TERRE HAUTE —
Less than a week after an 18-point loss to Plainfield, Terre Haute South came out determined in its rematch with the Quakers at the Terre Haute North girls basketball sectional.
The Braves played Plainfield even in the first quarter and only a buzzer-beating 3-pointer allowed the Quakers to take a 1-point halftime lead.
The game was still tied at 45-45 with 5:18 to play on a free throw by Kylie Fendrick of South, but the Quakers dominated the remainder of the contest and escaped with a 65-54 win.
South hit just 2 of 10 field goals in the final period and committed seven of its 19 lethal turnovers in the period.
“I was really proud of how hard the girls played,” dejected coach Cara Stuckey of South said. “We competed and gave them a game, but our turnovers and rebounding killed us like they have all year.”
The Braves got a pair of 3-pointers from sophomore Lauren Hambrock in the opening period to earn the 13-13 tie at the first stop, and Hambrock added five more in the second period as the Braves hung tough.
Hambrock opened the second half with South’s first two hoops, and Meaghan Etling nailed four straight free throws to bring South even at 33-33 with 3:56 left in the period.
The remainder of the period was played evenly, with Plainfield taking a 40-39 advantage into the final period.
Coach Curt Benge sent his team into more of a trapping and pressure defense in the final period, and the Quakers responded with several steals and breakaway layups.
After the 45-45 tie, Plainfield scored the next nine points in a span of about 90 seconds and broke the game open. South got a six-point run in the final two minutes on a basket by Kennedy Williams and two free throws each by Hambrock and Kayla Speth to cut the gap to 60-54 with 1:08 left.
South wouldn’t score again, however, and the Quakers hit four more free throws to account for the final score.
Hambrock paced South with 21 points and added five rebounds, while Speth had 10 points and Bailey Willliams added seven points. Etling contributed eight rebounds.
Fendrick was the only South starter to have played in her final high school game, leaving Stuckey and the Braves a lot of hope for the future.
“She and Bailey Williams gave us a lot of leadership out there,” Stuckey said. “We started four underclassmen and have a lot of talent coming back; it just depends on whether they want to put in the work to get better.”
PLAINFIELD (64) — Wilson 2-6 0-0 6, Spears 2-9 6-10 10, Ferrell 1-4 2-7 4, Reeder 6-14 0-2 12, Casteel 5-10 3-4 15, Shurig 0-1 2-4 2, Blackwell 4-6 0-0 8, Dostin 0-1 2-2 2, Gilmore 0-0 0-0 0, O’Day 1-2 2-2 5. Totals 21-58 FG, 17-31 FT, 64 TP.
TERRE HAUTE SOUTH (54) — Perrelle 0-5 0-0 0, K.Williams 2-4 1-2 6, Etling 1-3 4-7 6, Hambrock 7-16 5-5 21, Fendrick 0-10 3-5 3, Danielson 0-0 1-2 1, B.Williams 1-2 5-6 7, Speth 2-5 6-6 10, Davis 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 13-47 FG, 25-35 FT, 54 TP
Plainfield 13 13 14 21 — 64
Terre Haute South 13 12 14 15 — 54
3-point goals – Wilson 2, Casteel 2, O’Day, K.Williams, Hambrock 2.
Next — Terre Haute South ended its season at 7-14. Plainfield (14-6) will play Brownsburg on Friday night in the semifinals. Mooresville and Martinsville meet in the other semifinal game.