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Lady Cats stop Eastern, go undefeated at home

February 11, 2009
The North Harrison girls' basketball team finished undefeated at home by putting away the Eastern (Pekin) Lady Musketeers, 57-38, Thursday night. It wasn't a trouble-free night, however, as the Lady Cats struggled early before pulling away in the second half.

North Harrison senior Sasha Grangier, right, finds herself entwined with Eastern's Jocelyn Mousty as the pair go for a rebound in the first half of the Lady Cats' 57-38 win. (Photo by Wade Bell)
"Everybody's going through the same thing we are," North Harrison coach Hal Pearson said, referring to games having been delayed because of the weather.

North Harrison had all kinds of shooting problems in the first quarter, getting just three of nine attempts to go down. The Lady Musketeers didn't shoot any better but found a couple of three-balls in the first eight minutes to help Eastern play to a 10-all tie. The Lady Cats also had to contend with point guard Wynn Shroyer getting two fouls just over a minute into the game.

"At that point, it's pretty early in the game," Pearson said. "We were going a lot more to man-to-man defense, so we changed into a zone at that point. We still pressed, but we changed into a zone to protect her a little bit from catching that third (foul). She's a senior. She's a smart kid."

An 8-2 burst in the first five minutes of the second quarter pushed North Harrison's lead to 19-12.

Eastern made a slight gain before the half, with Melissa Lewis scoring to cut the Lady Musketeer deficit to 21-16 at halftime.

North Harrison finally found a gap by outscoring Eastern 19-9 in the third quarter, as the Lady Musketeers connected on just 3 of 10 field goals.

With the pressure off, the Lady Cats shot better in the final period, hitting their final five attempts to get the 19-point win.

"We finished undefeated on our home floor, so that's another big goal for the seniors, to go out and nobody saw them lose here this year," Pearson said. "That's a pretty good accomplishment against some of the people we've had on this floor."

Kayla Lambert led the Lady Cats with 19 points, while Sasha Grangier added 12 points, seven steals and six rebounds. Kacey Cox had 12 points and four steals, and Shroyer tallied nine points, seven steals, five assists and four rebounds. North Harrison was 19 of 49 (38 percent) from the field and 14 of 20 from the stripe and committed 13 turnovers.

"Kayla Lambert played really well," Pearson said. "She's the one that mainly opened some things up. When she starts hitting the 15- or 16-footer on the transition, that's what opens up the bunnies because everybody's got to come out and cover her, looking for her and Wynn on the wings. You've got Kacey coming down the floor on the point position. They've got to come out and start covering the shooters and that's going to open up the inside."

Melody Dalton led the Lady Musketeers with eight points. Eastern hit 15 of 41 (36 percent) field goals and 6 of 12 free throws. The Lady Musketeers had major trouble taking care of the ball, committing 26 hiccups.

Pearson said his team is sticking with the plan it has used all year: taking one game at a time.

"I was just glad to see the seniors go out on a winning note on their home floor tonight," he said. "That was a big game for them."

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North Harrison (18-3) defeated host Brownstown Central Saturday to win the Mid-Southern Conference title with an 8-1 record.

The Lady Cats open up Class 3A sectional play at Corydon Central High School tonight (Wednes-day) against Mitchell.

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