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Borden holds on against Lady Rebels

Borden holds on against Lady Rebels
Borden holds on against Lady Rebels
Photo by Brandon Miniard. South Central junior guard Kendall Kiper tries to get around a pair of Borden defenders during the Lady Rebels’ 53-41 loss to the Lady Braves last Tuesday.
By Brandon Miniard, Sports Writer, [email protected]

While Class 1A No. 2 Lanesville breezed to its fourth consecutive Southern Athletic Conference title, South Central was focused on finishing as high in the conference rankings as possible.

Coming into the past week sitting fifth in the league, the Lady Rebels looked to snag a victory when they hosted rival Borden last Tuesday. The Lady Braves threw a wrench into those plans, however, as they used their superior size and shooting ability to push their way to a 53-41 victory.

The Lady Braves didn’t need a lot of time to get out to a big lead, thanks to early three-pointers from Emily Cissell and Hannah Peine, who led the visitors with seven and five points, respectively. Claire Hall followed with four points alongside buckets from Gabby Thomas and Delaney Smith. The Lady Rebels could only counter with eight points between junior guards Kendall Kiper (six) and Lexie Liebert (two) as the opening frame ended with a 20-8 Lady Braves’ edge.

Kiper kept up the effort to close the gap in the second quarter with another six points, four of which came from the charity stripe. Liebert followed with a freebie of her own, but the Lady Braves kept their distance with a pair of triples from Hailey Hurst. Peine, Smith and Paige Robinson each added a basket, while Hall knocked down two free throws to give the Lady Braves a 34-15 half-time advantage.

The Lady Rebels came out of the locker room hungry for some offense, and they got that in the third quarter as Kiper knocked down a triple followed by two scores for junior guard Millie Spencer and a Liebert bucket. Kiper and Spencer also came through at the foul line, knocking down six of their combined seven free throws. Cissell and Robinson countered with seven and six points, respectively, to keep the Lady Braves ahead 47-30 going into the final period.

The Lady Braves’ offense seemed to begin sputtering in the closing frame as it scored only six points, led by a Cissell triple, a basket from Caitlyn Cook and a Robinson freebie. Despite five points from Kiper, a Liebert three, a Spencer bucket and a free throw from senior forward Georgia Faith, the Lady Rebels could only shrink the deficit to a 53-41 final.

Out of the eight Lady Braves to score, Cissell led the way with a team-high 17 points, nine of which came from downtown. Robinson followed with seven and Hurst chipped in six from beyond the arc. South Central’s Kiper led all scorers with 24 points, while Liebert and Spencer each chipped in eight. Faith’s lone free throw was the final piece of the Lady Rebels’ offense.

After dealing with a five-day COVID-19 hiatus, the Lady Rebels will return to action today (Wednesday) when they travel to New Washington to finish their conference slate. After dealing with the Lady Mustangs, the Lady Rebels will travel to Rock Creek Community Academy tomorrow before hosting Clarksville in their season finale on Saturday.

Borden 20 14 13 6 – 53
South Central 8 7 15 11 – 41
Borden – Cissell 17, Robinson 9, Peine 7, Hall 6, Hurst 6, Smith 4, Cook 2, Thomas 2.
South Central – Kiper 24, Liebert 8, Spencer 8, Faith 1.
3-point goals – Borden 6 (Cissell 3, Hurst 2, Peine 1); South Central 4 (Kiper 3, Liebert 1).