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Lady Cat 'D' stops Brownstown, 54-39

January 30, 2008
With this year's sectional only a week away, the North Harrison Lady Cats continued to build momentum Thursday, holding visiting Brownstown to just 11 first half points and going on to post a 54-39 win over the Lady Braves on Senior Night.

North Harrison junior Sasha Grangier put herself in the way of Brownstown's Kassie Kovert every chance she could, including for this steal in the first half. Kovert was held to just four points. (Photo by Wade Bell)
"It was a good effort overall defensively," Lady Cat coach Hal Pearson said. 'The defense has been there all year for us.

"We've just got to continue to get our offense and continue to get better," he added. "We tried some things the second half there a little bit. We had a couple of straight turnovers that was on a little different set that we hadn't done for a while. We'll keep adding some things. It's sectional time, and we'll tweak a thing here or two and put in a little surprise here and there."

North Harrison began the game with an 8-3 burst, but the Lady Braves were quick to catch up as Lindsey Rumph scored inside. Sasha Grangier and Kayla Lambert nailed down long deuces for North Harrison, but Rumph scored inside then swished a three to pull the Lady Braves within two, 12-10, after one quarter.

The second quarter was a slow scoring quarter that saw the Lady Braves miss all 10 of their field goal attempts. Wynn Shroyer, however, swished a deuce inside and then a three for a 17-10 North Harrison lead.

Both teams went scoreless the next five minutes, but then Caitlyn Janes hit a short jumper for the Lady Cats. Brownstown had just a single point in the period, a free throw by Jamie Wehmiller with 12 seconds left in the half.

Shroyer scored again inside with five seconds left, and the Lady Cats enjoyed a 21-11 lead at halftime.

"They had some decent looks but not great looks at any points," Pearson said of Brownstown's offensive effort against his Lady Cat defense. "That second quarter definitely made it."

North Harrison's Jessica Mosier got a quick basket to begin the second half, but Brownstown began to pick up its game, with Heather Gilbert sinking a three and Whitney Tormoehler scoring inside to pull the Lady Braves within seven.

With a minute and a half to go in the period, Summer Bane pulled Brownstown within four at 32-28. Janes quickly countered and Shroyer sank two free throws for a 36-28 North Harrison lead. With nine seconds left, Brownstown had a chance to cut its deficit to four, but Lindsey Blevins made a defensive stop with a steal.

"I wanted to come out a little better at the start of the third quarter than we did," Pearson said. "I'll take what we have in the end."

Blevins followed up her strong defensive effort at the end of the third quarter with a score to begin the fourth that gave the Lady Cats a 38-28 advantage. Brownstown pulled within single digits, but Shroyer hit from behind the arc to push the gap to 12, 44-32.

North Harrison's lead stayed in double digits after that, and the Lady Cats went on to post the 54-39 win.

"It was a good win," Pearson said. "We had a little lull there coming out of halftime in that third period and got lost some defensively. … The first half was a great first half defensively. The second half, we scored some more points and put some more points on the board. We executed and played fairly well."

Shroyer led the winners with 19 points, and Grangier followed with 13. Mosier had just four points, but she pulled down 11 rebounds. Katie Voyles didn't score, but dished out six assists. North Harrison shot 48 percent from the field, hitting 23 of 48 field goals, and swished 6 of 10 free throws. The Lady Cats had just 12 turnovers.

Pearson also praised Blevins and Katie Watts for their performances off the bench at crucial times.

"She had a big steal and she made a basket to the hole," Pearson said of Blevins. "Katie Watts came in in the minutes we needed her in the first half and played fairly well when Sasha was in foul trouble, too. We had a lot of people step up and play well."

"Both of our seniors (Mosier and Voyles), we talked all night about sending them out on the right note," the North Harrison coach said. "We lost two basketball games on our home floor this year, Bedford-North Lawrence and Floyd. They were both 4A schools. We wanted their last memory on this floor to be a win, and it was. That was important to us, too. They've been great seniors this year, and, hopefully, we'll have them for five or six more games."

Whitney Tormoehlen led the Lady Braves with 10 points, while Kassie Kovert was held to just four points. Brownstown was just 14 of 43 (32 percent) from the field and 4 of 7 from the charity stripe. The Lady Braves committed 22 turnovers for the game.

Pearson is hoping for a big finish that will give his team plenty of momentum going into the sectional.

"We've still got two big conference games on the road," he said. "If we don't come in and play well we could easily fall to somebody. We're at 11-8, and if we could get two more, that would give us 13-8 going into the sectional."

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