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November 24, 2013

Prep basketball: Third quarter lifts Harrison over South girls

TERRE HAUTE — In Cara Stuckey’s two seasons as girls basketball coach at Terre Haute South High School, the Braves had never lost three games in a row — until Saturday night.

Evansville Harrison outscored South 19-7 in the third quarter while defeating the host Braves 56-49.

South trailed 45-33 going into the fourth quarter and was down 51-37 with 2:30 to play. South’s Lauren Perrelle hit three 3-point shots in the fourth quarter, two in the final minute to cut the final margin.

Perrelle led South with 15 points and Lauren Hambrock finished with 10.

“[Perrelle] has earned her starting spot with her shooting and her quickness on defense,” South coach Cara Stuckey said.

Evansville Harrison’s Brianye Copeland, a 5-foot-8 junior, led all scorers with 19 points and controlled the tempo with her speed and quickness off eight rebounds.

“[Copeland] was the different tonight. We couldn’t stop her quickness,” Stuckey said.

South turned the ball over 21 times and many of those turned into layups.

“Our No. 1 thing tonight was to get back on defense, but we gave up to many easy opportunities on turnovers and missed shots,” Stuckey said.

South was lucky to be tied 26-26 at halftime. The Braves turned the ball over 12 times against the quicker Warriors.

After a 6-0 run by Lauren Hambrock got the Braves off to an early 6-0 lead, the Warriors went on a 17-3 run. By stealing the ball off the Braves’ dribble, the Warriors took a 17-9 lead into the second quarter.

Falling back into a zone defense, South started digging out of the eight-point hole in the second quarter. Ali Danielson’s basket at the 6:55 ended South’s eight-minute drought without a field goal.

The Braves started getting the ball inside, which opened Kayla Speth for a pair of three-point buckets. A Speth free throw tied the score at 26-26.

“It was nice to see Kayla [Speth] get out of her [shooting] funk the first half,” Stuckey said.

The Braves hit just 1 of 7 shots from the floor and turned the ball over six times in the third quarter when the Warriors took control of the contest.

The Braves were 5 of 17 from the floor in the fourth quarter.

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