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MARENGO—Perry Central hit a season-high 50.0 percent from the field and beat Crawford County 50-34 in PLAC girls basketball Thursday.
The Commodores won despite committing 19 turnovers and grabbing only five offensive rebounds. “Our shooting made up for a lot of that,” said Perry Central Coach Bill Dickerson.
“They probably outrebounded us overall,” he added. “And a lot of our turnovers were unforced—we’d dribble the ball off our foot or something. But Crawford County played pretty good defense too—I’ll give them credit for that.”
He also said the Commodores played strong defense. “Our press really bothered them in the third quarter.
“I thought our defense did a phenomenal job on their kids on the outside, especially (Chelsea) Jellison. I thought Lavina (Schwartz) and Rachael (Rayford) did a phenomenal job on Jellison, but the other kids helped.”
Jellison, whose forte is three-point shooting, was held to 12 points and no three-pointers.
Deidra Dickerson led Perry Central’s balanced attack with 11 points. Hilarie Hahus added nine and Schwartz and Tessa Lynch each scored eight.
Schwartz hit 2 of 2 from three-point range and Dickerson hit 2 of 3. Hahus hit 3 of 4 from the field overall.
“I thought Hilarie had one of her best games overall,” said Bill Dickerson. “She had seven rebounds and hit some shots when we had to have them.
“Deidra hit some key shots in the second half and so did Tessa. It seemed like whenever we needed a basket someone would get one.”
Katie Schwartz led the Commodores in rebounds with nine. Amy Schwartz made three steals and Rayford and Lavina Schwartz each had three assists.
Perry Central improved to 5-1 while Crawford County fell to 3-4. It was the first conference game for both.
The Commodores will host West Washington for another PLAC game tonight at 7.
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Perry Central won the junior varsity game 30-23 as Megan Lindauer and Ashley Graves each scored 10 points and Kristi Brumfield added eight.
Graves and Vikki Lutgring each pulled down six rebounds for the 3-2 Commodores, and Susan Schwartz had five assists.