Girls basketball: SC too much for Senators
By Veryl Wilcox Post-Tribune correspondent December 19, 2012 12:02AM
Updated: January 20, 2013 6:32AM
VALPARAISO — Riley Popplewell was a monster in the post in the second game of Tuesday’s Mid-Winter Classic girls first round at Washington Township, as South Central cruised past the hosts 51-31.
Popplewell — a freshman — had 15 points and 17 rebounds to lead SC into Thursday’s championship against LaCrosse, which edged Westville 40-38 in the Tuesday’s opener.
The Satellites (6-3) started with an 8-0 run and built a comfortable 10-point lead midway through the first quarter. South Central’s Jill Rosenbaum went 3-of-5 in the period.
Washington (3-8) kept its composure and was determined to take the ball to the basket and draw fouls. The Senators closed to within three points by hitting their free throws.
“The girls played tough and never gave up,” Washington coach Becky Harper said. “South Central certainly established their presence down low, but we kept fighting and were able to hang in there.”
The Satellites had beaten the Senators by 11 points last month.
“We played Washington earlier in the year so we knew they are a tough team defensively,” South Central coach Rick Budka said. “We wanted to really feed the ball down low to Rosenbaum and Popplewell.”
Those two players combined for 31 of the team’s 51 points.
The game had its fair share of fouls on both sides.
“It’s hard to get things going when your guards get three fouls in the first half, but we had to overcome that and needed to play together,” Harper said.
In the first game, LaCrosse and Westville were tied at 38-38 before the Tigers’ Hannah Terry was the beneficiary of a well-executed inbounds play and she got an easy layup to beat the buzzer and Westville.