Tigers size sends Southridge spiraling


Photo by Hunter TIckel/The Herald
Senior forward Mikah Goeppner surveys action under the basket before delivering a one-handed assist for a bucket. The Southridge Raiders lost to Princeton, 51-45 on Tuesday at Huntingburg Memorial Gym.


HUNTINGBURG — A Princeton threat from inside and outside fended off the Raiders in their Pocket Athletic Conference opener.

The Raiders (1-2) fell 51-45 on Tuesday at Huntingburg Memorial Gym.

From the outset, sophomore Lexi Smith got to the basket on multiple occasions. For a large chunk of the contest, the Raiders had no answer for senior Cortney Dove on the block, the center had multiple inches on defenders.

"Defending them was a lot more challenging than what I was expecting," 5-foot, 10 inch sophomore forward Maddux Marshall said. "I didn't expect to be guarding a 6-2 girl. (I was) hoping she would be more toward my size, but toward the end, we changed to zone and it got easier. We had two people getting up on her and that made it easier."

In the closing half, penetration from sophomore Azaryon Wesley caused the Raiders fits.

"Off the dribble, I didn't have to worry about it as much, but the girls that did I felt like it took them a while to adjust," Marshall said. "But eventually they ended up getting it. That was good for them to learn."

The Raiders pulled within four points on three occasions in the final quarter but faltered as Wesley and Dove scored in the lane in the first two instances.

In the final one, senior Reagan Cochren knocked down a pair of free throws after collecting a Raider shot with less than 30 seconds left in the game.

The Raiders drained four 3-pointers to start the night. Junior guard Marie Tempel sank one from the right corner 1:05 into the game off a find from freshman guard Avah Montgomery.

Then, Tempel dished to Montgomery three times for treys, two from the left corner and one from the top of the key, for a 12-6 lead.

They combined to sink six in the game, three each. Tempel led the Raiders with 13 points and five assists. Montgomery poured in 12 points.

Three Tiger field goals in the next minute knotted it. Before senior forward Mikah Goeppner sank a pair from the charity stripe.

An and-one bucket from sophomore guard Lexi Smith put the Tigers on top for the first time in the game at the 1:18 mark of the first quarter.

The first Raiders' field goal of the second frame came on a layin from Montgomery with 5:44 left, to cut it to 22-18.

The Tigers answered, sophomore Kiara Banks sunk a left wing triple for the largest lead to that point, at seven points.

Then came three unanswered buckets from the Raiders, beginning with Marshall, another inside from junior forward Bailey Keusch and a 10-footer from Goeppner narrowed the gap to one.

Keusch finished with six rebounds and five points.

Goeppner finished with 11 points and four steals.

The Raiders trailed by 12 in three instances in the third period. A trio of buckets down low from Dove kept Southridge at bay.

The Raiders scored only three field goals in the third.

Southridge is set to return to action Friday at Corydon Central.

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