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Oh, what a night!

There are memorable nights, and then they are really memorable ones.
Monday evening in Ramsey was an example of the latter.
For starters, Lady Cat head coach Missy Voyles was honored by the Hoosier Basketball Coaches Association as the District 4 Coach of the Year for 2002. Her former mentor at New Albany, Angie Hinton, made the presentation.
Second, with 4:47 left in the final quarter, senior guard and Indiana All-Star candidate Kim McMillin broke North Harrison’s girls career scoring record after swishing a pair of free throws.
Third, the Lady Cats won their 18th game of the season, beating New Albany, 48-43, to remain undefeated heading into the final two games of the year. And to top it all off, the victory was the 100th in Voyles career.
The low-scoring confrontation gave the Lady Cats a bit of a scare, but they never seemed rattled in the face of such pressure to win.
“New Albany came out and played really tough defense against us,” McMillin said after scoring 22 points to put her career total at 1,461.
“We were 17-0 coming in, and you always have 20-0 on your mind. We just take it one game at a time. I think we’ve done a good job keeping our cool. Coach Voyles does a great job scouting the other teams, and that’s a big reason why we are where we’re at.”
McMillin playfully apologized to the former record-holder, Leigh Carr, who is now playing NCAA Division I basketball at Eastern Kentucky.
“She’s a great girl, but I’m sorry. I had to do it,” North’s senior quipped.
Fellow senior Liz Geltmaker scored 13 points with six steals and five assists; sophomore Tara Miller had nine points, six assists and five rebounds, and sophomore Rachel Cannon had two points, along with Lindsay Shroyer, who also grabbed five rebounds.
After last night’s 66-26 win at Perry Central, North will go for perfection Thursday at home against Mid-Southern Conference-foe Eastern, which will be Senior Night for McMillin and Geltmaker.
New Albany (11-8) started the game with an 8-2 lead on six points by Whitney Todd. McMillin countered with a five-point burst and Miller added a deuce, but the Lady Bulldogs still led by one at the first stop, 10-9.
The second period provided the most highlights, with the two clubs combining for eight threes and a couple of lead changes.
Stephanie Lynch, a 6-3 sophomore who led her team with 15 points, sandwiched a pair of buckets inside around a Geltmaker three. Geltmaker added back-to-back treys, McMillin banked one from way outside, and Miller tacked on two frees to give the hosts a 22-14 advantage.
New Albany found its rhythm after North’s burst, with Trisha Bennett knocking two frees and Briana Stone finding her stroke from beyond the arc on three straight three-pointers to give the visitors a 25-22 lead.
Miller connected on a three from the left wing, which was immediately followed by a steal and lay-in by Geltmaker. McMillin closed out the period with a jumper to set the score at 30-25.
North continued its tear to start the second half and pushed the lead to nine before New Albany closed to within one point at the end of the period, 37-36.
Cannon’s jumper from the left side was the only basket in the first 5:17 of the final frame. Lynch had two buckets in the paint in the final three minutes, and Stone hit another long one, but North’s 7-11 shooting from the foul stripe saved the day for the hosts.
The Lady Cats were 16 of 36 from the floor, including 6-14 on threes and 10-15 at the foul stripe. North was only out-rebounded by four, 23-19, and committed just 12 turnovers while forcing 21 on New Albany.
The Lady Bulldogs hit 18 of 39 shots, 4-10 beyond the arc, and made it to the line three times, converting all three.
“There was a lot of pressure on being undefeated,” Voyles said. “You had Kim’s record and my 100th win, and Tara had a personal game going on with some of New Albany’s players, who are on her AAU team. It was just a high, emotional game for everyone.”
In addition to Lynch’s 15 points, Stone finished with 14 for New Albany.
NH whips PC, 66-26
Liz Geltmaker scored 18 points with four threes and Rachel Cannon had 11 as North Harrison moved one step away from a perfect regular season last night, defeating host Perry Central, 66-26.
The Cats, which shot 23 of 59 from the floor, powered to a 20-2 first quarter led and held the advantage to the half, 30-12. The visitors turned on the defensive clamps in the third, forcing 13 turnovers and posting an 18-2 run to go up by 34, 48-14.
Kim McMillin was the focus of the Lady Commodore defense and was held to 10 points. Tara Miller and Morgan Carr both scored eight as well for NH. Cassie Milburn had six.
Perry (4-15), which shot just 7 of 30 from the field and had 29 turnovers to North’s 12, was led by Lindsey Ransome’s eight points.

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