Rising Sun battled once beaten and defending River Town Classic champion Lawrenceburg to extra time before The Lady Tigers prevailed 57 to 51 in overtime in the opening round of the 2018 girls tourney on Wednesday, Jan.3rd.
The game see sawed with seven straight lead changes to start the game before the Lady Tigers led 15 to 13 after one quarter.
The Lady Shiners pulled ahead by five after a pair of baskets by Maddi Wilson but Lawrenceburg managed to tie the game at 26 headed into halftime.
The tourney favorites picked up the pace with a second half press that led to a 10 point lead, 40 to 30. A pair of Lucy Carrigan 3-pointers brought RS to within three, 40 to 37 after three. Her second bomb from in the halfcourt circle was reminiscent of her uncle Toby Carrigan’s sectional winning shot against South Dearborn.
Lawrenceburg’s Juliana Kemper and Carrigan keyed the two teams’ offenses but also were matched up on each other defensively.
Freshman Wilson came up with a big basket and Carrigan tied the game to send it to overtime tied at 48.
Lawrenceburg took the lead in overtime but Wilson kept the Shiners in the game with a 3-pointer. However, Carrigan fouled out in halfway through the four minute overtime and the Tigers closed out the win on consecutive trips to the foul line.
Carrigan led the Shiners with 24 points including five 3-pointers, 10 rebounds, an assist, two steals and a block.
Danyka Groover came up one shy of her season high with 16 points and six rebounds. Wilson 9added nine points and two boards. Kinsey Price had the final two points for the Shiners.
Rising Sun was 18-for-56 from the field and 9-for-14 from the line.
Kemper led all scorers with 27 points with Makena White adding 12, Brooke Boyd six, Baylee Blackburn five, Jenna Farmer four, and Macey Radenheimer three.
It was a well played game with Rising Sun committing just 10 turnovers and Lawrenceburg nine. The Tigers had a 34 to 27 rebounding advantage.