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Shawe Memorial stumps South

Shawe Memorial stumps South
Shawe Memorial stumps South
South Central senior guard Lexie Liebert tries going up for a layup against Shawe Memorial’s Hunter Mote during the Lady Rebels’ 54-32 loss to the Lady Hilltoppers on Saturday morning. Brandon Miniard
By Brandon Miniard, Sports Writer, [email protected]

Entering the final stretch of the 2022-23 season, the South Central girls’ basketball team will look to finish the regular season strong.

While extending their current losing streak to seven games with losses at Austin (65-32) and Salem (53-40) to begin 2023, the Lady Rebels tacked on their second victory of the season with a 57-43 decision against Cannelton. With the victory, the Lady Rebels posted a season with multiple wins for the first time since the 2019-20 campaign, when they went 2-21.

Hoping to ride the momentum, the Lady Rebels returned to Elizabeth for their first game of 2023 when they hosted Shawe Memorial. Despite starting the contest hot, the Lady Rebels fell victim to the Lady Hilltoppers’ superior size and shooting, along with an inability to handle and rebound the basketball early on, en route to a 54-32 loss.

The Lady Rebels began the contest with the early advantage behind triples from freshman forward Gracie Haag and senior guard Kendall Kiper. Following a timeout, the Lady Hilltoppers took advantage of a number of Lady Rebel miscues and missed rebounding opportunities to push ahead on a 20-2 run powered by seven points from Audrey Barron, six from Hunter Mote, five from Allison Knoebel and a bucket from Ava Turner. The Lady Rebels’ only points during that stretch came on a basket from freshman guard Gracelynn Bartoszek, making for a 20-8 visitors’ advantage after one quarter.

The Lady Hilltoppers’ onslaught continued in the second quarter with 11 points from Barron, a pair of triples from Turner and a Knoebel bucket. The Lady Rebels could only muster offense from their trio of freshmen with another Haag triple and buckets from Bartoszek and Ava Schmelz before retreating to the locker room staring at a 39-15 deficit.

Scoring became harder to come by in the third quarter, but the Lady Hilltoppers expanded their lead with a trio of triples between Knoebel and Mote along with a bucket from Turner. Haag prevented the Lady Rebels from being shut out in the frame with her third long ball of the contest, but it simply cut the margin to 50-18 heading into the final period.

The Lady Rebels’ offense came alive in the fourth quarter with a pair of Kiper triples, four points from senior guard Lexie Liebert and buckets from Schmelz and senior wing Millie Spencer. Despite the Lady Hilltoppers managing only a bucket apiece from Knoebel and Berkeley Neuman, it did nothing but close the deficit to the 54-32 final.

Out of the five Lady Hilltoppers to score, three reached double figures, led by Barron’s 18 followed by 15 from Knoebel and 10 from Turner. Haag and Kiper each paced the Lady Rebels with nine points while Bartoszek, Schmelz and Liebert each added four and Spencer chipped in two.

The Lady Rebels are spending the current week wrapping up Southern Athletic Conference play, starting by traveling to face Class 1A. No. 12 Borden yesterday (Tuesday). They will conclude the conference slate on Saturday when they host New Washington at 3:30 p.m.

Shawe Memorial         20  19  11  4 – 54
South Central     8    7    3  14 – 32
Shawe Memorial (13-5) – Barron 18, Knoebel 15, Turner 10, Mote 9, Neuman 2.
South Central (2-16) – Haag 9, Kiper 9, Bartoszek 4, Liebert 4, Schmelz 4, Spencer 2.
3-point goals – Shawe Memorial 7 (Barron 2, Knoebel 2, Turner 2, Mote 1); South Central 6 (Haag 3, Kiper 3).