UNION MILLS | South Central's girls basketball team created extra opportunities with turnovers and offensive rebounds, and the Satellites took advantage of those extra chances.
South Central grabbed 17 offensive rebounds and forced 20 turnovers as it beat Washington Township 53-36 in a Porter County Conference game on Thursday night.
South Central (1-3, 1-0 PCC) used a 14-0 run early in the fourth quarter to turn a four-point lead into a 49-31 advantage with 2:43 left in the game.
"To be able to pull it out in the fourth quarter was key for us," South Central coach Rick Budka said. "It’s a big win, because it's the first PCC foe we’ve faced this year, and to get off on the right foot with a win is a positive way to do it."
Olivia Tolmen started the spurt with two free throws and followed it up with a putback of an offensive rebound. Taylor Johnson followed with a putback of a miss on the next possession.
Katelyn Tucker sandwiched two 3-pointers around two free throws from Morgan Wright. During the run, the Satellites forced turnovers on five straight Senator possessions.
Washington Township (4-2, 2-1) committed seven turnovers in the fourth quarter.
South Central had a 29-17 rebounding edge, including a 17-7 advantage on the offensive glass.
"(Riley) Popplewell did a great job on the boards," Budka said. "Jill (Rosenbaum) did a good job, but everyone contributed a lot of team rebounds, and that’s what it’s going to take."
Riley Popplewell had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Satellites. Jill Rosenbaum led South Central with 11 points.
"Their bigs, Popplewell and Rosenbaum, did a great job of crashing the glass and getting putbacks,” Washington Township coach Chris Tomcsi said.
Heather Burton scored seven of her game-high 15 points in the third quarter. She and Bethany Kingery combined for all 11 Senator points in the third quarter.
Sammie Higgins scored off of an offensive rebound to give Washington Township its first lead of the game at 15-14 with 1:30 left in the second quarter.
Each team scored on its final three possessions of the opening half. Wright made a driving layup with 0.2 seconds left to give the Satellites a 20-19 halftime lead.
Kingery had eight points for the Senators, and Higgins added seven.