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LEOPOLD—Austin Rasche had 20 points and 19 rebounds as Southridge beat Perry Central 61-52 in boys basketball Friday.
Rasche, a 6-foot-5 sophomore center, hit 8 of 10 shots from the field and helped the Raiders dominate the rebounding 38-24.
“He’s a nice player,” said Perry Central Coach Matt Carter. “He’s a tough matchup. He can play inside or out—he’s not just a back-to-the-basket post player.”
He made four rebound baskets, including two in a 9-3 Southridge run that gave the Raiders a 48-30 lead with 1:20 left in the third quarter.
Perry Central battled back within six, 52-46, on a three-point basket by Alex Rogier with 2:38 left in the game.
But Southridge scored the next eight points on three inside baskets—one a transition layup—and two free throws to put the game away.
Uncharacteristically, the Raiders had hit just 8 of 21 free throws until Brett Roesner made those two.
Their missed free throws and 21 turnovers helped keep Perry Central in the game.
But several times after their turnovers Perry Central turned it back over to them—the Commodores had 17 turnovers for the game, including 11 in the first half.
“The first half we really got stagnant with our offense,” said Carter. “We weren’t setting screens, we weren’t ready to shoot when we got the ball, and we didn’t attack off the dribble in the first half.
“They (the Raiders) stepped up and made some from the perimeter in the first half. And when they did miss, they got nine offensive rebounds that half.”
Reuben A. Schwartz led Perry Central with 15 points and Alex Rogier added 12.
Ian Hahus grabbed eight rebounds for the Commodores and Rogier pulled down six.
Perry Central fell to 6-4 while Southridge, ranked sixth in the state in Class 3A, improved to 9-1.
The Commodores will visit Orleans Friday at 7 p.m.
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Southridge won the junior varsity game 49-35.
Andrew Harpenau scored seven points for 7-2 Perry Central. Nathan Schwartz and Trevor King each added six points.