The opening of the 2016-17 girls basketball season was unfriendly for the Rising Sun Lady Shiners and new head coach Abby Friend.
Rising Sun opened the season on Thursday, Nov. 10th with a 65 to 29 loss at Lawrenceburg.
The combination of Carrigan to Groover was one that Rising Sun fans hoped they would see a lot of this season. However, it was freshman Saige Groover (not older sister Danyka Groover) who scored the first Rising Sun basket of the season off an assist from Lucy Carrigan. It tied the game and would be the only points of the opening quarter, after which Lawrenceburg was ahead 18 to 2.
The Shiner coach, who last coached in 2011 for Lawrenceburg, started the season with sophomore guard Kiera Oser out with a shoulder injury and the team’s tallest player (Danyka Groover ) serving as manager after a knee injury in volleyball. Erica Schraeder and Allee Howlett still need practices before being eligible.
That forced four freshmen into action on varsity and canceled reserve basketball contests for the first two games.
It was 22 to 2 before Carrigan scored the first of a game high 22 points. However, she picked up three first half fouls and coach Friend was forced to rotate offense and defense for the final four minutes of the half.
Lawrenceburg’s full-court press forced the inexperienced Shiners into 35 turnovers. They had a comfortable 42 to 10 halftime lead and led 55 to 23 after three quarters.
Rising Sun’s woes continued as junior Jayden McAlister played just a few minutes of the first half before having breathing problems.
Carrigan finished with 7-for-10 from 2-point range, 1-for-5 from 3-point range, 5-for-8 at the line, five rebounds two assists and a steal. The only other field goals for the Shiners were a 3-poointer by Joanna Rhoades and Groover’s opening basket. Freshman Emma Levi and junior Chelsea Brown had a free throw each.
Sydney Bostic was scoreless but had five rebounds and a steal. Freshmen Kinsey Price and Sydney Pitts played but did not score.
Rising Sun was 10-for-31 from the field including 2-for-9 from behind the arc plus 7-for-12 at the free throw line.
All 12 Lawrenceburg players scored with junior Brooke Boyd coming off the bench for a team high 12 points. Makenna White and Juliana Kemper had nine, Radenheimer seven, Emma Pennington, Allie Hildebrand, Hailey Knippenberg, and Sienna Lenke four, Josie Denton three, Baylee Blackburrn two and Cayla Lansing one.
The Tigers made 24 field goals including two 3-pointers and were 15-for-26 at the line. They had 21 steals.
Rising Sun hosted South Decatur in its home opener on Friday, Nov. 11th and battled their potential sectional foe before falling 39 to 34.
South Decatur held Rising Sun scoreless in the first quarter, 12-0. Although they won each of the remaining three quarters, Rising Sun couldn’t overcome the slow start.
Rising Sun cut the deficit to 18 to 10 at the half on a 3-pointer by Rhoades. They trailed by six headed into the final eight minutes, 26-20.
The closest they came was 31-26 after a free throw by Pitts.
South Decatur sealed the win with 8-for-10 at the line.
Carrigan led the Shiners with 21 points, 14 rebounds and eight steals. Brown added seven points with Rhoades scoring five and Pitts one.
Brown added six rebounds, McAlister five, Bostic and Levi three each.
Rising Sun was 6-for-24 from 2-point range while 5-for-18 from 3-point range They had 26 turnovers and 12 steals.
The difference in the game came with South Decatur holding a 41 to 27 rebounding advantage and connecting on 15-for-29 at the free throw line as Rising Sun was 7-for-18.
South Decatur senior Stacy Fox tied Carrigan for game high scoring honors with 21 points plus 12 rebounds and three steals. The Lady Cougars were 12-for-40 from the field plus 0-for-6 from outside the arc.
Rising Sun heads to Switzerland County on Friday for the first Ruler of the River rivalry game then visit Waldron (another potential sectional foe) on Saturday at 6:30.