Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

December 11, 2012

Lady Cougars top Twisters 59-44

Nick Gonnella
Greensburg Daily News

Greensburg — The South Decatur girls basketball team executed a sharp offensive game in a 59-44 win over Oldenburg Academy Monday. The Lady Cougars scored early and often with the benefit of unselfish play against a potential sectional opponent.

The Cougars led OA 17-15 after the first eight minutes.

South’s margin fluctuated between four and seven points throughout the second quarter. Junior Julia Miller made it 28-21 on a 3-point play with 3:32 left in the first half, and senior Sam Miller assisted Julia Miller to make it 30-23. The Cougars, who improve to 3-8 on the season, led 32-26 at the break.

Junior Ashley Johannigman heated up for South in the second half. She scored three of her nine points on a 3-pointer to open the second half, starting a 10-0 South run. Junior Courtney Billingsley assisted Julia Miller to make it 37-26, and Billingsley later sent a Johannigman pass into the net.

South continued the sharing when Julia Miller found Johannigman under the basket to cap the run and take a 42-26 lead. Sophomore Megan Niese later assisted senior Sam Miller to extend it to 46-32 before OA scored eight straight points.

South outscored OA 13-4 in the fourth quarter. The Lady Cougars’ inside attack proved effective - particularly in the fourth quarter. Johannigman and Julia Miller scored most of their points in the paint, a method that took the sails out of a competitive Twister team.

“They’re a team that likes to slow the ball down and limit your points,” said Macy of OA’s strategy. “We did a good job of pushing the ball, but still pulling it back if we (didn’t see an open shot).”

Julia Miller led all scorers with 23 points. Megan Niese followed with 14, including a pair of early triples. Johannigman scored nine, all in the second half. Billingsley scored six, Sam Miller added five (3-for-4 from the foul line) and freshman Jessica Hearld chipped in two.

Anna Dickman led OA with 16 points. Kirsten Ricke followed with 12, while Rachel Fairfield chipped in eight.

Head coach Amy Macy was pleased with her team’s offensive execution and scoring distribution. The Lady Cougars recorded 20 assists against just 14 turnovers.

“We made good decisions and took care of the ball,” said Macy. “We’re our own worst enemy. When we come to play, we’re a tough team to beat.”

The Lady Cougars grabbed 34 rebounds, including 23 defensively.

Other stats:

Niese:  8 rebounds (3 defensive); 2 steals, 2 assists.

Billingsley:  4 assists, 4 def. rebounds, 1 offensive rebound.

Johannigman:  4 steals, 8 defensive rebounds, 9 assists, 1 block.

Sam Miller:  2 steals, 3 assists, 2 defensive rebounds.

Julia Miller:  2 assists, 5 def. rebounds, 3 off. rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block.

South hosts Morristown Thursday for a Hoopin’ for Heroes fundraiser to benefit the USO of Indiana. A dinner will take place at 5 p.m. with a silent auction, and the game will tip off at 6:30 p.m.

Contact Nick Gonnella at (812) 663-3111, x7003.