NH earns weekend split; McMillin sets record
The season-opener for the girls basketball teams from Jeffersonville and North Harrison came and went in a flurry on Friday night. Using a press to get going early and a balanced scoring attack late, the Lady Red Devils raced past the hosts, 74-62. The Lady Cats bounced back with a bang, however, as they crushed Eastern the following night, 75-44, behind a record-breaking performance by junior Kim McMillin.
McMillin, a slender 5-11 guard, chased a 26-point evening against Jeffersonville with a staggering, 43-point effort against the Lady Musketeers. McMillin’s total against Eastern set a new single-game scoring mark, which was previously held by Dalonda Newton from 1985. She also contributed five rebounds against Jeff and went 17 for 26 from the floor with seven steals and six rebounds against Eastern.
“I’m probably harder on her than anybody out there but I think she’s got all the potential in the world,” North coach Missy Voyles said of her junior. “I’m not going to get off her until I feel like she’s reached her potential. I feel like I’m not doing my job if I don’t push her to do more than what she’s doing.”
“I told her ‘For a lot of people what you did tonight (against Jeff) would be a great game but for you I think it’s average. I think you’re more capable of what you let yourself be capable of.’ We’re working on her being more assertive on the floor. At this point last year she wasn’t near taking the ball to the basket like she did (against Jeffersonville). We’ve also got to know where she is. Many times I saw her standing over there waving and frustrated, not getting the ball. You kind of have to know where she is at all times, if no one else.”
The Lady Cats hope McMillin can keep the hot hand on the road Saturday night against a talented young group from Scottsburg. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m.
North Harrison (1-1) jumped out to a 27-8 lead by the end of the first quarter and pushed the margin out to 45-24 at the half.
Lady Cat junior Liz Geltmaker finished with 13 points and nine assists against Eastern, which is still dealing with the loss of its leading scorer (13.8 ppg.) from last year, Marissa Dunn (transferred to Salem). Teammate Gayla Schmelz pulled down eight rebounds, freshman Tara Miller chipped in eight points and had five steals. Candy Smith, Lindsay Shroyer, Morgan Carr, Amanda Hecker and Rachel Cannon all added two apiece for North. Andrea Langemaat was held to one points but chipped in with three assists, three rebounds and five steals.
The previous night against Jeffersonville, North struggled against the Lady Devils’ press and never fully recovered from Jeff’s 7-0 start to the game. Although North trimmed its deficit to one in the third quarter, it never led in the ball game.
The press bothered North “more than it should have,” said Voyles. “We’ve worked on that, not throwing the ball to the corner to Liz but hitting the middle. We didn’t do that well. Liz was frustrated after the game with that and I don’t blame her. But again, inexperience. Hopefully we’ll learn to correct some of those mistakes between now and Thanksgiving.”
Another factor in the game was the debut of Jeff’s 6-5 freshman center, Samantha Johnson. The giant-sized youngster with hands of glue tallied 11 points on the night, but more importantly she made an otherwise equal battle in the paint heavily lopsided in favor of the visitors.
After trailing by as much as 13 points in the first quarter, the Lady Cats battled back to within four with 24 seconds left in the half on a pair of McMillin free throws. Kim Grunnger lifted the margin back to six at the half, 40-34.
Shroyer and McMillin tossed in buckets to start the third period before Andrea Holbrook added two of her seven points. McMillin scored again to make it 41-40. Jackie Rogers lifted the Lady Devils with her own 8-2 outburst on a pair of threes to silence the home crowd.
North trailed, 54-45, to start the fourth. A small 8-2 run gave the Lady Cats hope of a huge rally but Lauren Stewart, Amy Austin and Rogers all had baskets in the final minute to put out the fire.
The Lady Cats shot 17 of 49 (35 percent) while Jeffersonville hit 27 of 58 (47 percent) and out-rebounded the hosts, 42-28. North committed 26 turnovers (Jeff had 29) and went 25 of 35 at the line. The Lady Red Devils were 17 of 29 at the charity stripe.
“Rebounding killed us more than anything,” Voyles said. “We had one offensive board at halftime and you can’t win a whole lot of ball games when you get a one-shot trip,” Voyles said. “You have to take into account some of that is never getting the second shot,” Voyles said. “We’re going to live and die perimeter quite a bit. Some of your second shots are high percentage shots and we didn’t get many of those.”
Geltmaker finished with 18 points with two threes and 10 of 12 shooting at the line, Shroyer added 12 points on 6-8 shooting from the line and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds with six assists. Carr tossed in four points with Schmelz and Miller both added a point apiece.
Four Jeff players reached double-digits: Rogers had 16, Austin had 14, Stewart had 12 and Johnson finished with 11.
— The junior varsity Lady Cats came out of this weekend undefeated, beating Jeffersonville (45-33) and Eastern (37-31). Against Jeff, Cassie Milburn led the way with 14 points and seven assists. Abby Wells finished with eight points and Morgan Carr and Rachel Cannon finished with seven apiece. Stefany Jaso dominated the boards, pulling down 14 rebounds. In the Eastern game, Morgan Carr led the way with 17 points on five three-pointers. Cassie Milburn added 13 points and Rachel Cannon had nine rebounds.