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ORLEANS—Ashley Graves shook off some foul trouble to score 23 points as Perry Central beat Orleans 54-32 in PLAC girls basketball Thursday.
Perry Central jumped to a 28-14 lead, but Coach Bill Dickerson then sat Graves and Edwards out for the closing minutes of the second quarter because each had two fouls.
Orleans then scored the last seven points of the half and the first two of the third quarter to cut the gap to 28-23. Then Graves picked up her third foul.
Dickerson left her in then, though. “She’s got to learn to play with some fouls,” he said.
The Commodores then went on a 10-0 run, including two rebound baskets by Graves.
“Our kids responded well,” said Dickerson.
Graves scored eight points that quarter and hit 11 of 17 for the game. She also had 15 rebounds, two blocked shots, two assists and two steals.
“Orleans had very little size, and Ashley’s hard to stop when she gets the ball in the post,” said Dickerson. “And the kids are always looking for her. Morgan (Richardson) did a fantastic job finding her—she had six assists.”
Sophomore guard Brit-tany Parker scored 14 points to back Graves, hitting 7 of 12 from the field. And Edwards hit two key three-point shots in the first quarter.
“Besides Hannah, we didn’t shoot very well from the perimeter,” said Dickerson. “Most of our baskets were on layups or cuts to the basket.”
That allowed the Commodores to hit 53.2 percent from the field.
The Commodores had assists on 18 of their 25 baskets. Edwards had four and Parker three to back Richardson in that department.
Shelbi Samsil scored 15 points to lead Orleans. The other four Bulldog starters combined to score only eight points.
Perry Central improved to 7-2 overall with its sixth consecutive win and 3-0 in the PLAC. Orleans fell to 4-5 overall and 0-1 in the conference.
The Commodores will play Tell City in the PSC tourney at Heritage Hills tonight at 5:30.
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Orleans won the JV game 24-17.
Autumn Lain scored eight points to lead 3-5 Perry Central. Skyly Cummings grabbed seven rebounds and Brynnan Underhill made three steals.