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Lady Cats destroy Clarksville, 87-48

Crawford nets career-high 27

January 19, 2011
North Harrison senior Cassie Crawford poured in a career-high 27 points Saturday afternoon as the Lady Cats punished visiting Clarksville in an 87-48 Mid-Southern Conference win. North Harrison put 12 players in the scoring column.

"We started off 1-5 for the year and with a lot of winnable games that we weren't catching," North Harrison coach Hal Pearson said. "We were close in a lot. We just didn't quite get over the hump. We've won five out of our last eight here, so we've been playing better."

The Lady Cats’ Amanda Hartley gets fouled by Clarksville’s Kierstin Hall in the first half of North Harrison’s 87-48 win. Photo by Wade Bell
The Lady Cats raced to a 14-2 lead in the first period with Crawford getting eight of those. Clarksville managed to find a couple of baskets, but North Harrison still held a 22-9 advantage after the first eight minutes.

"We talked about, beforehand, about coming out and setting a tone and really executing and playing hard, getting in passing lanes, which we did," Pearson said. "I thought we executed well offensively."

Kendra Lambert lit things up for the Lady Cats in the second period with 11 of North Harrison's 19 points. Clarksville managed just three field goals in the period as the Lady Cats took a 41-18 lead to the locker room at halftime.

"Our defense gave us a lot of easy baskets, too," Pearson said. "That helps out. You get to the line and make some free throws and make some layups, and the rim seems to get a little bit bigger. I think that's what happened tonight. As much as shooting well, I thought defensively we did some good things."

The Lady Cats' biggest quarter was the third, when they outscored the Lady Generals 32-11. Frustration showed on the Clarksville end of the court with the Lady General bench hit with a technical foul midway through the period.

With North Harrison's bench playing a big part of the fourth period, the Lady Generals outscored North Harrison 19-14, but the gains were not near enough as the Lady Cats took the 87-48 win.

"We've played some decent basketball," Pearson said. "We kind of went back over Christmas and hit some fundamentals and hit some things we really need to slow down and work on. We're transferring it over to the floor a little bit."

Besides Crawford's 27, Lambert had 21 for the Lady Cats, and Rebekah Stephenson finished with 14. North Harrison connected on 29 of 51 field goals (57 percent) but had 20 turnovers.

"Cassie had 27 points, and that's a career high for anybody here since I've been coaching," Pearson said. "She shot extremely well, especially early. We let her shoot the technical foul because I knew she was really in a groove, and she made both of those. Lambert and Stephenson both, later in the game, got hot. We didn't miss much tonight at all."

Kierstin Hall led Clarksville with 19 points, and Ashley Parrish finished with 13. The Lady Generals were just 13 of 57 (23 percent) from the field and 17 of 30 from the charity stripe. Clarksville had 23 turnovers.

"Defensively, we didn't move our feet," Pearson said. "That's one of the things we talked about, executing and making sure we played the way we wanted to play and did our things right. We did get in a little foul trouble and had to try to play some different things in the second quarter, but, other than that, I thought we played well."

"Hopefully, this will give us some confidence," he said. "We've got some kids shooting the ball well. If they come out and continue, that can only boost your confidence, like the shooting Cassie had tonight.

"I knew she hit a lot, but I didn't know she had 27. She didn't force any shots to get to that point. It's hard to say a quiet 27, but she didn't force anything. She took every shot that was open for her. It wasn't like we were cranking the ball to get her that 27. She shot really well and stayed within herself."

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