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Lady Lions topple Knights, Boyer lands 36

AURORA – The Rushville Lady Lions and South Dearborn Lady Knights faced off Saturday night in the Dragon’s Den. Rushville’s press kept the Lady Knights scoreless for the first five minutes of action while taking a 7-0 lead en route to a big 50-31 victory.

Grace Messmore finally got SD on the board with a free throw. Leonie Boyer got four more points, giving her seven in the frame. Natalie Rupp hit two more free throws for SD and the score was 11-3 after one quarter in favor of Rushville.

Boyer added 10 more points to her total in the second frame while SD put up 11 with Zoey Heizer hitting a three-pointer at the buzzer to make the score 21-14 midway through the contest.

The Lady Knights scored 11 more points in the third quarter. Boyer added nine points for Rushville while Belle Gossett and Briley Munchel both added a pair of free throws. The Lady Lions led after three frames 36-22.

Rupp scored eight of the Lady Knights’ nine fourth-quarter points with Messmore hitting a free throw. Boyer continued to score at will, starting the final frame off with a three-point basket and finishing the game with a career high of 36 points.

Rushville improved to 3-0 on the season with the 19-point conference victory. Boyer led all scorers with 36 points and collected eight rebounds. Gossett, Munchel, and Gracie Buzzard scored four points, and Kylee Herbert added a pair of free throws to finish with two points.

Munchel also finished the game with 10 steals, Gossett getting 6, Boyer 2 and Herbert and Buzzard 1 apiece. Gossett had 7 boards, Munchel 5, Buzzard, Olivia Smith and Ericka Kuhn 3 each, Kiley Parsley 2 and Herbert 1. Munchel, Gossett and Herbert each dished 2 assists, with Smith and Parsley getting 1 dime each.

South Dearborn was led by Rupp with 10 points, Messmore 7, Heizer 6, Kiersten Dixon and Lakota Vincent 3 each and Bernadette Wismann finished with two points.

The Lady Lions will be back in action on Friday at Memorial Gym when they host Mt. Vernon Fortville. Saturday, RCHS visits Beech Grove for a varsity-only game tipping at 6 p.m.

Lions aiming for return to regional

Rushville’s Leonie Boyer saw playing time as a freshman for the sectional champs

The Lady Lions’ basketball team will be looking for their 34th sectional championship this season after capturing number 33 last season. Coach Melissa Marlow is returning three starters from last year’s sectional championship team that finished 17-10 and only allowed 41 points per game. The season begins this Friday, Nov. 4. The Lady Lions will take on New Castle at the Hoosier Gym in Knightstown. Rushville opened the season last year with a 52-25 win over the Lady Trojans. The first home game on Cinda Rice Brown court will be this Saturday afternoon when they host Eastern Hancock.
The Lady Lions will be returning one of the top defensive players in the conference with Briley Munchel back for her senior season. The guard is a three-year starter who has averaged 2.1 steals per game through her first three years. Her 9.4 points per game last season ranked second highest on the team.
Rushville returns two frontcourt players who could make an impact this season. Senior Belle Gossett and sophomore Leonie Boyer both have varsity experience. Last year Boyer saw her playing time increase in the second half of season as she shot 34% from three-point range. Gossett, at only 5’5”, plays much larger than her height and gave Marlow a powerful presence on defense in her second season as starter. She averaged 5.7 points per game, 3.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals for the forward position.
Marlow stated, “The Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference is solid all the way around, East Central and Greensburg are looking strong this season.” She added, “We had a great summer with a young team, Gossett and Munchel have been working very hard and staying committed to the team as leaders.”
The Lady Lions will have a few new faces on the varsity team this season. Gracie Buzzard, Olivia Smith, Kylee Herbert, Kiley Parsley and Erica Kuhn will all see playing time for Rushville this season.
The Northridge holiday tourney is Dec. 29 and sectional in early February.