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Lady Cats speed through win over Charlestown

February 09, 2011
There weren't many cat- and-mouse-type games played between the North Harrison and Charlestown girls' basketball teams last Tuesday.

Even though the teams would play one another again in eight days, they sped through four quarters in Ramsey, with the Lady Cats running away with a 62-28 win.

North Harrison forward Megan Naegele goes under Charlestown defender Jenah Sherrill’s block attempt to score two of her 10 points last Tuesday. Photo by Brian Smith
"It's a tough game because you know you play each other in a week in sectional," North Harrison coach Hal Pearson said. "You have to decide if you want to show or hold back some things for sectional."

North Harrison showed a different ability than earlier in the season: cutting down turnovers and sharing the ball. As a team, the Lady Cats dished 17 assists and committed 15 turnovers.

"We do not average a lot of assists," Pearson said. "We had 17, which was probably our best for the year. I know this is the first time we've had more assists than turnovers in a game."

The game sped by, with a measly six total free-throw attempts between the Mid-Southern Conference teams. North Harrison took all six attempts, making good on each.

From the on-set, North Harrison set the tone, scoring seven straight points to start the game. Hillary Fonda swished a trey to start and was followed by buckets from Kendra Lambert and Emily Giles.

Charlestown finally got on the board midway through the first quarter with a Jenah Sherrill three-pointer. North Harrison quickly fired back with a Cassie Crawford trey. Lady Cat guard Rebekah Stephenson then picked off a pass in the press defense and dished one of her five assists to Giles for two points.

North Harrison led 14-6 after the first quarter. The lead went to 12 on two different occasions in the second quarter before settling on a 24-13 halftime score.

The floodgates opened in the second half. Charlestown was forced into eight turnovers as the Lady Panthers outscored the visitors, 20-6. Lambert scored eight of her game-high 16 points in the frame. The second quarter opened with a 14-2 run. It ended with the Lady Cats up, 44-19.

"We played four different defenses against them," Pearson said. "We kept a few things back in case it is needed for the tournament. We'll keep a few tricks in the bag."

The win snapped a four-game losing skid for the Lady Cats. The high scoring output, along with shooting 52 percent for the game, is something the North Harrison (7-12, 2-6 Mid-Southern Conference) coaches wish to continue.

"Our girls did a good job executing, especially making the extra pass," Pearson said. "We really played together and it made a lot of shots easier. Coming in, we saw Charlestown had been playing better including a good game against Brownstown. (Charlestown) has made some changes and have gone to more of a man defense. We just shot well, and, hopefully, we can continue that into sectional."

Ten different Lady Cats scored, paced by Lambert's 16. Naegele reached double figures with 10 points.

"It was big for Megan Naegele to came off the bench to score 10 and contribute for us," Pearson said.

Hayley Renneker had four points and eight rebounds for the winners.

Charlestown (3-15, 0-8) was led by Taryn Moore's eight points while Brittany Bennison added seven. The Lady Pirates were held to 23-percent shooting.

The rematch will take place tonight (Wednesday) at approximately 7:30 in the Class 3A Sectional 30 at Charlestown.

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