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Lady Cats shred Providence, 71-39

November 19, 2008
The North Harrison Lady Cats began the 2008-09 season by shredding visiting Providence, 71-39, last Tuesday night. The Lady Cats came out smoking and Providence just stayed overpowered.

Providence junior Megan Eve, left, feels the heat as North Harrison's Wynn Shroyer, center, and Kacey Cox provide the fire in the Lady Cats' 71-39 win. (Photo by Wade Bell)
"We came out shooting the ball really well all the way around," North Harrison coach Hal Pearson said. "We talked about attacking and not having to get into a half-court set. Right from the very beginning, we did that. Our defense created shots for us. We played fairly well overall."

Both teams tried to put some heat on each other early, but North Harrison was full ablaze as Sasha Grangier and Kacey Cox unloaded for a 9-0 Lady Cat lead, with Cox hitting back to back three-pointers in the process.

Sophomore Megan Eve finally put Providence on the board, but the Lady Cats continued their onslaught for a 15-2 advantage. By the time the first eight minutes were over, North Harrison was on top 23-7.

"We talked about keeping continual pressure even if we dropped back to half court," Pearson said. "Keeping pressure and keep moving the ball up and down the floor, not only creating pressure with our defense but also with our offense by continually pushing off somebody."

North Harrison started the second period by scoring the first 10 points for a 33-7 landslide lead. Providence finally got some scoring in the last five minutes of the half, but the Lady Cats took a 37-13 advantage to the locker room at halftime.

Pearson said Cox played a big part in getting the Lady Cats launched in the right direction.

"She had eight points, and they were right there real quick," the North Harrison coach said. "She ended up with five steals for the game and wreaked havoc with the guards. We switched people around. We let her run the point some."

The Lady Cats scored the first six points of the second half for a 45-13 lead. Providence never found any kind of balance, and North Harrison rolled to a 71-39 win.

"That's the thing," Pearson said. "I liked the fact that we had pressure so much at half court, so much that by the time they did get a look they were tired from working the ball to get to that point. The look was fairly contested most of the night. They had 13 at half time, which was pretty solid (defense)."

Wynn Shroyer led the Lady Cats with 16 points, and Kayla Lambert followed with 10. North Harrison put 10 players in the scoring column, with the bench contributing 25 points. The Lady Cats hit 16 of 27 free throws.

"Wynn had a good game with 16 points and five assists," Pearson said. "Lambert had 10, two (assists) and two (steals). Madison Snodgrass hit some big threes. Everybody contributed up and down. We kept moving the ball and doing a very good job. Every player scored."

Eve led Providence with 16 points, and Kallie Ash followed with 11. The Lady Pioneers were 12 of 18 from the free-throw line, but committed 29 turnovers.

Turnovers was something Pearson was unhappy about, as the Lady Cats committed 18.

"That's one objective we didn't meet," Pearson said. "Everything else was good. Our offense got out of sync a little bit the second and fourth quarters. With our substitutions, we got a little mixed up and didn't run very well at times.

"There's things to work on. There's things on the press to work on. We didn't even run sets tonight. We've got sets to put in and things to do with that."

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The Lady Cats advanced to 2-0 Friday night by winning 72-63 at Jeffersonville in overtime.

North Harrison jumped out to a big first half lead and led 41-32 at halftime. Jeffersonville came back to take a late five-point lead, but the Lady Cats rallied to tie the game at 59 at the end of regulation.

The Lady Cats made 9 of 10 free throws in the overtime, while holding Jeffersonville to just four points to earn the victory.

North Harrison then visited rival Crawford County last night (Tuesday). However, the game was played after publication.

The Lady Cats will host Scottsburg Saturday night.

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