Lady Rebs rout Milan 81-15 on senior night
Friday, January 18, 2013 10:00 AM
Seniors Savannah Hubbard and Morgan Mahoney each posted career-highs in scoring to lead Southwestern to an 81-15 rout of Milan on senior night Thursday in Hanover.
Hubbard had 21 points and Mahoney scored 18 for the Lady Rebels, who have now won back-to-back games for the first time this season. Sophomore Debbie Hardy added 13 points as nine different players scored in the rout.
"This was a nice game for us. We needed this one," Southwestern coach Kenny Garrett said. "Milan was very physical and they weren't going to let us shoot the ball inside. But our defense was outstanding. We gave up only 15 points, 10 in the second half. That was nice to see."
Southwestern sprinted out to a 21-2 lead after the first quarter and led 38-5 at halftime. Things only got worse from there as the Rebels led 62-11 after three quarters.
Garrett played everybody at his disposal and 12 different players saw significant time in the game. But despite the 81 points, the Southwestern coach still believes his team's offense can play better.
"We still have some work to do on offense. We're playing better but we can't win the sectional with this offense just yet," Garrett said. "We have some good shooters and we need to shoot the ball better to take some of the heat off Morgan (Mahoney) inside. If not, team's are just going to collapse on her all day."
The 81 points were the most that Southwestern has scored in a game since an 86-38 win over Shawe on Nov. 26, 2010. The 15 points are the fewest the Rebels have allowed since holding Shawe to 10 in a 73-10 win on Nov. 28, 2008.
The 66-point win margin is the largest for Southwestern since the 2002 state championship season. That year, the Rebels beat Milan 103-27 (76 points) on Dec. 11, 2001 and Shawe 106-38 (68 points) on Jan. 7, 2002. The school record is 77 set in a 90-13 win over New Washington on Feb. 5, 1992.
Southwestern, now 6-13 overall and 3-1 in the Ohio River Valley Conference, visits Jac-Cen-Del and Switzerland County to close out the season. The Lady Rebels are one game back in the loss column behind both South Ripley and Switzerland County and still have a chance at the conference crown.
"We're not out of the race at all and if we win those games and get a break we can make it a three-way race," Garrett said. "Hopefully we can go into the sectional with a little momentum. Winning four in a row and five out of six? I'll take that."
THURSDAY'S GIRLS GAME
SOUTHWESTERN 81, MILAN 15
MILAN 2 3 6 4 - 15
SOUTHWESTERN 21 17 24 19 - 81
MILAN (1-16, 0-6 ORVC) - Morrisey 4, Miller 4, (g)Herzog 3, (f)White 2, (f)Hoffrogger 2, (g)Lacey 0, (c)Gauck 0, Beck 0, Sever 0, Schmidt 0, Widener 0.
SOUTHWESTERN (6-13, 3-1 ORVC) - (f)Hubbard 21, (c)Mahoney 18, Hardy 13, (g)Lawson 8, Ison 5, (g)Brawner 4, Courtney 4, (f)McKinley 3, Moore 1, Reuda 0, Garrett 0, Bruther 0.
3-Point Goals - Milan 0, Southwestern 4 (Hubbard 2, McKinley 1, Hardy 1). Total Fouls - Milan 21, Southwestern 8. Free Throws - Milan 1-4, Southwestern 19-30. Fouled Out - None. Next Game - Milan hosts Oldenburg Tuesday. Southwestern visits Jac-Cen-Del Thursday.