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Lady Cats stop Charlestown, 14-7 … for real

February 06, 2008
While high winds were blowing things apart across Kentuckiana last Tuesday night, the girls' basketball game at Charlestown between the Lady Pirates and North Harrison Lady Cats creeped along slower than a turtle's pace, with the Lady Cats pulling out a 14-7 win … yes, that's 14-7.

"That was a weird one," North Harrison coach Hal Pearson said.

North Harrison junior Lindsey Blevins, left, nearly gets a steal as she and teammate Kayla Lambert double up on Charlestown's Katie Jackson in a rare moment of action in the Lady Cats' 14-7 win. (Photo by Wade Bell)
The game began with the Lady Cats turning the ball over on their first possession. While North Harrison sat back in a zone defense, Charlestown held the ball. The Lady Cats came out to force the issue, but were called for a foul. Each time the Lady Pirates got possession, the standoff continued. Charlestown had three turnovers, but the Lady Cats failed to convert.

With 1:57 to go, Charlestown turned the ball over and North Harrison went into a holding pattern. With six seconds left in the period, the Lady Cats erred, but Charlestown misfired and the score was left at 0-0.

Charlestown continued the slow-mo game in the second quarter. North Harrison tightened up its zone and forced two Lady Pirate turnovers, but failed to score.

Finally, at 5:56 the Lady Cats got on the board as Kayla Lambert hit two free throws. Charlestown held the ball again to the four-minute mark when the Lady Cats made a defensive move.

The Lady Pirates threw the ball around the perimeter, but then traveled. The Lady Cats held the ball this time until finally going inside. North Harrison missed on its first attempt, but Jessica Mosier was there for the putback, giving the Lady Cats a 4-0 lead at halftime.

Only 10 field goals were attempted by both teams in the first half, North Harrison hitting 1 of 8 and Charlestown 0 of 2.

"I was hoping we'd knock down some free throws," Charlestown coach Tony Hall said. "We went to the line and had our three best free-throw shooters miss four in the first half. I think that had been a different story."

"If you look at the free throws, they missed more free throws than what we did, too," Pearson said. " 'If we could just get the lead.' He's thinking that. 'If we can just get the lead, they're really in trouble.' I'm thinking, 'If we can just get the lead, we can play it.' If we want to slow it down and make him come out, we can do it, too."

The ultimate roundball chess match continued in the third quarter. North Harrison had the first possession, but misfired on two shot attempts. Charlestown went into its holding pattern, but was called for a foul at 5:46.

The Lady Cats misfired again, and Charlestown held again. This time Pearson, sitting with a 4-0 lead, was satisfied to have his team sit back in the zone. The Lady Pirates held the ball down to 15 seconds, then went for a last-second shot that went off the mark, leaving North Harrison with the 4-0 lead, as neither team scored in the quarter.

The fourth quarter moved a little quicker as Charlestown went into a man-to-man defense. North Harrison missed its first two field goal attempts and later turned the ball over.

Charlestown moved the ball around the perimeter, while North Harrison stayed back. The Lady Pirates finally misfired midway through the period, and Sasha Grangier sprinted down the floor for a deuce and added a free throw for a 7-0 North Harrison lead.

"Even when it was 4-0, we had opportunities to score in the third quarter on a couple of missed layups on sets that we ran," Pearson said. "Finally, Sasha hit the basket that got it to seven, and with the type of game, I was able to breathe a little easier with more of a sigh of relief."

Charlestown finally scored with 3:13 left in the game after a Mosier foul, giving the Charlestown fans something to cheer about.

The Lady Pirates pressed and North Harrison misfired on its next attempt. Charlestown, now in a pressure cooker, turned the ball over and Mosier got an old-fashioned three for a 10-2 lead.

Mosier scored again after a missed Charlestown three-point attempt with 1:10 left in the game for a 12-2 North Harrison advantage.

With just under a minute to go, the Lady Pirates got their first field goal of the night as Katie Jackson scored inside. Grangier countered with two free throws. The final basket of the game came when Alicia Zollman swished a three-pointer for Charleston, but the Lady Cats came away with the 14-7 win.

"A win's a win, either way you look at it," Pearson said. "We're glad to come out with a win. … Heck, it helps our defensive average doesn't it. It doesn't do a lot for our offensive average, but it helps defensive."

"This was Bobby Fischer against Tony Hall, and Bobby whipped my butt again," Hall said of the roundball chess match.

Mosier led North Harrison (12-8) with seven points. The Lady Cats were 4 of 16 (25 percent) from the field, hit 6 of 11 free throws and had four turnovers.

Despite criticism from both sides of the floor on Charlestown's tactic, Pearson said the game was good for his team.

"It's the type of situation that every single possession counts," he said. "You're playing some games as far as who scores. What do you say? It was a weird game, but it was a good game going into sectional."

Zollman led Charlestown with five points. The Lady Pirates connected on just 3 of 14 field goals (21 percent) and 2 of 6 free throws. Charlestown committed eight turnovers.

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