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Lady Cats maul Warriorettes, 52-29


November 26, 2008
The North Harrison girls basketball team posted their fourth straight win to keep their record spotless Saturday night against visiting Scottsburg in a 52-29 mauling. Despite the lopsided score, the Lady Cats lacked the spark of their first three games.

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North Harrison's Sasha Grangier, center, squeezes her way between Scottsburg's Darion Hutchinson, left, and Tia Deaton in the first half of the Lady Cats' 52-29 win. (Photo by Wade Bell)
"The last couple of days in practice we were the same way," coach Hal Pearson said. "There wasn't that spark. We talked about that a little bit in the locker room. We're happy with being where we're at. I'm complaining and we're 4-0. As a coaching staff we're going to get together and try to figure some things out."

North Harrison began the game with an 11-1 lead, but seemed to lose a gear as Scottsburg played evenly in the final three minutes, the quarter ending with the Lady Cats leading 18-7.

In the second quarter, Wynn Shroyer and Kacey Cox knocked down threes to extend the North Harrison lead to 25-9.

At that point, however, Darion Hutchinson scored inside, and moments later Symantha Norton knocked down a three-ball to close the game to 27-14.

Katie Watts got a single and Cox drilled another three to push the NH lead back to 31-14. Scottsburg fought to stay in the hunt, however, pitching in three singles as the two teams went to the locker room at the break with North Harrison leading 31-17.

It was the start of the third quarter where the Lady Cats' lack of spark showed the most as North Harrison began with two quick turnovers. Pearson called timeout to remind them where they were at.

"I just explained to them in a nice way that I would like them to pick up the pace a little bit," Pearson said. "We were supposed to be pressing man at that point and we weren't. We turned around and weren't pressing the way we were supposed to be. We didn't find everybody at full court and (were) kind of lost."

"It was more of a reminder, 'Hey, we're back out here. There's a game going on.' " he said. "We'll get there. We're going to have to make practices a little more competitive, I think, and do some things, team-wise, competitive, to keep some drills and more to get some intensity back."

North Harrison came back from the timeout to outscore Scottsburg 15-4 for a 46-23 lead at the end of the third quarter. The Lady Cats only scored four points in the fourth quarter, but only allowed Warriorettes six to go on to the 52-29 win.

"I did some things we wanted to do tonight," Pearson said. "We haven't executed well in last-second situations, and at the end of the third quarter, we held the ball for 50 seconds and got a shot for Madison in the closing seconds. So, there's areas we need to improve in. I told them I know they're getting tired of hearing that at 4-0, but there's still a lot of things we can get better at as a team."

Kayla Lambert led the winners with 12 points, and Shroyer hit for 11. Cox added 10 points for the Lady Cats, who committed just eight turnovers and hit 14 of 18 free throws. Field goals were lacking, however, as the Lady Cats connected on just 16 of 44 (36 percent).

"We had balanced scoring again," the North Harrison coach said. "We had some good secondary stats. We had Wynn and Lambert with a lot of rebounds, too, and a lot of assists, so we spread it out well."

"There's four people who's been pretty consistent, and Caitlyn Janes does a good job of getting on the boards and being where she's supposed to be," Pearson said. "She does a lot of little things you don't see. We've got a couple who are playing pretty solid off the bench. Katie Watts has been a big surprise this year and Madison Snodgrass has come off the bench every game and scored six or eight points a game."

Scottsburg (1-4) hit 6 of 13 free throws and was 11 of 40 (27 percent) from the field. Hutchinson led the Warriorettes with 14 points. Scottsburg turned the ball over 16 times.

"We're playing decent," Pearson said. "I don't think we're playing great. To be 4-0 and playing decent and having things to work on is a good stage to be in at this time of year."

The Lady Cats will travel to Silver Creek tonight (Wednesday).

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