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February 13, 2014

Rebounding woes hurt South in loss at Bloomington South

BLOOMINGTON — Lack of size continued to plague visiting Terre Haute South in high school basketball Thursday night.

Playing a soon-to-be Conference Indiana rival at Bloomington South, the Braves posted the same unbelievably bad statistic for the second time in three games and added a new one, falling 86-58 to the host Panthers.

As they had in the Ben Davis game six days ago, the Braves managed to go through an entire quarter — the second one Thursday — without grabbing a single rebound.

That led to an even worse stat: because the Braves didn't get any rebounds, and because the host Panthers didn't have a turnover in those eight minutes, the visitors didn't get a defensive stop the entire period, falling behind by 20 before a last-second 3-pointer by Jaylen Minnett cut the lead to 40-23 at halftime.

"We need to rebound better as a team, and it's all the way around," coach Scott Ridge of the Braves said after the game. "When [6-foot-6] Timmy [Herrin] went out in foul trouble, [the Panthers] dominated us."

The Braves scored in the opening seconds of the game and had a 2-0 lead for more than three minutes. Bloomington then got baskets following an offensive rebound and a steal, starting a 6-0 run, and it was 13-6 at the first stop.

"The first four or five minutes went well, but we missed a lot of easy shots," said Ridge, whose team was 3 for 14 in the first eight minutes. "Once [the Panthers] started making shots, we were in trouble."

"A couple of transition baskets got us going," noted coach J.R. Holmes of the Panthers, "and I was pleased defensively most of the night."

The visitors shot better in the second quarter, and immediately got within four points when Conner Shipley opened the period with a 3-pointer.

But the Panthers got the next eight points for a 21-9 lead, and the Braves were never again closer than nine. Bloomington had a 9-0 run late in the quarter than opened the first 20-point margin of the game.

The teams were relatively even throughout the third quarter, and freshman Josiah Wallace accounted for all the points — a 3-pointer, two free throws and an assist on LaMarkis Stevenson's 3-pointer — as the Braves started the fourth quarter with an 8-0 run that cut the lead to 62-44. But the Panthers' balanced scoring — five players in double figures, two more that combined for 14 — and 42-20 rebound advantage were too much to overcome.

"I thought we did some really good things. We moved the ball really well [20 assists]," Holmes said. "And this was a game we were supposed to win [with seven returning regulars and playing at home]."

"They're big, strong, athletic and aggressive," Ridge said of the Panthers. "We would have had to be more aggressive just be even, but they were more aggressive than we were ... We played OK offensively, but that's only half the game. The other half, we were bad."

Keaton Hendricks had 16 points, Isaiah Gooch 15, Tucker Blackwell 14 and Johnny Jager and reserve Logan Kirby 10 each for the winners. Blackwell had nine assists, Gooch a game-high nine rebounds.

Jaylen Minnett was the only double-figure scorer with 15 for the Braves, and he was ineffective in the first quarter. No Terre Haute South player grabbed more than three rebounds.

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