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Snodgrass leads NH over SC

Snodgrass leads NH over SC
Snodgrass leads NH over SC
North Harrison's Madison Snodgrass fires a 3-pointer she made in the closing seconds of the second quarter.

South Central’s girls’ basketball team continued its tour of playing top competition when it visited Ramsey Wednesday.
The Lady Rebels put up a solid fight in the first half but was no match for Class 3A No. 6 North Harrison, who extended its hot start to eight consecutive wins with a 63-38 victory.
A week after a convincing win over New Albany, North Harrison continued to roll on its home court, avenging an overtime win by the Lady Rebels last season.
Against South Central (2-4), Madison Snodgrass was the star of the night for North Harrison. The senior came off the bench and led the team in scoring with 15 points, including four field goals in the second quarter.
Despite eight South Central turnovers in the first quarter, North Harrison led 12-8 after the opening eight minutes. Early in the second, Shelby Miller knocked down a trey, pulling South Central to within two at 13-11.
North Harrison (8-0) then buried a pair of long balls of its own, one from Wynn Shroyer, the other from Snodgrass. Trailing by eight, South Central answered back with baskets from Abby Day and Miller.
Snodgrass then hit another field goal but was topped by a Whitney Pease 3-pointer which kept the Lady Rebels close at 21-18.
South Central was able to keep North Harrison’s potent offense off balance in the first half with a 3-2 defense.
South Central looked to keep the game within five inside a minute, but Snodgrass drained another 3-pointer off a Lady Cat offensive rebound as time expired. The 10 second-quarter points from Snodgrass helped North Harrison take a 28-20 edge into the half.
‘Madison Snodgrass was our X-factor tonight,’ North Harrison coach Hal Pearson said. ‘She hit a big shot at the end of the half when we needed it. She does a good job of taking the shots given to her. She’s had a couple games where she has done what she did tonight.’
Despite the many turnovers, South Central hung close in the first 18 minutes.
‘I felt like if we were able to keep them off the boards and not turn the ball over, we thought we could be in the game,’ said South Central Randall Schoen. ‘We turned around and gave up that 3-pointer at the buzzer. It really hurt us because we defended the play well until the rebound. They got a rebound and kicked it out for a big shot.’
The second half, however, was all North Harrison. On defense, the Lady Cats allowed a measly five field goals in the second half. At the start of the third quarter, they quickly stretched the lead to 36-22 with an 8-2 run. The run was topped off by another Snodgrass 3-pointer.
‘The second half was a lot better for us,’ Pearson said. ‘Randall, in the first half, did a very good job with their 3-2 defense, digging in on us. Fortunately for us, at halftime we made the necessary adjustments.’
Showing its experience and depth, North Harrison placed nine in the scoring column for the game. Snodgrass’s 15 led the team, and seniors Kacey Cox and Kayla Lambert contributed 13 points each. Snodgrass was 6-of-7 from the field, including making good on all three 3-pointer attempts.
Pearson said his team had a rough first half, dealing with controlling the tempo of the game. In the second half, he was impressed with better shot selection and moving the ball around.
South Central was paced by Miller’s 18 points, and Day added five.
‘We slipped at Crothersville, which they have a nice team, but that is a game we thought we should of had,’ Schoen said. ‘We are probably one game behind where I thought we would be. We hope that after Christmas this tough schedule will pay off for us.’
Schoen said the schedule, which has featured Jeffersonville and Evansville Memorial, has been tough on his younger players.
‘Our girls will be fine,’ he said. ‘They still hate to lose and that desire to win will always be there.’
South Central will play at Corydon Central tomorrow (Thursday) in a make-up from Tuesday’s postponement.
South Central follows that game with a trip to Henryville on Dec. 23.
North Harrison has one more game before Christmas, a Mid-Southern Conference battle at Salem tomorrow (Thursday) at 7:30 p.m.
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