Hatton’s 30 powers NH surge over Corydon
For the fifth time this season, North Harrison forward Lilly Hatton eclipsed the 30-plus point mark in a game. Last Tuesday, a 30-point performance helped the Lady Cats post a 63-35 home victory over Mid-Southern Conference-rival Corydon Central.
The win didn’t come with a great start for North Harrison. Rather, it was Corydon Central shooting the ball well in the opening half, keeping pace with the Lady Cats.
Holding a four-point lead at the half, Hatton re-entered the game out of the break after sitting the final 3:35 of the second quarter with three fouls. Her presence started a second half that saw North Harrison outscore Corydon Central 35-11.
‘The third quarter, we started to rotate better,’ North Harrison coach Missy Voyles said. ‘We started to get some steals out of our defense because we weren’t standing behind. They were getting in front of things like they should. Defense leads to offense.’
North Harrison’s Ali Saunders began the second half with a 3-pointer, one of three she made on the night. An Emily Harbaugh trey for Corydon Central kept the contest close at 35-29 in favor of the Lady Cats.
Soon, North Harrison roared on a 14-0 burst to close the third quarter. Hatton shook free for eight points. The 6-foot-1 forward also dropped off a pair of passes for buckets from post-player Lucy Robertson. A jumper by Chloe Jacobi put the score at 49-29 at the end of three.
‘Lucy was able to get some easy baskets because they were double-teaming Lilly, and she finished,’ Voyles said.
Corydon Central went 2 of 12 from the field in the third quarter.
‘Second half didn’t go as planned,’ Corydon Central coach Michael Uhl said. ‘We talked about finding Saunders on inbounds plays, and we lost her three times. We didn’t want to let Hatton run the floor and beat us to the block in transition without getting a body on her. Those are the things we talked about and didn’t execute.’
Corydon Central found success in the first half despite falling behind 7-0. Cami Schmitt and Harbaugh hit jumpers, and a Madison Engleman triple leveled the game.
Three-pointers from Saunders and Hatton eventually opened the game up to nine points, 24-15, midway through the second frame.
‘I don’t think we came out with the focus we were supposed to have,’ Voyles said. ‘We were sloppy and laying back in places we weren’t supposed to be. Finally, we started to cover the middle a little bit in the second half, but it took until halftime for them to figure that out.’
After Hatton went to the bench with her third foul, the Lady Panthers went aggressive at North Harrison. The end result was numerous trips to the foul line. They made 8 of 13 free throws in the first half.
A 9-0 Corydon Central run brought the score to 24-all. Engleman netted a triple during the spurt.
‘We shot the ball well in the first half,’ Uhl said. ‘I thought we got some good looks in the second half but just couldn’t get anything to fall. Then, we turned around and gave them an easy bucket on the other end. That happened several times, and then it snowballed on us.’
With Hatton and Jacobi in foul trouble, senior guard Savana Rhodes provided a much-needed lift off the bench. The energetic player drove the lane for back-to-back field goals, the last beating the buzzer, to give North Harrison a 28-24 lead.
‘She came in with a whole different energy level today,’ Voyles said of Rhodes. ‘Sometimes it was really good and a few times not so much. She was ready to fight. She’s had a rough year not feeling well overall, but the last few weeks we’ve seen that fight in her. I’m not sure she knew what to do with it. That’s the Savana of old, and I was glad to see it.’
Rhodes made all three of her field-goal attempts for six points. She also had four rebounds and a pair of steals.
The fourth quarter wasn’t pretty for either team as they combined for 10 turnovers.
Hatton’s 30 points came on 12-of-19 shooting, including sinking both 3-pointer tries. She also had seven boards and four blocked shots. As a team, North Harrison was 5 of 7 from behind the arc and 8 of 9 from the foul line.
Saunders closed with 15 points and five assists. Robertson had six points and 10 rebounds.
Voyles said her squad needs to continue working on being patient on the offensive end.
‘When you have someone like Lilly on the floor, she may look wide open one time, but the next time she may not,’ Voyles said. ‘If we reverse the basketball, we may get a better shot for her. We get really impatient in those tight situations and just want to throw the ball right at her. They do a great job finding her, but we want to be patient.’
Corydon Central was led in scoring by Harbaugh’s nine points along with eight from Engleman. Schmitt had five points, six rebounds and four assists.
‘Give them credit; Saunders steps up and hits shots,’ Uhl said. ‘Hatton continuously runs the floor well, which she’s done for four years, so that isn’t much of a secret.’
The Lady Cats (15-5) will wrap up the regular season tomorrow (Thursday) when they travel to Brownstown Central. Corydon Central (9-11), meanwhile, will welcome Crawford County tomorrow.
Corydon Central 8 16 5 6 ‘ 35
North Harrison 10 18 21 14 ‘ 63
Corydon Central (9-11, 7-0 MSC) ‘ Emily Harbaugh 9, Madison Engleman 8, Cami Schmitt 5, Grace Erwin 3, Katie Fessel 3, Frankie Wilkerson 2, Kierstin Burres 2, Grace Carver 2, Lillian Wolfe 1.
North Harrison (15-5, 7-1) ‘ Lilly Hatton 30, Ali Saunders 15, Chloe Jacobi 6, Savana Rhodes 6, Lucy Robertson 6.
3-point goals ‘ Corydon Central 4 (Engleman 2, Harbaugh, Erwin); North Harrison 5 (Saunders 3, Hatton 2).