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LEOPOLD—Amanda Braunecker scored 11 early to propel Forest Park past Perry Central 53-43 in girls basketball Thursday.
Braunecker, a strong 5-foot-8 junior forward who was taller than any Perry Central starter, made five field goals from within 7 feet of the basket as the Rangers jumped to a 17-7 lead with 4:36 left in the first half.
She was fouled on one rebound basket and also made the free throw.
She finished with a game-high 16 points.
Perry Central Coach Bill Dickerson said Braunecker got off to a hot start because “they run a lot of high-low picks and we just didn’t recognize it. The second half we did a lot better job.”
Cold shooting (31.1 percent from the field) and a lack of rebounding (16 total, just two at the offensive end) also hurt the Commodores.
Dickerson said the Commodores “have got to be patient” on offense. “I don’t want to take away that aggressiveness, but we were taking it to the basket after one or two rotations.”
But they used good ball-handling (only 12 turnovers) and free-throw shooting (13 of 15 for 86.7 percent) and their quickness (15 steals) to try to get back in the game.
Hilarie Hahus hit a three-point shot from the top of the key to pull the Commodores within seven points of the Rangers, 48-41, with 1:41 left in the game.
Forest Park guard Andrea Schroering hit two free throws 35 seconds later, though, to build the Rangers’ lead back to nine.
Lavina Schwartz led Perry Central’s balanced scoring with 11 points. Rachael Rayford added 10 and Hahus and Deidra Dickerson each scored nine.
Dickerson made five steals, Rayford four, and Schwartz three.
Dickerson and Hahus each grabbed five rebounds.
Perry Central fell to 1-2 while the game was Forest Park’s season opener.
Forest Park won the junior varsity game 28-22.
Megan Lindauer had eight points and four steals for Perry Central, 2-1. Lindsey Gengelbach grabbed five rebounds.
Perry Central will visit Cannelton tonight at 6.