Jac-Cen-Del outscored Southwestern by 10 points in the second quarter and then held on for a 54-46 win in girls basketball Thursday in Osgood.

The two teams were tied 11-11 after the first quarter but a switch to a zone defense allowed Jac-Cen-Del to outscore the Lady Rebels 20-10 in the second period and eventually ride that lead to the win.

"They came out in man-to-man which I not only expected but was hoping for," Southwestern coach Kenny Garrett said. "Then they went to the zone, let (point guard) Cass (Lawson) go and doubled Morgan (Mahoney) in the paint. We just didn't recover quickly enough."

Southwestern (6-14, 3-2 Ohio River Valley) trailed by 11 entering the fourth quarter and cut the lead to seven but couldn't get any closer. The Eagles then held on for the eight-point win.

"We had it down to seven then missed two uncontested layups, I mean wide open, back-to-back," Garrett said. "It really took the wind out of our sails. We still played hard, I can't complain about that."

Sophomore Debbie Hardy scored 14 points off the bench to lead Southwestern while Mahoney added 11.

Sydney Keene led three Jac-Cen-Del players in double figures with a game-high 18 points.

Jac-Cen-Del improved to 9-9 on the season and 4-1 in the ORVC. Meanwhile South Ripley (13-5) defeated Switzerland County 58-48 to remain unbeaten in the conference at 5-0 and clinch at least a share of the ORVC crown.

South Ripley and Jac-Cen-Del will play next Thursday in Osgood where a win by Jac-Cen-Del would force a tie for the conference championship.

Meanwhile Southwestern turns its sights to the upcoming sectional tournament in a couple of weeks. The Rebels travel to Switzerland County on Tuesday for their final regular season game.

"I am absolutely not giving up on the season. I still believe we can win the sectional but the girls have to believe it, too," Garrett said. "I know we can play with Austin. We were only down two after three quarters and we lost to Ripley by 10 but we shot 20 percent. We just have to stay positive and keep playing hard. If we do that, we can win."

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THURSDAY'S GIRLS GAME

at Osgood

JAC-CEN-DEL 54, SOUTHWESTERN 46



SOUTHWESTERN 11 10 14 11 - 46

JAC-CEN-DEL 11 20 15 8 - 54



SOUTHWESTERN (6-14, 3-2 ORVC) - Hardy 14, (c)Mahoney 11, (g)Lawson 9, (f)Hubbard 7, (f)McKinley 3, Courtney 2, (g)Brawner 0, Ison 0.

JAC-CEN-DEL (9-9, 4-1 ORVC) - (g)Keene 18, Wagner 13, (f)Ronsheim 10, (g)Hughes 5, (c)Volz 4, (f)Roberts 2, Menchoffer, 2, Day 0, Bruns 0.



3-Point Goals - Southwestern 3 (Hubbard 1, McKinley 1, Hardy 1), Jac-Cen-Del 7 (Keene 4, Wagner 2, Hughes 1). Total Fouls - Southwestern 20, Jac-Cen-Del 23. Free Throws - Southwestern 21-32 (66%), Jac-Cen-Del 9-18 (50%). Fouled Out - Jac-Cen-Del: Volz, Roberts. Next Game - Southwestern visits Switzerland Co. Tuesday. Jac-Cen-Del visits Greensburg Tuesday.