Southridge tops PC

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By Larry Goffinet

HUNTINGBURG—Perry Central contained Southridge star center Austin Rasche, but the forwards combined for 40 points as the Raiders won 75-56 in boys basketball Friday.

Rasche, who had 20 points and 19 rebounds in last year’s game against the Commodores, was held to eight points.

But Kyle Hagen scored 26 points, Broc Roesner 17, and Aaron Goeppner 14 for the Raiders.

Forwards Goeppner and Hagen each made two inside baskets as the Raiders jumped to a 13-6 lead in the first six minutes.

They each scored inside twice again in the third quarter--one a dunk by the 6-5 Goeppner--as the Raiders expanded their lead to 47-34.

Hagen hit two three-point shots early in the fourth quarter--the second after a three-pointer by Perry Central guard Reuben Schwartz had cut the Raiders’ lead to 50-41.

“We knew Rasche was a good player and when he had the ball we had to be ready to help,” said Perry Central Coach Matt Carter.

“He got a couple of rebound baskets. Goeppner also hurt us on the boards a little bit and he got some transition baskets.

“And Hagen hit back -to-back threes in the fourth quarter when we had cut (Southridge’s lead) to eight I believe.”

The Raiders outshot the Commodores from the field 56.0 percent to 38.9 percent.

“It’s going to be hard to compete with a team that’s good if you can’t hold them under 50 percent (shooting),” said Carter.

“I thought offensively we played pretty decent,” he added. “We got to the paint off the dribble and then made some strong moves to the basket or kicked it out to shooters.”

Alex Rogier led Perry Central with 21 points. Ian Hahus added 13 points and a team-high five rebounds.

Reuben Schwartz added nine points, five assists and four steals and Trevor King scored nine points on three three-point baskets.

Perry Central slipped to 5-4 while Southridge, ranked eighth in the state in Class 3A, improved to 7-1.

The Commodores will host Orleans for their homecoming game Friday at 7 p.m.

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Southridge won the junior varsity game 49-29.

Tanner Cassidy had 11 points and three rebounds, Kyle Troesch scored eight points, and Derek Thomas made six steals for Perry Central, 5-3.