Perry Central holds off Rebels

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Sports Editor

TELL CITY—Skyly Cummings and Brittany Parker hit key free throws in the final minute to lift Perry Central past South Spencer 59-54 in the first round of the PSC Holiday Tip-Off girls basketball tourney Saturday.
Perry Central led by 12 points with 6:30 left but South Spencer rallied to tie the score twice, the last time on two free throws by Sarah Lindsey with 1:18 left.
Cummings then hit two free throws to put Perry Central up 56-54.
The Commodores then made a steal and Parker was quickly fouled. She made 1 of 2 at the line to increase their lead to three.
Mattison Bartlett then missed an inside shot for the Rebels. Parker grabbed the rebound, was fouled again, and hit both free throws to seal the outcome.
Morgan Richardson scored 16 points to lead Perry Central. Parker and Hannah Edwards each added 16.
Parker grabbed seven rebounds and Cummings added six.
Edwards made eight steals and Richardson had seven assists.
Sophomore forward Jus-tice Taylor led South Spencer with 12 points and eight rebounds.
Perry Central outshot the Rebels from the field 37.3 percent to 33.3 percent.
Heritage Hills used strong offensive rebounding in the last 19 minutes to beat Perry Central 62-55 in the second round Saturday evening.
Perry Central led most of the first quarter and was still tied 24-24 after Parker hit 1 of 2 free throws with 2:48 left in the first half.
But a rebound basket by C.J. Nance started a 6-0 Patriot run than gave them the lead for good.
Nance, Kayla Hoppenjans and Madison Fella each made a rebound basket in the first 3:07 of the third quarter as the Patriots increased their lead to 40-31.
Heritage Hills grabbed 11 offensive rebounds for the game.
“I think that was the key stat of the game,” said Perry Central Coach Ty Guillaume. “We’ve been outrebounding teams all year, but they killed us there.
“I think we missed some block-outs and they started attacking the glass.”
Heritage Hills Coach Kim Brown said she told her players at halftime that “we weren’t playing to our advantage (superior height inside).”
Parker scored 18 points, Richardson 15, and Edwards 13 for Perry Central. Parker and Sydney Goffinet each grabbed seven rebounds.
Maddie Fella led the 4-4 Patriots with 19 points.