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Lions end NH’s season, 75-55

Lions end NH’s season, 75-55
Lions end NH’s season, 75-55
North Harrison's T.J. Sanders attempts a 3-pointer in the second half. The senior made four, leading the Cougars with 16 points. (Photo by Brian Smith)

North Harrison fought to the near end last night (Tuesday), staying within striking distance of Class 3A sectional favorite Salem until late in the third quarter.
The Lions used a 25-13 third quarter to carry them to a 75-55 victory over the Cougars in the first round of the Crawford County Sectional.
‘We have a lot of kids who enjoy playing and play hard,’ North Harrison coach Chris Martin said.
A Rhett Huffaker 3-pointer at the end of the first quarter gave the Lions a 15-8 edge. A 7-0 run to open the second quarter pushed the lead to 22-8, but the Cougars didn’t allow Salem to run away just yet.
T.J. Sanders caught fire for the Cougars from beyond the arc. The senior nailed back-to-back 3-pointers, cutting the Salem lead to 24-18.
After trading baskets, Salem broke a time out with a 6-1 run, taking a 33-21 lead into halftime.
Out of the break, Sanders continued his hot stroke, draining another trey. The long ball cut the Lion lead to single digits, 33-24.
From there, Salem came up with several stops and forced five Cougar turnovers in the period.
‘In the second half, we get a 3 to cut it to nine, then we had a few turnovers and a missed shot here and there and couldn’t convert,’ Martin said.
The Salem lead ballooned to 52-30 after a Collin Hayes bucket. Hayes later ended the quarter with a 3-pointer, putting the Lions well ahead.
North Harrison was led in scoring with 16 points by Sanders, who finished his career with a strong night, hitting four 3-pointers.
‘T.J. is a good spot shooter,’ Martin said. ‘When he gets set and we kick the ball inside and it comes back out to him, he’s a pretty good shooter.’
Sanders was the lone Cougar in double figures. Eleven players filled the score book for North Harrison, including Lincoln Jones who tallied eight points and Chad Eveslage with six.
Martin said the program is leaving behind solid senior contributors.
‘You look at these guys, (playing hard) is all they know,’ he said. ‘They do everything they can to get a little better, and that is what you need for good leadership in your program.’
Salem (17-4) was led in scoring by Gunner Erwin’s 20 points.
North Harrison closed the season with a 3-19 record.
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