Rising Sun improved to .500 on the season with its 68-38 win over Shawe on Thursday, Jan. 25th.
It was parent night and the final home game of Lucy Carrigan. She scored 22 points. She is shy of breaking the scoring record by 41 points heading into the sectional Wednesday.
. In two games this past week, Lucy did not score her 24 point per game average. It wasn’t that she was held under her average. Instead she made her team better. Unselfish all season, Lucy will lead her team into the sectional better than its ever been. The standing ovation she received after exiting her home court for the final time was well deserved. A season and career of accolades for her statistics won’t show her real impact. If you missed the game, the real picture will show how confident the players
Many people wonder what it will be like after she graduates. Now is the time to find out. The sectional is known as the second season.
Rising Sun had four players in double figures in Ohio River Valley Conference win over Shawe to finish third in th ORVC at 4-2 behind Jac-Cen-Del and South Ripley.
The Lady Shiners fought for a win that improved them to 11-11. Lucy scored 22 (under her average the last two games) but Thursday night was a great night for Shiner basketball. You could see the confidence and fight in every player. She finished with 8-for-9 at the line while adding six rebounds, five steals and three assists.
Danyka Groover scored 13 points and eight boards. Maddi Wilson had 11 points and five rebounds. Sydney Pitts added 10. Paige Groover finished with a season high seven including two technical free throws as confident as one could be.
Kinsey Price with added three and Emma Levi two. It wasn’t just scoring but the defensive effort and hustle. Sydney Bostic did not score but every player is key both offensively and defensively. It’s that teamwork that has developed over the year and most notable the past two games.
It was Rising Sun’s best shooting game of the season with 25-for-50 from the field and 18-for-25 from the free throw line. The Shiners had 32 rebounds and had just eight turnovers.
Rising Sun led 16 to 8 after one quarter and pulled ahead 31 to 18 at the half and 46 to 28 after three quarters
Thursday’s team effort showed that Rising Sun has what it takes to win its opening sectional game Wednesday and to advance to Friday’s semi-final and a chance to make the finals. One game at a time.
Head coach Abby Friend was heard telling her niece Lucy, “You get to play the game you love”
Great players make other players better around them. That’s something Lucy has done.
Shawe was led by Kate Grote with 14. Megan Hesse added 11 followed by Abigail Hill five, Grace McAllister four, Phobe Grote two and Katelyn May two.