Lights out for Providence as NH’s McMillin lights it up for 36
There’s the Twilight Zone, a 2-3 zone, a calzone, a red zone, and the zone Kim McMillin was in last Thursday night in Clarksville.
McMillin, a junior guard for North Harrison who leads the area in scoring at 23.9 ppg., churned out 36 on 13 of 18 shooting and had nine assists in her team’s 86-67 blowout of Providence.
The loss was Providence’s fifth in its last six games.
McMillin lit the Lady Pioneers up inside, outside, in single-coverage, in triangle-and-two and probably would have knocked down a few shots from Hwy. 131 if the court extended that far. During the third quarter, she scored nine straight and six in the exact same spot on the floor in the final 1:31 to give the visitors a 65-48 lead.
“When she’s on, she’s really on. I was amazed that I had to tell the rest of the team at the half that they needed to get Kim the ball,” Lady Cats coach Missy Voyles said. “The amazing thing was she got even better in the second half. She gets in a zone like that every now and then, and watch out.”
The Lady Cats play tonight (Wednesday) at home against Austin before traveling to Clarksville Saturday afternoon at 1 and to county-rival Corydon Central next Tuesday evening.
North (9-3) hadn’t played a game since a 63-36 blowout of Columbus East on Dec. 17. Any concern about an offensive letdown was quickly quieted when the Lady Cats exploded to a 21-6 lead and 27-10 at the first buzzer.
Providence (11-6) refused to roll over. They clawed back into it on two free throws by Katie Coulter, two baskets by Sara Gavin, and two buckets from Charly Day. By the time the flurry was over, the Lady Pioneers were within seven, 33-26. A pair of North freshmen, Morgan Carr and Tara Miller, helped push the lead back out to 41-27. However, Jill Andres had a put-back on a missed free throw for an old-fashioned three to make it 41-30 at the half.
Sophomore Lindsay Shroyer and junior Liz Geltmaker put six quick points on the board for the Lady Cats and Gavin answered with a trey at the other end. That’s when McMillin went insane. From the 5:11 mark to the end of the period, she scored 14 points.
All Providence could muster in the final period were a couple of mop-up points as the Lady Cats pulled away for the win.
North had a total of 39 assists in the game, with Miller handing out 13 and scoring 20. Shroyer had a season-high 14 points with nine boards; Liz Geltmaker was held to seven points, and a quartet of players all scored two for the Lady Cats: Carr, Amanda Hecker, Gayla Schmelz and Rachel Cannon. Andrea Langemaat connected on one free throw for her lone point in the contest.
McMillin’s effort in the second half helped counter 13 points from Gavin and 14 from Coulter. Gavin finished with 17 on three threes and Coulter had 21. Jill Andres scored 17 as well in the loss, where the Lady Pioneers were held to 27 of 53 from the floor and committed 25 turnovers.
“We just got beat by a much better team tonight,” Providence coach Pam Hall said. “Our defense was non-existent. North Harrison’s kids all work on their shots; they all dive after loose balls. That’s all heart, listening and discipline. Our kids just don’t do that like they do. If anyone has any suggestions on how to improve this team, they can call Providence High School.
“We shouldn’t have beat them. There’s only one girl on this team that beat a team we weren’t supposed to beat, and that’s Coulter when we beat Floyd Central a couple of years ago. We’ll just have to pick up the pieces and go from here, I guess.”
North Harrison was 36 of 50 on field goals, 5-8 on threes and had just 10 miscues in the game.
Voyles said she wasn’t overly concerned with the run Providence made in the first half.
“We played good defense in a few spots and then backed off that a little bit. We hadn’t practiced defense a whole lot because we were playing good defense just before the break. We’ve mainly been working on our offense in 3-on-3 and 4-on-4 situations,” North’s coach said. “We just put in a half-court trap, and I think when Providence adjusted to it, we kind of broke down a little bit.”