FORT BRANCH — Maci Foster, Taylor Hart, Brooke Goedde, Laynie Graham, Claire Jones, Kamryn Miller, Taylor Singer, Ava Weisheit and Shay Whitten.
Some of the aforementioned are household names when it comes to girls basketball.
After Tuesday night, they may all be names future opponents of Gibson Southern may want to know.
With star player Meredith Raley being sidelined with an ankle injury, the rest of the Lady Titans stepped up in a big way in a showdown with Pocket Athletic Conference foe Heritage Hills.
Eight different players scored on the night as Class 3A No. 6 Gibson Southern came away with an impressive 65-52 win over the Lady Patriots inside Titan Fieldhouse.
The win moved the Lady Titans to 16-3 overall and 5-0 in conference play while Heritage Hills suffered its first PAC loss and falls to 14-5 overall.
“We learned that as a program, we have a lot of depth,” Lady Titans’ coach Kyle Brasher said of the win. “We just recently brought up a girl who just got her varsity jersey and we threw her in there against a really good 14-4 team. She guarded one of the best players in the area in Rebekah Gordon and I could not be more proud of the effort Taylor Hart gave us tonight.”
Hart’s rebound bucket with 72 seconds left in the opening frame gave Gibson Southern a 14-12 lead — one they would not relinquish.
The basket was the first varsity points of Hart’s career and she would later add another bucket to finish with four points.
Gibson Southern led 19-15 after the first period and carried a 30-23 advantage into the locker room at the half.
But the were in a similar position on Saturday against Washington. The Hatchets scored at will in the second half and stunned the Titans.
Tuesday night, there would not be another letdown.
Claire Jones buried her second 3-pointer of the quarter — third of the game — with 5:48 left in the third to give the hosts a 38-27 lead.
Heritage Hills could get no closer than six points the rest of the game.
Jones finished with a team-high 13 points.
The senior mentioned the win symbolizes just how good the team can be.
“We knew coming in that we would not have one of our best players both offensively and defensively so we all had to step up our games,” Jones said of the Raley’s absence. “We had a lot to prove tonight and we came out here and got the job done.”
In addition to Hart’s first varsity points, freshman Ava Weisheit added a career best seven points in the win.
Taylor Singer came off the bench to score nine points in the first half before not playing in the second half due to an injured wrist.
Singer also pulled down four rebounds and swatted away a pair of shots.
“Taylor Singer just brings so much energy to us and that kid never gets tired,” Brasher said of his reserve post player.
Kamryn Miller added 12 points and Maci Foster contributed with seven.
Brooke Goedde, who was making her second spot start this season, added four points and pulled down six rebounds despite being in foul trouble throughout the game.
“Brooke plays taller than her frame and that has a lot to do with her relentlessness and her overall strength,” the Lady Titans coach said.
The overall depth of the Titans was able to overcome the game-high 19 points from the Patriots/ Hadley Lytton and 16 of Gordon.
The latter scored the first nine points of the game for Heritage Hills but was limited to just one field goal in the second half.
“Gordon is a great player and she is going to get her points, but our defense really made her work for those points tonight,” Brasher said.
Gibson Southern plays host to PAC foe Southridge on Thursday.
Raley is expected to return to the lineup, but she was still a big part of the Titans’ win on Tuesday.
“You look at our bench and she was one of the most engaged players the whole night,” Brasher said of his injured star. “That just shows what kind of teammate and what kind of leader she is.”
Travis David is the Sports editor of the Daily Clarion and can be reached at 812-220-4843 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @Tdavid_21.
Heritage Hills 15 8 15 14 — 52
Gibson Southern 19 30 16 19 — 65
HERITAGE HILLS (14-5, 6-1) — Avery Neff 2-8 0-0 5, Brianna Quinn 0-3 0-0 0, Nevah Barnett 3-7 0-0 6, Ella Schnieders 0-0 3-4 3, Rebekah Gordon 4-14 7-15, Hadley Lytton 6-14 5-5 19, Kylee Appman 1-4 1-2 3. Totals 16-50 16-26 52.
GIBSON SOUTHERN (16-3, 5-0) — Maci Foster 2-8 2-2 7, Kamryn Miller 3-10 6-8 12, Laynie Graham 0-1 0-0 0, Shay Whitten 3-8 3-7 9, Brooke Goedde 2-2 0-0 4, Taylor Singer 4-5 1-1 9, Claire Jones 3-13 4-6 13, Ava Weisheit 3-4 0-0 7, Taylor Hart 2-5 0-0 4. Totals 22-56 16-24 65.
3-point shooting — Heritage Hills 4-15 (Lytton 2, Neff, Gordon); Gibson Southern (5-21 (Jones 3, Foster, Weisheit). Rebounds — Heritage Hills 35 (Gordon 13); Gibson Southern 45 (Jones 9). Turnovers — Heritage Hills 12; Gibson Southern 14. Fouls — Heritage Hills 20; Gibson Southern 19. Fouled out — Neff, Quinn.