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Cougars clip Braves, nip FC in OT thriller

After a 1-4 start to the season, North Harrison’s youthful basketball team is starting to come around.
The club traveled to Brownstown on Friday and emerged from the hosts’ den with an 84-67 blowout on 38 points from sophomore guard Blake Snodgrass and 25 from Chad Nate Miller. The victory gave North coach Rick Snodgrass win No. 200 for his career.
Last night in Ramsey, Floyd Central — which was coming off a three-overtime loss to Joe Hinton’s Providence Pioneers on Friday night — tied the game in regulation on a three-pointer by sophomore Derek Summers. Summers drove the length of the floor and nailed a three on the left wing to send it into overtime.
Floyd went on a 5-0 run to start the extra period with the help of another Summers triple. The lead went up in flames however as the hosts made a furious rally.
After the Highlanders’ Charlie Jenney missed a shot with :20 to go in overtime, the Cougars got the board and Miller brought the ball up court and drove left side of lane, drawing a blocking foul. He missed the first and hit the second with just four seconds left. Robbie Gray drove length of floor for Floyd and missed a 15-foot runner as time expired, giving the Cougars a thrilling 84-83 home victory.
Miller ripped the nets with 39 points on nine three-pointers. Snodgrass chipped in with 21. Gary Fessel scored all six of his points in the third quarter.
The Highlanders raced out to a 12-3 lead to start the game. North then outscored the visitors 18-4 to the first stop.
Jenney had 34 and Summers 24 in the loss. Kyle Thrasher, still feeling the effects of an ankle injury, was scoreless on the night and fouled out in the fourth quarter.
Floyd shot 60 percent from the floor on 30-50 shots and was 7-13 on three pointers. North Harrison was 24 of 53 from the field, including 11 of 28 on threes, and went25 of 32 from the charity stripe. Floyd hit 16 of 22 free tries.
Rebounds were nearly even with the Cougars tilting things in their favor, 29-27. North had just two miscues in the fourth quarter and overtime combined to finish with 11. Floyd had 15 turnovers, including five in the fourth and overtime.
Snodgrass said Friday’s win over Brownstown was impressive in his eyes.
“It was a good win for our team. We played with lots of heart and desire and in the second half we played the best half of defense we have played all year. It was a great way to win my 200th game as a varsity coach,” Snodgrass said.
Blake Snodgrass finished with 38 in the Brownstown victory on 10 of 13 shooting, 4-5 on threes and he hit 14 of 15 free throws.
Shanon Miller had a good start for North against the Braves as he scored five points in the first quarter, but he picked up his second foul and had to sit out all of the second quarter. He had another good effort on the defensive side of the court in the second half, Snodgrass said.
“Gary Fessel, Cody Mitchell, and Steve Throckmorton did a great job on the inside for us by setting good screens in our offense, playing good defense, and grabbing key rebounds at the right time,” Snodgrass said.
Fessel finished with five rebounds and Throckmorton had four steals.
Smoothie Miller hit two big shots in the second and third quarters and had a couple key steals. Daniel Love had a strong fourth quarter with two key defensive rebounds.
“Brownstown Central is a tough place to play and I thought our kids did a great job of controlling the tempo the second half,” Snodgrass said.
The Cougars return to action this Friday night at Perry Central. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. for the junior varsity squad.