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North Harrison plows over and through SC, 72-43

The North Harrison Lady Cats dismantled the visiting South Central Lady Rebels piece by piece last Wednesday night and strolled away with a whopping 72-43 win in an inter-county rival matchup.
‘It was a good win,’ said North Harrison coach Hal Pearson. ‘We played it all the way through for four quarters and played really well tonight.’
‘We knew coming up here that Hal would run some kind of gimmick ‘D’ like a box-and-one or something like that and we had worked on a few things against it,’ said South Central coach Randall Schoen. ‘The main thing is in those situations the girls have to step up and hit shots and we didn’t do it. We can’t continually depend on Brittany (Schoen) to score for us.’
The first quarter was about as even as you could get except for the score. Both teams had two turnovers and were five of 14 from the field in the first eight minutes. North Harrison had one more three-ball than the Lady Rebels and held an 18-17 edge.
South Central’s shooting froze over in the second quarter as the Lady Rebels hit just one of 11 field goal attempts. The Lady Cats, meanwhile, knocked down five field goals in a 14-2 run during the period. Nine of those points came off of turnover conversions from eight South Central mistakes.
‘Defensively we didn’t do a whole lot through that spurt there,’ Schoen said. ‘We weren’t scoring and we let them get off some shots. They built an 11-point lead by half and that was pretty well the ball game for us.’
South Central star Brittany Schoen was held to just three field goals and nine points in the half.
‘Anytime she came across half-court we just went to a box and went to the top and trapped her quite a bit and tried to make her give up the ball,’ Pearson said. ‘It didn’t work all the time but it worked quite a bit and well enough. Our kids did a great job all the way through. They handled everything they were thrown at them and when they changed back to a man and zone and other things we ran the break well.’
‘We talked about that we’ve lost five of the six first quarters we’ve played,’ he said. ‘We gave up some points in the first but once we changed a little bit defensively we were able to hold them that second quarter.’
South Central failed to gain any ground on the Lady Cats but played more evenly during the third eight minutes. Schoen got a pair of long balls to go down, swishing a running three at the buzzer to keep the Lady Rebels within 14 with one period to go.
The final period, however, proved even worse for the Lady Rebels. Schoen started the period with a three-ball but North Harrison answered with a 12-0 run to lead 62-39. During that run Schoen was called for her fifth foul with 5:29 left in the game. With South Central’s star shooter on the bench the Lady Cats coasted rest of the way.
‘Everybody played well off the bench,’ said Pearson. ‘We rotated a fresh body on Brittany all the time and tried to wear her down and get her tired.
‘She hit a running three at the buzzer (in the third) and came out and hit another one (in the fourth) but she’s a good player. We played her straight up for a little bit but we couldn’t find her and she was just taking the game on us so we ended up in a box-and-one.’
‘For the most part she probably didn’t handle it too well,’ Schoen said of his daughter. ‘She got frustrated. Early it seemed like she settled down and got going but then she picked up a couple of silly fouls and they came back to haunt her later in the game. With six minutes to go we’ve got to have her on the floor instead of sitting on the side.’
North Harrison put five players in double figures with Kayla Lambert leading the way with 19 points. Ashley Eveslage followed with 14 points and Laura Allen had 11 points. Brandi Auberry and Jessica Mosier each finished with 10 points each for the game. North Harrison was 23 of 61 (37 percent) from the field and 20 of 24 from the free throw line. The Lady Cats turned the ball over just 11 times.
‘Our kids came out ready to play,’ Pearson said. ‘You look at Kayla Lambert, she had 19 points and 11 rebounds. That’s a heck-of-a-game. Ashley Eveslage ended up with 14 and five (rebounds). Laura Allen had 11 points and 11 assists tonight, another great game. All the way around, Mosier had 10 and five (rebounds) and I really liked how Brandi Auberry played off the bench. She did a good job on Brittany when she was in and she also turned around and scored 10 points for us.’
Schoen led the Lady Rebels with 20 points on four threes and Kaela Orwick finished with 10 points. South Central was just 16 of 67 (23 percent) from the field and four of eight from the stripe. South Central coughed the ball up 17 times for turnovers.
‘I thought our post players were playing well tonight but we weren’t able to send the ball inside so they could help us out,’ said Schoen. ‘We’re pretty inconsistent shooting right now and we have been. We’ve got a couple of other girls out here, ( Candice) Cartwright and (Megan) Sherrard both, some games, have showed they can knock the three down, but they haven’t showed it consistently enough. Tonight they got good looks. They just didn’t hit any of them. Until we get a little more consistent with our outside shooting with someone other than Brittany, we probably will struggle with it.
‘This was a pretty embarrassing loss for us tonight,’ Schoen said. ‘We lost six ball games last year. With this group we can regroup. We’ve got to find our niche. We’ve got to be able to knock those shots down when we’re open and we will. Right now we’re not a very good pressing team because we’re not in real good basketball shape. Once we get to that point we’ll be able to press a little bit. That’s always been our strong point, being able to press.
‘Hopefully when we’re pressing we’ve won’t have to depend on those threes.’
Pearson said his team just needs some tweaking here and there.
We’ve just got basic things to work on,’ he said. ‘Just making sure we find the opposite going off of our set. When something’s taken away, how to change that. We still need to work on our press a little bit more. For the first few minutes they just flat beat us down the floor so we’ve still got that to work on a little bit.’