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Lady Cats nearly knock off Scottsburg

Lady Cats nearly knock off Scottsburg
Lady Cats nearly knock off Scottsburg
North HarrisonÂ’s Emily Giles uses a pump fake to draw a foul from ScottsburgÂ’s Jillian Romero in the second half Friday night. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

North Harrison put itself in position to give Class 3A No. 12 Scottsburg an upset threat throughout the sectional semi-final matchup between the girls’ basketball teams Friday night in Charlestown.
The Lady Cats went into the fourth quarter down 39-37, but managed just one field goal through the first seven minutes of the final frame. Scottsburg, which made just one field goal in the final quarter, converted 13 of 24 free-throw attempts to ride to a 54-48 victory.
Scottsburg’s Symantha Norton hit a field goal early in the final quarter to help give the Warriorettes a 42-37 lead. Little scoring occurred in the first four minutes of the fourth period until Emily Giles looked to give the Lady Cats some momentum. She was fouled on a made put-back with 2:49 to play, putting North Harrison to within four, 44-40.
On Scottsburg’s next trip down the floor, Katie Wampler was fouled on a drive and converted both free throws. The four points after Giles’ make were as close as the Lady Cats would get before the final.
‘When you’re playing a really good basketball team, you want to be there with a good chance at the end,’ North Harrison coach Missy Voyles said. ‘We had really good balance in our play. We did a good job keeping their post players off balance, but they got us on the drive some.’
Keeping hold of the ball was an issue for North Harrison in the second half, as the Lady Cats turned the rock over 15 times.
‘They put a little pressure on us with the halfcourt trap, and we didn’t respond well,’ Voyles said.
Despite the miscues, North Harrison was able to keep the Warriorettes off the glass. In the regular season meeting, a 64-47 Scottsburg win in November, the Lady Cats were handily outrebounded. In the sectional meeting, it was just a three-board advantage for Scottsburg.
‘They did the things we asked them to do,’ Voyles said. ‘We tried to get them in foul trouble and we talked about setting good screens for Kendra (Lambert) and get her some open looks. We got outrebounded by three, but earlier against them we were thoroughly outrebounded by them. We did a lot of things right tonight.’
Giles, one of three North Harrison seniors, led the team with 12 rebounds while Lambert tallied 25 points.
Scottsburg opened the first quarter with two big spurts of scoring to lead 13-7.
The second quarter was all North Harrison. The Lady Cats forced seven turnovers while taking the lead at the half. Lambert knocked down a triple to tie the game at 14. With less than three minutes to go, Brittany Knight’s steal and lay-in, combined with a pull-up jumper from Lambert off of a pick, gave North Harrison a 22-20 lead. The Lady Cats eventually led 24-22 at the break.
Scottsburg scored the first eight points of the third quarter, but 12 points from Lambert kept North Harrison within reach. Her final three points of the spurt came on free throws after being fouled on a trey attempt. The three makes gave North Harrison a 37-35 lead.
Norton, who finished with 17 points, converted an old-fashioned three-point play to close the third quarter, giving her team a 39-37 lead.
Wampler also reached double figures with 16 points while Kelsey Smith had 10.
Giles added eight points for North Harrison while Knight had seven.
‘I feel like, from November to now, we made a lot of headway on what we are trying to do,’ Voyles said. ‘We see things we’ve done better with floor spacing. It’s a step in the right direction. This is the most wins this senior group has been a part of in their three years of varsity ball.’
Three seniors are slated to graduate, Giles, Renneker and Rebekah Stephenson. Stephenson injured her knee against Scottsburg in the regular season meeting, forcing her to miss the rest of the season.
‘Losing Rebekah early was tough because she was our second-leading scorer,’ Voyles said. ‘It was a big adjustment, and we found ways to adjust. Those other two seniors had a lot of rebounds. We’ll have to pick up some rebounding next year.’
Scottsburg went on to defeat Brownstown Central, 47-32, in the sectional final.