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Execution improving as Lady Cats take down Mitchell, 43-28

Execution improving as Lady Cats take down Mitchell, 43-28
Execution improving as Lady Cats take down Mitchell, 43-28
North HarrisonÂ’s Amanda Hartley is swarmed by MitchellÂ’s Shelby Wilson, as she looks for the basket in the second half. Photo by Wade Bell (click for larger version)

The North Harrison Lady Cats made their last few days of 2009 a little brighter when they used a big third-quarter run to handily put away host Mitchell, 43-28, last Tuesday night.
‘Execution-wise, we’re getting better,’ North Harrison coach Hal Pearson said. ‘We’re getting there; we’re getting our sets down. Early in the year, certain sets, we didn’t know where we were going or what we were looking for. We’re getting a little better at that.’
Neither team shot well from the field early, but the Lady Cats took advantage of more changes from the free-throw line to take a 12-4 lead.
Mitchell found some rhythm in the second quarter, while North Harrison went even colder, hitting just one of eight shot attempts.
The Lady Jackets started going inside more to 6-2 sophomore Allison Trevithick after the Lady Cats’ Caitlyn Janes and Amanda Hartley drew their second fouls.
Mitchell out-scored North Harrison in the quarter, but the Lady Cats still held a 20-14 lead at halftime.
‘(Hayley) Renneker’s out for a while with a stress fracture,’ Pearson said of his starting center. ‘Our two posts got in foul trouble. We were playing with four guards and a center (Emily Giles) in. They were able to get it inside to (Trevithick). Luckily, we were able to get our posts back in and make some adjustments defensively on her. She had nine of their 14 (points) at halftime.’
North Harrison put the back-breaker down in the third period as Mitchell came away with only a single field goal ‘ a 10-foot jumper from Alayna Super ‘ in the eight minutes.
Mitchell did win the final eight minutes, as Pearson put his bench in, but the Lady Cats still strolled to a 43-28 victory.
‘It was a better defensive game,’ the North Harrison coach said. ‘We did a good job of covering Trevithick inside. We figured out which way she was turning and made some adjustments at halftime to kind of cover her. She didn’t hurt us as bad the second half.’
Deidre Book led the Lady Cats (5-7) with 16 points, and Cassie Crawford poured in 11. North Harrison connected on 13 of 38 (34 percent) field goals but netted 14 of 20 free throws. The Lady Cats committed 18 turnovers.
‘Deidre did a good job,’ Pearson said. ‘She’s been doing a good job since Christmas. I think we did a good job running our offense and getting the things we wanted in our offense in the second half, too, and limiting them to one shot. At the end of the first half, they were able to get some rebounds, a free-throw rebound.’
Trevithick led Mitchell with 10 points. The Lady Jackets, who committed 16 turnovers, had a poor shooting night, putting in just 10 of 43 (23 percent) field goals and 5 of 15 free throws. Senior starters Shelby Wilson and Brianne Fults were held scoreless.
Pearson said his team’s solid defense on the pair was one of the goals going into the second half.
‘Just trying to make sure we found Fults and where she was at on the floor, she and Wilson, then covering everybody else behind them. Just over playing Trevithick on the block, making sure we had her covered. That was the one error that hurt us early,’ he said.
‘We’re preparing constantly for the end of the year, so the little things that we’re still doing wrong, we’re making corrections there. We’re cleaning things up and continuing just to improve every day.’
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