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Girls basketball: South Central loses in OT in O-D Sectional

Updated: February 5, 2013 11:30PM



HAMLET — The Class 1A Oregon-Davis Sectional got off to a dramatic start Tuesday evening, as South Central fell 41-39 in overtime to Culver Community.

The Satellites had a potential game-winning shot in regulation, with Jill Rosenbaum feeding a wide-open Riley Popplewell with seconds left, but the ball hung on the rim before rolling out, and the game went into overtime.

“That was one of 42 shots we took,” Satellites coach Rick Budka said. “Riley gave us an outstanding defensive effort. We wouldn’t have been where we were without her. I told our girls, just give us a chance at the end of the game; they did that. Popplewell and Jill Rosenbaum averaged 28 points a game this season, and Jill gave us 23 tonight, and her defense was spectacular.”

Culver got five points from Donna Zehner in overtime, and the Cavaliers forced a couple of key South Central turnovers to clinch the victory. One of those was a Zehner steal that helped the Satellites take the lead for good at 39-37.

“Zehner was huge for us,” Culver coach Gina Herlmeier said.

Budka said that his team traveled with him to scout the Culver-Glenn game, and that a couple of his girls suggested that a 2-3 zone would help them against the Cavaliers. The Satellites opened with the 2-3, which they hadn’t used all year.

“We stymied them in the first half,” Budka said.

“We weren’t prepared for a 2-3 zone, it caught us off guard,” Herlmeier said. “Rosenbaum (and Popplewell) were killing us.”

Popplewell guarded Culver standout Kayla Shaffer, holding her to nine points.

Rosenbaum finished with 13 rebounds and four steals, as well as three blocks. Popplewell had eight points, seven rebounds and three steals.



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