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Lady Cats crush Clarksville

January 21, 2009
After letting a 17-point lead slip away to lose 64-63 at Mid-Southern Conference foe Austin last Wednesday, the North Harrison Lady Cats bounced back to destroy another MSC rival, Clarksville, 96-29, Saturday afternoon in Ramsey.

"We talked a lot after the Austin loss — we quit attacking and quit transitioning, which is a good part of our game, and started slowing down a little bit when Austin made the run on us," North Harrison coach Hal Pearson said.

North Harrison's Caitlyn Janes looks to get a shot over a pressing Brianna Evans of Clarksville during the Lady Cats' 96-29 win. (Photo by Wade Bell)
"We watched game film on Thursday, and Friday we went on the floor and went really hard. We've talked transition offense and getting back on defense and getting better at that. We worked pretty hard at that today."

Clarksville early on looked like it was going to keep the game close, when Haley Ruiz's four-point play cut the Lady Generals' deficit to 11-9 midway through the first quarter.

North Harrison, however, turned up the amperage, using a 16-0 run to race to a 27-9 lead.

The Lady Cats attacked again in the second period, going on a 24-6 explosion to take a 51-15 lead to the locker room at halftime.

"The thing I talked about at halftime, it didn't matter who was in or what spots we were at, that we made sure we ran our things and executed," Pearson said. "That was the main thing with us, executing the whole game all the way through."

Clarksville wasn't able to stop the North Harrison onslaught in the second half, even as the Lady Cats played the majority of their bench. The Lady Generals had a better fourth quarter, but North Harrison still cruised to the 67-point win.

"We played a good game overall, not a lot of turnovers," Pearson said. "We pushed the ball and continued to transition, even when some of our bench was in."

Kayla Lambert led the Lady Cats (13-3, 4-1) with 19 points, and Deidre Book and Sasha Grangier followed with 18 each, with Book having a career night by connecting on five three-pointers. Kacey Cox added 15 points, and North Harrison was 35 of 65 (53 percent) from the field and 9 of 17 from the charity stripe. The Lady Cats turned over the ball 14 times.

"Kayla Lambert, Sasha and Kacey Cox all got us off to a good start," Pearson said. "Wynn (Shroyer) had a little bit of an off night. She took a fall early, which I think messed with her a little bit. I thought Deidra, in the second half, played extremely well overall. She was very hot."

Ruiz led Clarksville (3-11, 0-6) with 14 points. The Lady Generals, who committed 22 turnovers, hit 11 of 41 field-goal attempts (26 percent) and 3 of 9 free throws.

"We've got a very tough week ," Pearson said. "We travel to (Bedford)-North Lawrence on Thursday, which will be a very tough game."

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The Lady Cats hosted conference and county-rival Corydon Central last night (Tuesday).

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