Going into the season, one of the South Central girls basketball team’s goals was a 20-win season. With six regular season games remaining and a record of 15-3, there’s a good chance the Lady Cougars will reach their goal before the regional tournament.
South Central picked up its 15th victory on Monday night at North Clay, downing the Cardinals 58-48 in a dramatic come-from-behind win.
Trailing by five entering the final period, South Central knocked down 11 of 14 free-throw attempts, outscoring North Clay 19-4 in the fourth quarter.
The Lady Cougars trailed the whole game. They fell behind 14-10 in the first quarter and were down by seven at the end of the half.
Strong performances by Kelsey Uphold and Audrey Matheny coming out of the intermission got the comeback going, as the two combined for 11 points in the third quarter.
Matheny scored seven points in the fourth quarter and hit five straight free throws, to help the Lady Cougars retake and hold the lead. Uphold also scored seven in the quarter, after struggling in the first half.
North Clay made only two shots from the field in the fourth quarter and struggled with fouls, sending South Central to the line 27 times throughout the night.
Matheny had a team-high 18 points and seven rebounds. Uphold had 15, 13 of which came in the second half. Ashley Pollard hit three three-pointers in the first half and finished the night with 11 points, three steals and three assists. Krista Lotz had an all-around game, as she scored eight points, and had nine rebounds and five assists.
The Lady Cougars were 16-for-27 (59 percent) from the free-throw line and hit four threes.
South Central has a 10-day layoff and will be back in action on Jan. 21 when it hosts Altamont.
South Central 54
In what was the opening round and only game the Lady Cougars would play in the MTC Tournament, South Central manhandled Cisne, 54-17, last Monday. The tournament, which was to conclude later in the week, was canceled due to the weather.
South Central had only one player in double figures, but Audrey Matheny's 16 would be all it needed. Matheny was a perfect 7-for-7 from the field and scored eight points in the first quarter.
The Lady Cougars took a quick stranglehold of the game and were never in danger of losing their lead. They led 31-7 at the half and allowed only two points by Cisne in the third quarter.
Cisne's eight points in the final period nearly doubled the team's total for the first three quarters.
Alexis Phillips and Ashley Pollard each had seven points, and three Lady Cougars had six.
Matheny was also the team's leading rebounder with six.
Two players scored 18 of Cisne's 19 points.