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South Central edges Brownstown to start season 4-0, blows out Vandalia

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By Jonathan Stark

Consistent play by Brownstown and poor shooting early on by South Central almost gave the Lady Cougars their first loss of the season and a huge upset by Brownstown.

South Central made only one of five shots in the first quarter of Monday night’s game against Brownstown. All five attempts were put up by Audrey Matheny. The Bombers' shooting was near-perfect as they hit four of five shots from the field, taking a 12-2 lead after the first quarter.

Brownstown continued to shoot well in the second quarter, but South Central was able to find its stroke and score 11 points in the period. The Bombers took a 20-13 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The Lady Cougars missed only one shot in the third quarter, scoring a game-high 14, in cutting the lead to 28-27. They were able to overtake Brownstown in the final quarter, outscoring the Bombers 11-8, getting the narrow, 38-36, win.

Senior Abbey Jones hit a big three-pointer and had five points in the fourth to fuel the Lady Cougars' win.

Kel-C Sefton had 10 points for the Bombers. Brooke Maxey was a point shy of a double-double, with nine points and 17 rebounds. Abby Hill also had nine points.

Brownstown was 12-for-17 from the field and 9-for-15 from the free-throw line.

Kelsey Uphold had 13 points and four steals for South Central. Matheny had nine points and 17 rebounds. Jones had five points and eight rebounds.

South Central moves to 4-0 on the season and will host Webber on Thursday at 6:15 p.m.

South Central 66

Vandalia 48

Vandalia freshman Amber Bruno scored a team-high 20 points last Tuesday, but it wasn’t enough, as South Central cruised to a 66-48 win.

Kelsey Uphold scored eight of the Lady Cougars' first-quarter 20 points, as they opened up a 20-10 lead on the Lady Vandals. Ashley Pollard and Abbey Jones combined for 10 points in the first, both hitting three-pointers. South Central did not miss a shot in the first quarter.

Bruno began to heat up in the second quarter, scoring seven of Vandalia’s 11 points in the quarter. Vandalia still trailed 34-21 at halftime.

Uphold and Bruno went toe-to-toe in the third quarter as both were perfect from the field. Bruno scored eight, while Uphold scored six. Bruno’s eight was part of the Lady Vandals' biggest quarter of the game, in which they scored 14. Despite the surge, Vandalia still trailed 51-35 going into the fourth quarter.

With a sense of urgency, Vandalia started putting up threes, and they started falling. Haley Wollerman hit two threes and Amy Walton drained one. Bruno, Vandalia’s most-potent offensive weapon, was held scoreless in the final quarter.

Wollerman finished with eight points and Walton had 12. Vandalia used just six players on the night, all of whom scored at least two points. Vandalia hit five threes and took just four foul shots.  

South Central had double-digit scoring from four players. Pollard and Uphold both had 18. Jones and Alexis Phillips each scored 10. Matheny had eight rebounds and four points before fouling out. Uphold had seven rebounds and Krista Lotz had eight assists.