Lady Shiners can’t hold off South Ripley offense, fall 80-33

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The Rising Sun Lady Shiner basketball team made the long, dark, rainy trek to Versailles last Thursday night to take on the Lady Raiders of South Ripley, and things didn’t get much better inside the gym, as South Ripley rolled to an 80-33 win.

Rising Sun junior Lucy Carrigan came into the game needing 22 points to reach the 1,000-point scoring mark for her career; and managed to get close – as she recorded 19 points before fouling out to leave her just three points short of the milestone.

South Ripley took control of the game early, racing out to a 25-7 lead after one quarter of play. Sydney Bostic got the Lady Shiners on the board first with a three-pointer; and Carrigan had the other two field goals.

The Lady Raiders saw sophomore Morgan Peetz get hot early, accounting for 12 points in the first quarter by herself; while Julia Rea had five points in the first; Kiley Sparks had four; and Toria Tucker and Elexah Roepke had two each.

Rising Sun’s offense accounted for 10 points in the second period, as Carrigan added four more; Bostic had three in the quarter; Emma Levi had a basket; and Saige Groover chipped in a freethrow.

South Ripley’s offense slowed down a bit in the second, scoring only 16 points; but Peetz stayed hot with six more points and Roepke contributed four more.

At the halftime break, South Ripley led Rising sun by a score of 41-17.

The third quarter was more of the same, as South Ripley used its press defense and inside height advantage to limit the Lady Shiners. Rising Sun managed eight points in the stanza; while the Lady Raiders tacked on 17 more to grab a 58-25 lead after three.

Carrigan continued her steady play in the third, scoring all eight of the Rising Sun points; but the Lady Shiners couldn’t string together a run big enough to cut into the South Ripley lead.

Sparks took over the scoring duties for the Lady Raiders in the third, scoring seven points; while Roepke added another four.

With the outcome no longer in doubt, all eyes turned to Carrigan’s run at 1,000 career points as the final quarter got underway. With 16 points through the first three quarters, the junior sharpshooter drilled a three-pointer early in the final stanza to draw to within three points of the mark; but she couldn’t get anymore shots to fall; and with 2:17 she was whistled with her fifth foul, sending her to the bench and setting up her 1,000th point for a home game against Southwestern that was to be played on Tuesday night, January 17th.

South Ripley kept the hot hand throughout the final period, scoring another 21 points in the quarter to end with a 47-point win, 80-33.

Rising Sun had another eight-point quarter; and along with Carrigan’s three; Bostic converted another three-pointer, and Sydney Pitts also added a field goal.

Carrigan led Rising Sun with 19 points on the night; while Bostic finished with nine points; Pitts and Levi had two each; and Grooved chipped in one.

South Ripley was led by Peetz with 20; Roepke with 14; Sparks with 13; and Rea had nine.

The loss dropped Rising Sun’s overall record to 2-15 on the season; and the Lady Shiners finish off regular season action with the home game with Southwestern this past Tuesday; and then a home game with Jac-Cen-Del tonight (Thursday). Then it’s a trip to Shawe Memorial this Saturday, January 21st; then home with Switzerland County on Tuesday, January 24th. The

regular season then wraps on Friday, January 27th, with a home game against Providence Cristo Rey.