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Shroyer lights it up for 22 after Cannon injured

North Harrison smashed the Providence Lady Pioneers Thursday night, as senior Lindsay Shroyer lit up the nets for 22 points after seeing teammate Rachel Cannon take a fall early in the game.
The score of the game was not indicative of how the Lady Cats played early. North Harrison missed its first seven shots and didn’t score until the 5:43 mark, when junior all-state candidate Tara Miller hit a jumper from about 12 feet. Cannon and Shroyer got deuces inside, then with 3:46 to go in the period, Cannon went down hard, holding her knee. The junior was carried from the floor and did not return to the game.
‘I was scared,’ Shroyer said. ‘It was scary because my mom just had ACL surgery. I didn’t want Rachel to go through anything like that. I knew we had to keep going. Rachel is a big part of our offense and has been doing a great job inside, getting rebounds and scoring points for us. When she’s out, we’ve got to take up the slack.’
Shroyer did just that, hitting a pair of jumpers. Cassie Milburn then added an old-fashioned three-point play for a 13-2 first quarter lead.
Shroyer scored again to start the second quarter, beginning an 8-2 run, but foul trouble appeared, as Miller and Morgan Carr were called for their third fouls in the quarter.
North Harrison continued to dominate the period, going on to build a 31-11 lead at the half.
North Harrison’s flatness at the beginning of the game left Shroyer at a loss, but Lady Cat assistant coach Alan Reed saw several things to explain it.
‘I don’t think we came in ready to play,’ Reed said. ‘It was definitely sloppy, a lot of fouls, a lot of throwing the ball around before we shot. When we rebounded, we didn’t put it back in. The girls saw Rachel go down, and I think that bothered them a little bit. They didn’t know what was wrong with her.’
It was Shroyer again who started North Harrison’s next run, grabbing the first four points in a 16-2 Lady Cat outburst. Lauren Ehalt finally got a deuce for the Lady Pioneers, but North Harrison finished out the period with another 7-0 run. North Harrison’s defense allowed Providence only a pair of field goals and a pair free throws in the fourth quarter, as the Lady Cats took the game, 75-21.
‘The strongest part of our game is our defense,’ Reed said. ‘We change defenses a lot. Cassie does a good job out on the point for us. Tara is there anticipating those cross-court passes. She does an excellent job rebounding on the weak side. Lindsay does a good job in the middle of our defense.
‘Our half-court trap has been good for us lately. It wasn’t the same kind of game for us because they were calling it a lot closer and we didn’t adjust very well. We got a lot of fouls. We usually get away with being a little more aggressive than we did tonight.’
Besides Shroyer’s 22 points, Miller finished with 19 points and Milburn had 11. The North Harrison bench provided 19 of the Lady Cats’ total. North Harrison hit 20 of 24 free throws and committed 16 turnovers.
Amber Schmidt led Providence with five points. The Lady Pioneers were 7 of 17 from the free throw line and committed 36 turnovers.
‘We were looking to get a few more people some minutes tonight,’ Reed said. ‘Amanda Hardin has been doing a good job coming in off the bench. Normally, she’s rotating in for Cassie or Lindsay. She didn’t shoot the ball too well the first half. She made a couple of shots for us (in) the second half.’
‘We tried to get Charissa Brooks in the game a little and get her some minutes. Leigha (Bowyer) came in and did a good job. She didn’t do anything outstanding, but she didn’t hurt us. She came in and played the role she needed to play.’