Southridge drops loss, has another injuryJanuary 16, 2020
By JONATHAN SAXON
HUNTINGBURG – The Southridge girls basketball team suffered another loss on Thursday night. It wasn’t just the fact that they fell to the Pocket Athletic Conference rival South Spencer Rebels 34-29, but the Raiders lost another member of their team in junior forward Rose Tempel to a knee injury and the team is preparing themselves for the worst. The Raiders (8-10, 3-3) have already lost junior guard Monica Steckler and sophomore guard Myah Montgomery to knee injuries earlier this season, so Tempel’s injury would be the third such blow the team has had to endure this winter.
“I’m disappointed the injury bug just keeps coming and it won’t go away,” said Raiders coach Greg Werner. “We have to hope that Rose is okay, and that’s all we can do. Every (injury) we’ve had has not been good news. It’s hurting our continuity and our rhythm.”
The Raiders didn’t get off to the best start as sophomore guard Katelyn Tindle scored the first five points in quick succession for the Rebels (3-16, 1-4). Tempel and junior center Abigail Kerkhoff used shots and free throws to tie the game, but a coast-to-coast transition bucket from freshman guard Trinity Britton swung the momentum and lead back to South Spencer, 7-5. Freshman guard Marie Tempel got a drive to fall to tie the game once again at the end of the first quarter.
Marie Tempel turned a steal from her sister Rose into a layup to start the second, and Kerkhoff followed up with a free throw to put the Raiders up 10-7. The Rebels used consecutive threes from Tindle and senior guard Brinna Erwin to power an 8-0 run that supplanted Southridge’s lead, 15-10. Junior guard Kennedy Nalley closed the distance with a three, but Britton came up with another score that put the Rebels ahead 17-13 at halftime.
Marie came out firing and scored the first shot of the second half, to which freshman center Sofi Young responded in kind. However, Kerkhoff claimed a putback and an and-one on consecutive possessions to put the Raiders back up 20-19. The lead change was brief, as Britton and senior forward Alix Stoermer put together seven points to retake the game, 26-20.
Stoermer continued the run by dropping in a three to start the fourth quarter, and Tindle followed up with another layup that gave the Rebels a double-digit edge. Nalley and Marie Tempel combined on shots to cut it back to six, and four more points from Nalley saw the Raiders close the deficit to 32-29 with 10 seconds left. The Rebels got a final pair of free throws from Stoermer, which held the Raiders at bay and sealed the win.
Both Nalley and Rose Tempel finished the game with nine points. Tindle led the Rebels with 10 points.
“We all know we didn’t come out playing hard the first half,” said Rose. “I think we underestimated them, but we knew we had to come out the second half and get to where we could.”
The Raiders were disappointed they let themselves look past the Rebels, but it’s a game they will work to learn from and move past. What isn’t so easy is trying to cope with yet another injury as the Raiders try to find cohesion with the sectional tournament just around the corner.
“We’re out of synch so much because we got new kids that we’re playing with,” said Werner. “Everyone talks about chemistry and they get a whole season to play together. We can’t get any chemistry the way we want it, because we’re not used to playing together. They’re going to be upset because they lost another one of their sisters, (but) we’ll keep battling. I’m proud of them for battling through it.”
“We know we got to keep our heads up and pray for Rose,” Marie added. “I just hope the same thing that happened to me over the summer doesn’t happen to her. We just know we have to work harder to fill spots.”
The Raiders return 8 p.m. Tuesday to host the Wood Memorial Trojans.
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