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Cougars turn back pair of MSC foes

The North Harrison Cougars notched a pair of Mid-Southern Conference road wins over the weekend, whipping Austin 69-45 on Friday night then following up with a 58-44 win at Scottsburg on Saturday night.
Kevin Jones’ team improved to 6-4 on the season and 3-2 in league play.
The Cougars broke a close game open in the second half at Austin, outscoring the Eagles 46-26 in the second half.
Junior Max Flock led the way, making six of eight three-point attempts for all 18 of his team-high points. Flock also had a team-best eight rebounds.
‘We played maybe our best half of the season at Austin,’ Jones said. ‘Max Flock shot the ball well to give us a big lift offensively. We also dominated the boards and played a very good defensive game.’
Sophomore Skyler Wetzel added 13 points, four rebounds and two assists.
Junior point guard Jake Book led the way on Saturday as NH pulled away at Scottsburg.
The Cougars saw a 30-21 half-time lead whittled to 35-33 by the start of the fourth quarter, but they outscored the Warriors 23-11 in the final stanza for their third straight win.
Book had 17 points, making five of 10 field-goal attempts and all six of his free-throw chances.
Flock had another double-digit performance with 14 points, making four of eight three-point tries.
Sophomore Jake Harley scored 12 points, including eight of 10 free throws.
‘We were plagued by first-half foul trouble and a sluggish third quarter but got a big lift from Jake Book to pull away in the fourth quarter,’ Jones said. ‘Big lift in two games by Jake Harley (who missed the first several games of the season with an injury). He helped steady the ship in both games when Book got into early foul trouble. Harley has been huge for us since coming back from the broken finger. Very quick with the ball, rebounds, defends and has led us in assists since coming back.’
Jones said Flock has, hopefully, broken through his early season shooting slump.
‘It was good to go on the road and get two conference wins,’ he continued. ‘I think this team is starting to mature and is figuring out how they need to play to win. This team has been able to win games on defense when they don’t shoot the ball well. The last two years that hasn’t been the case. Defense and rebounding will keep us in games and will give us a chance to win close games down the road.’
North Harrison will seek its fourth straight win Friday at Eastern in another MSC game then visit Floyd Central on Saturday night.