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Lady Cats push past Corydon in third

January 28, 2009
After letting the Corydon Central Lady Panthers have their way through most of the first half, the North Harrison Lady Cats used a third-quarter push to surge to a 62-49 Mid-Southern Conference win Tuesday night at Ramsey.

Corydon Central's Katie Hayes tries to make it difficult for North Harrison's Kacey Cox, but the Lady Cats went on to dominate for a 62-49 win. (Photo by Wade Bell)
"We talked before the game (that) we didn't want the score in the 40s or even low 50s," North Harrison coach Hal Pearson said.

"You've got to give their defense credit," Corydon coach Mike Uhl said. "They played well. They played well in the second half when they had to, and we didn't respond very well."

Corydon forced North Harrison to play at a slower pace in the first half, and the Lady Cats compounded their problems by having trouble finding the basket.

Neither teamed gained much ground early, and North Harrison led by just two at the end of the first quarter.

The Lady Cat lead went to four two minutes into the second period, but Jenna Keinsley swished a three to pull Corydon within one.

Late in the half, North Harrison led by four again, but in the final seconds, Heather Uhl and Meghan Bussabarger swished back-to-back three-balls to give the Lady Panthers a 23-21 halftime lead.

North Harrison connected on just one of eight attempts from behind the arc in the half.

"We were just kind of moving it around, some hurried threes," Pearson said. "It was more of an afterthought to shoot. It was more of not wanting to turn the ball over and being very passive early."

Corydon pushed its lead to five early in the third quarter after baskets by Keinsley and Bussabarger.

Lambert, however, then hit a long deuce to start an 11-0 run that gave North Harrison a 34-27 lead. The Lady Cats also began to find their range from behind the arc as Deidre Book and Lambert buried threes to push the lead into double digits.

Corydon never cut the lead to less than 10 as the Lady Cats cruised to the 13-point win.

"There wasn't any major thing at halftime," Pearson said. "We have to turn up the defensive pressure, get after it, then push it offensively, which means 26-10 the third quarter.

"The defense created a lot of the offense. We didn't come down and just sit halftcourt and pass around the outside and not attack."

Lambert led North Harrison with 23 points, and Book came off the bench for 10. North Harrison, after hitting just 6 of 22 field-goal attempts in the first half, finished at 18 of 45 (40 percent). The Lady Cats hit 22 of 29 free throws and turned the ball over just five times.

"The shots were a lot better (in the second half)," Pearson said. "We're an up-tempo team, and in transition even those threes are decent looks because they don't get back and we don't let their defense get set.

"That helped, too, but it also gets you fired up, then you get some steals in defense, and you're pushing the ball pretty quick. When they start falling, our team can put some things in in a hurry and make runs like that."

Bussabarger led Corydon with 17 points and Keinsley finished with 11. Corydon was 15 of 34 (44 percent) from the field and 14 of 16 from the stripe. The Lady Panthers committed 23 turnovers.

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