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South Decatur finds rhythm, downs Lancers

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After both teams started sloppy on offense, it was obvious that Monday’s girls basketball contest between visiting Edinburgh and South Decatur might be decided by the first team finding some offensive rhythm.

Eventually, South Decatur found its offensive flow, and the result was a 63-37 Mid-Hoosier Conference victory against the Lancers.

Shot selection was a problem for both teams in the first quarter, as were turnovers.

After struggling to a 14-12 lead early in the second quarter, South Decatur forced eight Lancers turnovers during an 18-0 run, and suddenly the Cougars had the game firmly in their grasp.

The run was highlighted by a pair of 3-point baskets by South Decatur freshmen Stacy Fox and Brooke Helms.

“We decided to change our defense into more of a zone,” said Lancers coach Amy Macy of South Decatur’s second quarter run. “Once they started hitting their shots, we just lost focus.

“We did not rotate very well, and our help-side defense was weak, too. That is one thing that I will have to work on with the girls at practice.

“When things are not going our way, we just have to find a way to adjust and get momentum back to us.”

Edinburgh couldn’t build any momentum. The Cougars built a 37-14 halftime lead and kept the offensive pressure on Edinburgh through the second half to stop any hint of a comeback.

“Stacy hit a couple of big shots for us during that stretch,” Cougars coach Jessica McConnell said of Fox. “If I ever need a 3-pointer at some point during the game, I know I can go to her. She is starting to come around better as an offensive player. She can shoot and she can drive to the basket and not be afraid to get that hard foul.”

McConnell also was pleased with her other freshman, Helms.

“Brooke sometimes can get down on herself a little bit,” McConnell said. “We just have to keep her head up because she has tons of potential, and we are looking to get that out of her more and more, and tonight she did a terrific job for us.”

Helms said she just felt comfortable.

“We just went back to our old offensive plays because we were more comfortable running them,” Helms said of the big run. “On defense we just forced them into a trap and it led us to some easy steals.”

The Cougars raised their record to 7-9 overall and 4-4 in conference play. The Lancers fell to 2-15 and 0-9.

Julia Miller and Fox led the scoring for the Cougars with 14 points each, and Megan Niese added 12 points.

Edinburgh was led in scoring by Vanessa Hoskins with nine points, and Brianna Howard finished with eight points.

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