FORT WAYNE – This is usually what South Side does to its opponents. This being tough defense that forces a foe into numerous turnovers and shooting woes en route to an SAC win.
But it was done to the Archers in a 59-49 home loss to Bishop Luers in the conference opener for both teams.
Bishop Luers (6-2, 1-0) forced South Side (3-3, 0-1) into 15 turnovers and 17-of-54 (31 percent) shooting from the field in ending the Archers 21-game non-tournament SAC winning streak.
It has been a long time, and South Side has kind of had our number, Luers coach Denny Renier said. Thank God the kids stepped up, and we got the W. I know our players are loving it.
The two-time defending regular season and tournament SAC champion Archers hadnt lost to an SAC opponent in a non-tournament game since Luers beat them 50-48 in 2010.
They turned up the heat on us, South Side coach Juanita Goodwell said. We knew coming in that Luers was going to hustle and give us their best game. Turnovers killed us tonight. We had so many turnovers tonight that we need to do a better job of handling that. (Luers) came in believing they had a chance, and they came in and got it.
Luers got 16 points and 13 rebounds from Addie Reimbold, 15 points and eight rebounds from Emma Wolfe, 13 points and nine rebounds from Shayla Sutorius and 12 points from Allison Butler.
We are had our mindset coming in here of beating them, Wolfe said. We just had to play our game, and we pulled it out tonight. It was a good win.
Bishop Luers led 41-21 entering the fourth quarter but South Side managed to trim the margin to 51-45 with 1:40 left. But Butler hit 6 of 8 free throws down the stretch to preserve the win.
We knew they would have a big run, and that was it in the fourth quarter, Wolfe said. We knew we had to stay calm, and we did that.
The Archers outscored the Knights 28-18 in the fourth after scoring only 21 points total in the first three quarters.
We are still in the Jekyll-and-Hyde scenario, Goodwell said. I dont know which team is going to show up. We have two different teams going on right now, and we need to find that good team to play consistently. We lost three starters from a year ago, and we are a team that is still trying to define ourselves.
Lakyn Gulley led the Archers with 17 points, while Lakesha Stephens had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Brittni Clopton finished with nine points and eight rebounds before fouling out.
South Side jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the first before Luers went on a 20-3 run.
The Knights outscored the Archers 14-8 in the third to push the margin to 20 points.
We knew we had to keep our composure, and the third quarter was going to be key, Wolfe said. We knew they were going to have their runs, and we were going to have our runs.
We just had to keep our composure, and we were lucky we pulled this one out.