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Lady Cats roast Lady Dragons 53-39

After a nightmarish first quarter, North Harrison got a lift from Caitlyn Janes and pulled away in the second period to go on to a 53-39 win over visiting Silver Creek last Wednesday, allowing coach Hal Pearson and his team to better digest their Thanksgiving Day meal.
‘That’s been a nemesis for us, our first half,’ said Pearson after his team’s win. ‘That’s what we did at the Scottsburg game. I think we had nine points at halftime. We just didn’t come out and shoot very well whatsoever.’
Even a barn would have felt itself safe against the Lady Cats’ shooting in the first period, as North Harrison misfired 14 times out of 16 attempts, many of those coming under the basket. The good thing was Silver Creek was not shooting well either.
The Lady Cats managed to get some free throws from Jessica Mosier and Kayla Lambert, keeping North Harrison within five, 8-3. Wynn Shroyer finally drilled a three with 1:15 left in the period, pulling the Lady Cats within two. Erin Richmer got a Dragon goal to go down, but Janes responded off the bench with a deuce. In the final minute, the Lady Dragons got points from Tiffany Haddon and Donna Ferree for a 13-8 first-quarter lead.
‘We were a little shooken up,’ said Janes, a sophomore. ‘We were looking for a better start because we haven’t started off very well lately. We thought we were going to jump on them and that didn’t happen.’
Shroyer drilled her second three to pull North Harrison within two at the start of the second, but Amber McFarland got loose twice for a pair of three-balls extending the Silver Creek advantage to 19-11.
‘We got caught when we didn’t recognize (McFarland),’ said Pearson. ‘We knew McFarland was their shooter. We lost her two or three straight times, just on the transition when she was running the right wing, just nobody even close to her.’
With 6:12 left in the half, Mosier scored inside, and Janes added two more deuces pulling North Harrison back within two. North Harrison’s defense kept Silver Creek scoreless for almost 6-1/2 minutes, allowing the Lady Cats to take a 25-19 lead into the half.
Pearson said the halftime talk was mostly about doing things correctly.
‘We just talked about running our transition correctly into the two-one-two step where we could get a rotation, get the ball into the middle and attack from there,’ said the North Harrison coach. ‘We haven’t done that very well the first half a lot, and pushing the ball down the floor and getting some easy baskets, which we ought to be able to do in the transition.’
Silver Creek found a little rhythm in the third period and traded points back and forth with the Lady Cats, and deuces by Molly Voyles and Ferree pulled the Lady Dragons back within five. Sasha Grangier and Lambert extended the North Harrison lead back to eight, then Becky Kelley and Lambert traded threes. Kelley’s second three cut the Silver Creek deficit back to five by the period’s end.
North Harrison began the final period with a 7-0 run for a 45-33 advantage. The Lady Cats’ defense allowed Silver Creek just six points in the period, and North Harrison went on to the 53-39 win.
‘Defensively, we’ve had a good year all year,’ Pearson said. ‘We haven’t had anyone score 50 points on us yet. That could happen Tuesday (against Jasper) or Thursday (against New Albany) but no one has yet. Defensively we’ve shut some people down.’
Kayla Lambert led the winners with 19 points, and Wynn Shroyer followed up with 12. Janes finished with 10 points off the bench. North Harrison (4-1) was just 18 of 52 (34 percent) from the field but connected on 10 of 14 free throws. The Lady Cats had 12 turnovers.
‘We had a great game by Caitlyn Janes, especially early, getting her the ball in the middle and down on the post,’ Pearson said. ‘She went after it a little bit and did a great job. As much as anything, Caitlyn played very tall all night long with 10 points, three rebounds and two assists.’
Janes said when you have a quarter like the first, you just have to go on and not let it get to you.
‘You’ve got to just shake it off and just keep pushing,’ said the sophomore. ‘There’s not really much you can do except just play hard.’
Donna Ferree led the Lady Dragons with 10 points. Silver Creek (1-3) was just 17 of 52 (32 percent) from the field and 3-of-6 from the free-throw line. The Lady Dragons turned the ball over 23 times.
Pearson said he has to work on getting his team to play better at the game’s onset.
‘It’s that 2-for-16 when we come out,’ Pearson said. ‘Part of that’s mental. I told them maybe Coach (Alan) Reed needs to do a dance or something, whatever we need to do in there to come and play the first quarter better. I think it’s just a mental focus, something that we’re doing. We might have to change up our pre-game routine to make sure we’re a little more alert than what we have been.’