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Can it be done? NH eyes 20-0 after big win

Wow!
If you were at last night’s scrum between Corydon Central and North Harrison: Was that a game or what?
If you weren’t: Shame on you!
Two of the top girls basketball teams in Southern Indiana – and probably the state – went at it tooth and nail last night in Ramsey.
When the dust finally settled 40 minutes and two overtimes later, North Harrison’s girls still held their perfect record and Corydon Central showed the state that they are much better than their No. 13 ranking in Class 3A.
The Lady Cats (14-0) had to use every bit of the 40-minute affair to rally from an 11-point deficit at the half and knock off their county rivals, 77-74.
The game had been hyped since Day One of the 2002-2003 season, but picked up steam when both clubs reached 9-0. Corydon lost to Southport on Jan. 4, but that didn’t take any of the luster away from last night’s hum-dinger.
It was a shame that someone had to lose. Both teams shot well, played pretty tough defensively and executed their coaches’ game plans flawlessly.
Seniors played like seniors, underclassmen played like seasoned veterans, student cheer blocks heckled players (the most imaginative was a male Corydon backer offering his phone number to a Lady Cat player) and the 2,100 fans (on a Tuesday night!) cheered and booed every call.
With the 2003 edition of the Kitty Cat Classic (and it was most certainly a classic) in the books, all eyes in Harrison County are looking ahead at North’s schedule.
What’s there?
To be brutally honest, not much.
Six games stand between North Harrison and perfection. Only two clubs – New Albany (9-6) and Brownstown (7-5) – have winning records. In order, West Washington (3-11), Charlestown (6-13), Perry Central (4-11) and Eastern (6-7) are also slated to fire at the bullseye planted on the backs of the No. 5-ranked Lady Cats.
Two small hurdles are all I see the rest of the way for the Lady Cats, which lead the state in scoring average at 74.29 (four points better than second place).
New Albany possesses two dangerous weapons in 6-5 center Stephanie Lynch and 5-6 guard Trish Bennett. If North can run and pound with Jeffersonville, I see no reason why they can’t do the same at home against the Lady ‘Dogs.
Conference foe Brownstown is a different animal. The last time North traveled to Lady Braves Country, the hosts plopped a 70-64 decision on the Lady Cats en route to a M.S.C. title. Away from “The Pit,” Brownstown would be a cakewalk. In the Lady Braves’ tee-pee, it’s a different story.
So, can North Harrison run the table? Most definitely.
Outside of Lynch, none of the future opponents for North sport a Division I-type player. The Lady Cats have two in Kim McMillin and Tara Miller, and a supporting cast that makes “Friends” look like the “Anna Nicole Smith Show.”
In my humble opinion, it would take an upset along the lines of Milan over Muncie Central for North to be denied a 20-0 record heading into the postseason.
And that’s the neat thing: Corydon and North could play again at Scottsburg’s Charles E. Meyer Gymnasium for the 3A Sectional and a right to take on (most likely) 3A defending state runner-up Gibson Southern.
The key for North Harrison is to keep an eye on the prize and go into every game assuming the team they are playing is undefeated, too. Squads with nothing to lose tend to be pretty feisty.
Just like Corydon last night.

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