Floyd too tough for Cougars
Floyd Central fell, 100-78, Friday night at Hoosier Hills Conference-rival Jeffersonville. However, the Highlanders celebrated their homecoming the next night by blistering North Harrison, 73-45.
North Harrison suffered a closer, four-point loss the night before at Eastern (Pekin), but coach Chris Martin said there was a big difference in the competition.
‘The key was (class) 2A last night and 4A tonight; Mid-Southern Conference last night, Hoosier Hills tonight,’ Martin said. ‘We played decent last night against Eastern. We had some bright spots but missed some shots we normally hit. Tonight, (Floyd) took it to us early, and, once again, we had two or three good looks at the bucket that we didn’t convert early.’
Floyd got off to a roaring 13-0 start that was highlighted by a monster, two-handed dunk by Brandon Codey following a Cougar turnover.
North Harrison finally got on the board with 1:06 left in the period, when Maverick Becht drilled a three.
Floyd, however, continued to roll in the second period, taking a 37-18 lead at the break.
‘We made a couple of sloppy turnovers, and before you know it, (Floyd has) a couple of breakaway layups and a couple of easy threes, and you’re looking at a 13-0 hole,’ Martin said.
The Cougars got buckets from Jarod Richards and Dylan Janes early in the third period to close the North Harrison deficit to 39-24.
Floyd quickly pushed its lead to 49-27 as Ben Allen and Ryan Adam drilled three-balls. North Harrison never found any rhythm, and the Highlanders rolled to the 28-point win.
‘A couple of things to start off the third quarter, they got it to 15, then we just talked about what would they do to press us,’ Floyd Central coach Randy Gianfagna said. ‘Are they junking or a halfcourt trap? We got it to the middle.’
‘This is coach Gianfagna’s third year, and he’s got the kids playing his system,’ Martin said. ‘They do a nice job of back cuts and scored several buckets there in the third quarter, sending the ball to the high post with somebody going back door. He’s got them playing his style.’
Adam led Floyd (5-6, 0-3) with 20 points, and Buddy McAfee followed with 15. The Highlanders shot well from the field, hitting 28 of 50 attempts (56 percent); however, they connected on just 12 of 25 free throws. The Highlanders had 22 assists and 11 turnovers.
‘I told him (McAfee) he had his best week of practice, and that proved itself on the floor,’ Gianfagna said of the senior who tallied 24 points the previous night. ‘The big thing we talked about, though, was, last night, the other guy still outpointed him. Tonight, that didn’t happen, so we were happy with that.’
North Harrison (2-10, 1-5) was just 14 of 47 (29 percent) from the field and 14 of 22 from the charity stripe, while committing 17 turnovers. Devin Southard led the Cougars with nine points.
‘Same bugaboo: lack of scoring,’ Martin said. ‘We’ll get two or three looks a game that we just wonder why they won’t go down. If we ever score some points, maybe we’ll get some confidence.
‘We keep telling them, ‘Look to the bucket, look to the bucket, look to the bucket.’ We’re looking to get good shots every possession, and we’re just struggling to make one right now.’
North Harrison will play two games this weekend, hosting Lanesville on Friday night and Salem on Saturday night.