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NH roars past LHS, Salem

It was a big double-win weekend for the North Harrison boys’ basketball team, as the Cougars blew away the Lanesville Eagles, 96-60, on Friday night, then pushed away Salem in the fourth quarter Saturday night, 95-78.
Friday’s game against Lanesville was one of runs until the Cougars finally pulled away in the second half. North Harrison made the first run with a 9-2 burst, but the Eagles countered just as quickly with a 10-3 run, to pull back within one point. Chad Miller swished a three as did Blake Snodgrass later, and a 10-3 run by the Cougars put North Harrison up 23-15 after one quarter.
The Cougars tried to break away in the second when Ross Schulz sank a triple and Daniel Love took the inside route for a deuce. The Eagles responded with 9-4 run, most of those in the paint, cutting the Cougar advantage to six. Cody Mitchell put North Harrison’s lead back in double digits with a deuce and triple, but Matt Schickel was fouled on a last-second shot. Schickel hit two of three free throws to keep Lanesville within single digits at halftime.
“The second quarter, I didn’t think we played nearly as well as we’re capable of,” said North Harrison assistant coach Kelly Cooper. “I thought they outplayed us by far. That was unacceptable to us, but our kids responded, and we bounced back and played a pretty solid second half.”
One person giving the Cougars a hard time was Brad Smith, who had moved from the North Harrison school district to Lanesville the year before. Smith pulled down several offensive boards to get his nine first-half points.
North Harrison again tried to break away at the start of the third period, as Chad Miller banged in two triples and Mitchell added a deuce for a 45-32 Cougar lead. Nick Geswein and Schickel pulled Lanesville back within nine again, but then the Cougars hammered down a big spike, with a 15-2 run for a 61-40 lead. That broke Lanesville’s spirit, and the Cougars went on to post a 95-60 win.
“It was nine at the half, and coming out we were hoping to cut into that,” said Lanesville assistant coach Matt Kellems. “I really didn’t think we did as good of job getting the ball inside before coming outside the second half. I think that really hurt us.”
Miller led the Cougars with 22 points, and Snodgrass hit for 18. Mitchell poured in 15 points and Schulz had 10. The Cougars shot 32 of 60 from the field (53 percent) and hit 22 of 31 free throws.
Lanesville’s scoring was led by Smith, who finished with 14. Schickel hit for 12 points and Nick Geswein added 10 for the Eagles, which hit eight of 13 free throws and 24 of 56 field goals (43 percent). The big stat was turnovers, where Lanesville coughed it up 21 times.
Kellems said Smith did a good job of keeping his composure in a tough situation at his former school.
“This was a big game for Brad. He had a donut against them last year, and being from North Harrison originally, he knew they were going to be on him. He did a good job of stepping up,” Kellems said.
North Harrison 95, Salem 78
Saturday night’s game for the Cougars against conference opponent Salem was important. And around the third quarter, the Lions were seriously thinking about an upset.
The Cougars quickly established a 17-4 lead, hitting four quick triples to try to open up the game at its onset. Salem, who was using a triangle-and-two defense with chasers on Miller and Snodgrass, didn’t panic, found some range and didn’t let the Cougars gain any more ground in the period, getting down 27-13 after one.
North Harrison bettered only slightly in the second quarter. Andrew Hudson got two inside, and Chad Nelson got a three to keep Salem within 11, then North made a quick 6-2 burst. The Cougars led 38-22 with three minutes to go in the half, but gained no more ground in taking a 48-33 lead at halftime.
The third period was the complete opposite of the first two, as Hudson got more involved and the Cougars became a little disheveled. Hudson got four of Salem’s first eight points, as the Lions cut their deficit to eight. After a Daniel Love deuce, Salem came back with six more, slicing the Cougar lead to four.
Love got another goal inside, then Snodgrass added a triple for the Cougars, who went back out front by nine points. Salem fired back with a 7-3 burst and later was back within four, as Terry Griffus got three the old-fashioned way. After a free throw by Cody Mitchell, Matt Adkins swished a triple and the Cougar lead was just two, 63-61.
Snodgrass got inside with two seconds left in the third quarter, which was the start of North Harrison’s next big run, 17-3, to push the Cougar advantage back to 80-64. That run proved to be the back-breaker, and North went on to win, 95-78.
North Harrison put five players in double figures, with Snodgrass getting 25 points and Miller hitting for 15. Cody Mitchell finished with 13 points, while Krieg Reed and Daniel Love had 12 and 11, respectively. Ross Schulz had nine points and nine rebounds.
Chad Nelson led Salem with 22 points for the game, and Matt Adkins had 17. Zack Richards tossed up 15 points, while Andrew Hudson finished up with 14. Salem hit just five of eight free throws for the game.