Providence no match for Lady Cats
The North Harrison Lady Cats began their 2008-09 season with a shredding of visiting Providence in a 71-39 win over the Lady Pioneers. It was a game where the Lady Cats came out smoking and overpowered Providence.
‘We came out shooting the ball really well all the way around,’ said North Harrison coach Hal Pearson. ‘We talked about attacking and not having to get into a half-court set. Right from the very beginning we did that. Our defense created shots for us. We played fairly well overall.’
Both teams tried to put some heat on each other early, but North Harrison was full ablaze as Sasha Grangier and Kacey Cox unloaded for a 9-0 lead with Cox hitting back-to-back three’s in the process. Sophomore Megan Eve finally put Providence on the board, but the Lady Cats continued their onslaught for a 15-2 advantage. By the time the first eight minutes were over, North Harrison was on top 23-7.
‘We talked about keeping continual pressure even if we dropped back to half court,’ Pearson said. ‘Keeping pressure and keep moving the ball up and down the floor, not only creating pressure with our defense but also with our offense by continually pushing off somebody.’
North Harrison started the second period by scoring the first 10 points for a 33-7 landslide. Providence finally got some scoring in the last five minutes of the half, but the Lady Cats took a 37-13 edge to the locker room at halftime.
Pearson said Cox played a big part in getting the Lady Cats launched in the right direction.
‘She had eight points, and they were right there real quick,’ said the North Harrison coach. ‘She ended up with five steals for the game and wreaked havoc with the guards.’
The Lady Cats scored the first six points of the second half for a 45-13 lead. Providence never found any kind of balance, and North Harrison rolled on for the 71-39 win.
‘That’s the thing,’ said Pearson. ‘I liked the fact that we had pressure so much at half court, so much that by the time they did get a look, they were tired from working the ball to get to that point. The look was fairly contested most of the night. They had 13 at halftime which was pretty solid (defense).’
Wynn Shroyer led the Lady Cats with 16 points, and Kayla Lambert finished with 10 points. North Harrison put 10 players in the scoring column with the bench contributing 25 points for the game. The Lady Cats hit 16-of-27 free throws.
‘Wynn had a good game with 16 points and five assists,’ said Pearson. ‘Lambert had 10, two (assists) and two (steals). Madison Snodgrass hit some big three’s. Everybody contributed up and down. We kept moving the ball and doing a very good job. Every player scored.’
Megan Eve led Providence with 16 points, and Kallie Ash followed with 11 on the night. The Lady Pioneers were 12-of-18 from the free-throw line but had 29 turnovers.
Turnovers were something Pearson was unhappy about, with the Lady Cats committing 18 during the 32 minutes.
‘That’s one objective we didn’t meet,’ Pearson said. ‘Everything else was good. Our offense got out of sync a little bit the second and fourth quarters. With our substitutions, we got a little mixed up and didn’t run very well at times.
‘There’s things to work on. There’s things on the press to work on,’ he said. ‘We didn’t even run sets tonight. We’ve got sets to put in and things to do with that.’