The South Decatur girls basketball team sent home the Lady Cougar faithful happy Saturday with a 64-43 win over visiting Shawe Memorial Saturday.
The Lady Cougars found themselves down 20-14 after the first quarter, but South was able to adjust heading into the next eight minutes. South took a 35-31 lead into the break on the strength of its defense. South’s press helped changed the momentum in the first half.
“We turned up the defensive pressure a little and did some switching on defense. We started attacking the basket more as well,” said head coach Amy Macy.
The Lady Cougars held the Hilltoppers to six points in an 18-6 third-quarter run, and came away with the 21-point win after an 11-6 fourth-quarter advantage.
Leading South in scoring was 6-foot-1 junior Julia Miller with 20 points. She added six rebounds, three steals and two assists.
Having a big game was 6-foot junior Ashley Johannigman with a triple-double. Johannigman scored 19 points, a season-high, with 18 rebounds and 10 assists. She fell two steals short of a quadruple-double, with eight steals.
Sophomore Megan Neise scored 15 points and added four steals and two assists. Senior Sam Miller scored eight points and tallied four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Sophomore Olivia Watkins chipped in two points, four rebounds and one assist.
South tallied 37 rebounds and 18 steals.
Macy said the team needs to take more advantage of its edge in physical size.
“We usually have a size advantage,” she said. “We have to use it more and just finish when we get it inside.”
According to Macy, the victory was a win her team needed.
“It is a good one to have - against a sectional opponent as well,” she said. “We just need to have those kind of games from each player, every game. I think another thing also is that we knew if we kept the game close, that Shawe would get more confidence to stay with us (like Edinburgh), and we did not want the same result we had there.
Macy added that her team hasn’t taken any game - win or lose - for granted.
“Any time we win it is going to give us some positive feeling,” she said, “but we have learned this season that we learn just as much from losing as we do from winning.”
South visits Indian Creek Thursday night, a league game that starts at 7:30 p.m. instead of 6 p.m.
Contact Nick Gonnella at (812) 663-3111, x7003.