PC girls pull away from Orleans late

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By Larry Goffinet

ORLEANS—Perry Cen-tral hit 10 of 18 shots from the field in the second half to beat Orleans 44-37 in PLAC girls basketball Thursday.
The Commodores, 12-2 overall and 5-0 in the PLAC, clinched at least a tie for the conference title with the win.
They hit only 4 of 25 shots from the field in the first half but still trailed only 18-14 at halftime.
“We had good looks—it wasn’t like we were taking bad shots,” said Perry Central Coach Bill Dickerson.
They got hot in the third quarter.
Lavina Schwartz hit a three-point shot and Deidra Dickerson hit two three-pointers and a two-pointer in a three-minute span to give them the lead for good.
They built their lead to 11 points with 21⁄2 minutes left in the game.
“Then we just made some turnovers and they cut it to five points and had the ball with a minute to go,” said Dickerson.
“It seemed like every time they got close, though, our defense stepped up and made a big stop.”
Schwartz led the Commodores with 14 points on 4 of 7 field-goal shooting and 4 of 6 free throws. She also had six assists and two steals.
Dickerson added nine points, three blocked shots, three steals and three assists.
Ashley Graves grabbed 10 rebounds and Katie Schwartz and Tessa Lynch each added six. Lynch got all six of hers at the Commodores’ offensive end.
Senior forward-guard Lauren Berning led Orleans with 15 points, including two three-point baskets.
“They shot real well the first half,” said Bill Dickerson. “We tightened up our defense in the second half and put a little more pressure on them—I thought that was the key.”
The Commodores used a variety of defenses in the first quarter but played man-to-man from the second quarter on.
Orleans fell to 6-5 overall, 0-2 in the conference.
Perry Central’s only remaining conference game is at Mitchell Jan. 29.
“If we take care of business, we’ll win the conference (outright),” said Dickerson.
The Commodores will play at Heritage Hills Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
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Perry Central won the junior varsity game 34-33 in overtime as Sydney Goffinet scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Rosa Schwartz added seven points for the 6-4 Commodores.