including her second three-pointer of the contest, and a pair of King buckets. McFarland and Holbrook each added a pair of free throws to extend the lead to 62-7.

Maley and Kiper each managed another bucket in the fourth quarter, and the Lady Pirates answered with triples from McFarland and Nipper. King chipped in a free throw, while Echo Brading broke into the scoring column before the Lady Pirates sailed away with their most dominant win of the season 74-9.

The Lady Pirates had three players score in double figures, led by McFarland’s 20, followed by Nipper’s 13 and King’s 12. Aside from four apiece from Kiper and Maley, Faith’s lone free throw accounted for the remainder of the Lady Rebels’ offense.

The Lady Rebels next contest will come Friday, Dec. 3, as they open the road portion of their schedule by traveling to Tell City for a 6:30 p.m. tipoff.

Charlestown                   26   23   13   12 – 74

South Central                 4     1     0     4 –   9

Charlestown (4-2) – McFarland 20, Nipper 13, King 12, Blackstone 8, Coleman 8, Hawkins 7, Holbrook 4, Brading 2.

South Central (0-4) – Kiper 4, Maley 4, Faith 1.

3-point goals – Charlestown 8 (McFarland 4, Blackstone 2, Nipper 2).