Lady Cats sail past county rival, 47-31
After the game went back and forth through the whole first half, North Harrison put together a major offensive to hold host Corydon Central to its lowest scoring game of the season in a 47-31 Lady Cats win.
“We went into an attack mode,” North Harrison coach Hal Pearson said. “The kids took what we said at halftime exactly and quit playing so timid and went after them a little bit.”
The whole first quarter was a trading session between the two teams until Laura Allen swished a three-ball and Sasha Grangier followed with a deuce for an 11-8 North Harrison lead. Neither team scored in the last minute and a half, and the Lady Cats held the edge after eight minutes.
North Harrison led through most of the second period until MacKenzie Dyer knocked a three down with a minute and a half to go for an 18-16 Corydon edge.
The Lady Cats turned the ball over on their next possession, but the Lady Panthers misfired three times. Meghan Bussabarger swished two singles following an Allen foul to put Corydon up by four.
North Harrison coughed up the ball again, but Corydon misfired, and the Lady Panthers took a four-point lead to the locker room at the break.
“It was very close,” Pearson said of the first 16 minutes of play. “They had a nice run at the first of the half and we had a nice run at the end of the half. We let Dyer get loose there in the corner, and she got to the hole a couple of times.”
“At halftime we talked about attacking the basket, to looking to score more instead of looking not to turn the ball over,” Pearson said. “I think that was the big difference. We actually came out the second half and attacked the basket. We broke the press and looked for some easy scores and got the ball inside a little more.”
Corydon suffered a complete breakdown in the third quarter, hitting just one of 12 field goal attempts, that one coming early, when C.J. Reed nailed a 16-footer.
North Harrison, on the other hand, missed just three of its nine shots and took a 32-22 lead. There was a consequence to that, however, as Lady Cat point guard Laura Allen went down with a knee problem with 3:43 to go in the period.
“There was a moment or two where there was two or three minutes of panic, but the thing is, we’ve been in that spot all year already,” Pearson said. “Hopefully, she’ll be back, but you don’t know. … Nobody was around her. She was turning to throw the ball down the court, so we don’t know.”
“The Allen girl … she rehabbed with my daughter and went through the same surgery, so we got close to her family,” Corydon coach Larry Ragland said. “Even though she’s been a thorn in my side for six years, I was sick after I saw her go down again. If we get them again, I want to beat them with Allen. I just hope she’s able to recover.”
Things improved only slightly for the Lady Panthers in the fourth quarter, as Corydon connected on just 2 of 11 field goal attempts.
The Lady Cats shot well again in the period, picking their game up after Allen’s misfortune and hitting 5 of 9 field goals. North Harrison outscored Corydon 31-11 in the second half for the 47-31 win.
“Defensively, we did about as well as we could,” Pearson said. “Dyer had nine at half, so we changed some things up and tried to find her a little better the second half. That helped a little bit, too.”
Despite the injury, Allen led North Harrison with 11 points, and Kayla Lambert followed with 10. North Harrison was 18 of 35 (51 percent) from the field and hit 3 of just 5 free-throw attempts. The Lady Cats committed 25 turnovers.
“Lambert had nine rebounds tonight,” Pearson said. “(Jessica Mosier) has consistently has seven or eight rebounds. Sasha had 16 rebounds against Clarksville the other night. We’ve had some people step up. Katie (Voyles) and Madison (Snodgrass) played the third quarter great. Katie Voyles stepped up and came in late in the game and played real well there.”
Bussabarger led the Lady Panthers with 10 points, and Dyer was held to nine. The Lady Panthers had a poor shooting night, making just 10 of 42 field goals (23 percent), but they hit 7 of 9 free throws. Corydon made 14 turnovers.
Pearson said shutting down Bussabarger and Dyer was the main goal.
“The rest of them are pretty solid players, but those two, especially with Dyer getting hot really early, we were trying to play our cards early and see if (it) would be Reed or Keinsley, to see if that third person was going to get really hot,” he said. “At the beginning of the fourth, (Ragland) ran a couple of things that hurt our set and then got right back into it. We switched to a different defense a little bit and let them forget about how they were beating us in what they were in, and then went right back into what we were playing most of the second half and kept them to 11 (points for the half).”