NH claims MSC in wild one
North Harrison scored one point Saturday in the final 3:40 at Brownstown Central. The lone point, a free throw from Caitlyn Janes with 6.7 seconds left, lifted the Lady Cats to a 44-43 victory over Brownstown Central to claim sole possession of the Mid-Southern Conference title.
Sasha Grangier scored with 3:40 to play, putting the Lady Cats up, 43-34. From there, North Harrison was held scoreless until the final seconds, while the Lady Braves staged a comeback. Inside a minute to play, Brownstown Central converted a three-point play to tie the game at 43. Then, with time winding down, Janes was fouled on a put-back attempt, setting up the winning free throw.
Kacey Cox led North Harrison in scoring with 15 points, followed by nine from Wynn Shroyer.
North Harrison coach Hal Pearson was ejected from the game early in the fourth quarter after receiving two technical fouls. Pearson will have to sit out the first game of the Class 3A Corydon Central Sectional when the Lady Cats play Mitchell, to serve a one-game suspension per IHSAA rules.
‘We have a good group of kids that worked hard,’ Pearson said. ‘They showed a lot of fortitude and heart to overcome a tough situation I put myself in to win a big game on Brownstown’s home court.’
North Harrison finished the regular season with an 18-3 record. The Lady Cats finished the MSC season with an 8-1 mark, a game ahead of Austin and Brownstown Central.
Pearson said the team set two priorities during the regular season: to go undefeated on its home court and to win the MSC title. The team accomplished both goals, beating Eastern earlier in the week for the undefeated home court record and Brownstown Saturday for conference.
‘North Harrison has won five conference titles and 10 sectional titles,’ Pearson said. ‘As you can see, it is sometimes harder to win the Mid-Southern Conference than a sectional title.’