The South Decatur girls basketball team concluded the 2012 portion of its season on a positive note.
The visiting Lady Cougars defeated host Jac-Cen-Del 55-53 Monday night in overtime, their first win over the Lady Eagles since the sectional championship in February 2009.
Junior Ashley Johannigman hit the game-winning basket before the buzzer, helping the Lady Cougars come back from a 13-point deficit.
The game was tied at 45-all after regulation.
JCD took away South's main scoring threat, junior Julia Miller, who ended the night with four points. The other seven Cougars, though, were able to overcome and adjust.
“Definitely, everyone stepped up their game,” said Macy. “They were double teaming Julia so we were able to see gap in zone and take advantage of that.”
Macy emphasized to her team the importance of ending the year on a positive note and returning in January after a win.
“We talked about that before the game,” she said.”We wanted to finish this year out strong and start a streak for the new year.”
Junior Ashley Johannigman ended the night with a triple-double – 14 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, and two steals away from a quadruple-double (eight steals). Johannigman hit the game-winning 3-pointer over North Decatur early in the season.
Macy called her performance the best of her career as a third-year starter.
“She was mentally tough throughout the whole game,” said Macy. “We were not getting many calls on drives to basket and her shot was not falling like she would like, so I think she definitely stepped it up and played a great overall game. We tell her she has to keep shooting even when shots aren't falling and her teammates look to her at end of game to take that shot.”
Macy said South took as much satisfaction over beating JCD as it did beating a sectional opponent.
“I think just a win over JCD is something,” she said. “We haven't done that in a while.”
Sophomore guard Megan Niese led South with a career-high 22 points. Johannigman added 14 points, including eight in the extra session, and senior Sam Miller scored 15.
“With the double team on Julia, Sam was able to find the middle open spot and she definitely looked to attack the basket more,” said Macy of Sam Miller's approach to scoring.
Macy also credited Niese with her offensive performance.
“She got down the court offensively and got some wide open looks from passes from AJ,” she said. “She was also ready to shoot when the ball was swung to her. She can shoot - she just has to be ready to do it, and she has to think shoot first - which is what we tell each player.”
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