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Class 3A Sectional at Charlestown: First Round


February 16, 2011
On Feb. 1, the North Harrison girls' basketball team routed Charlestown 62-28 in its regular season outing, but all of the books are thrown out at tournament time. In the opening round of Class 3A Sectional 30 play last Tuesday, the host Lady Pirates made the night a bit tougher before the Lady Cats pulled away late for a 52-39 win. The victory advanced North Harrison to the semi-final round to meet Salem, who disposed of Crawford County in the previous contest.

"It's tough because we played really well against them the other night," North Harrison coach Hal Pearson said. "(Charlestown coach Sam Terrell) was naturally going to change some things. He played a lot more zone early against us. We kind of got used to that."

North Harrison's defense allowed Charlestown just four field-goal attempts in the first period and forced nine turnovers in the eight minutes. The Lady Cats, however, only managed to get four of their 15 shots to go down, while converting on just four of the nine turnovers to take a 10-4 lead.

Things improved for the Lady Cats in the second quarter. After missing its first four field-goal attempts, North Harrison connected on six of its next seven, using a 16-0 run to take a 26-8 lead. Charlestown got two deuces to fall in the final minute, and the Lady Cats took a 26-12 lead to the locker room at halftime.

"The first half was about like what we played the last game," Pearson said. "It was about 12, 13 at halftime. We had it to 17 in there a couple of times, and it looked like we could make a run, and every time they cut it to 13 or 15 till they made that run in the fourth quarter."

Charlestown handled the ball better in the third quarter after coughing it up 17 times in the first half. The Lady Pirates allowed the North Harrison lead to advance only slightly in the period, but the Lady Cats still enjoyed a 40-23 lead with one period to go.

"In the third quarter, I kind of thought we were kind of complacent," Pearson said. "We were satisfied with where we were at. We were thinking, 'Well, we're not necessarily going to lose.' But we didn't finish it off."

The Lady Pirates gained some confidence in the fourth period, getting three triples to find their mark while North was settling for singles. Charlestown closed the gap to 10, 46-36, with just under three minutes left.

North Harrison, however, finished the game with a 6-3 burst to earn the 52-39 win.

"It was more things we were doing than what they were doing," Pearson said. "The game got a little physical there late, too. It was more us just kind of quit attacking and even offensively in the half court set we didn't attack very much."

"In our defense attack, we got a lot of things out of our defense and transition out of our defense in that second quarter, and we didn't get any of that (in the third)," he said. "At this point, it's survive and move on, which is what we've done."

Kendra Lambert led the Lady Cats with 12 points, and Rebekah Stephenson came off the bench for 11. North Harrison was 16 of 46 (35 percent) from the field and 19 of 35 from the free-throw line. The Lady Cats had just 13 turnovers for 32 minutes.

"We were 19 of 35 from the free-throw line, which is 54 percent, so we just got a little bit complacent," Pearson said.

Taryn Moore and Brittany Bennison each had 13 points for Charlestown. The Lady Pirates, who had 25 turnovers, connected on 13 of 36 field-goal attempts (36 percent) and 4 of 11 free throws."We kept the ball and didn't turn the ball over and made them foul us," Pearson said.

"We made half the free throws. If you make a lot more free throws, it's not a 13-point game either. You hit some of those free throws, you shoot 65 percent, and you pull away a little earlier, and it doesn't get down to 10."

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