Brownstown Central rocks Lady Cats
Wade Bell, Clarion News
It wasn’t the way the North Harrison Lady Cats wanted their last home and regular season game to end Thursday night in Ramsey against visiting Brownstown Central. What was expected to be a close, intense game turned into a rout as the Lady Braves stomped all over the Lady Cats for a 66-35 win.
“We were shocked,” said North Harrison coach Barry Geltmaker. “We just couldn’t score. We didn’t do anything right really. We didn’t rebound. That was one thing we really were telling them they needed to do. We needed to rebound, and we couldn’t do that. I don’t know. I would have thought we would have done it tonight. We just didn’t.”
The first quarter went as expected, a royal battle. Brownstown Central had the first run, racing out to an 8-2 lead. North Harrison’s Ali Saunders and Brownstown Central’s Emma Klinge traded threes, Halle Hehman followed with a deuce, and the Lady Braves had a 13-5 lead. Diana Burgher and Chloe Jacobi countered with a deuce and three. Lucy Robertson scored inside to add to the run, and Brownstown Central’s lead was cut to one, 13-12. At the end of the quarter, Ashley Schroer sandwiched a pair of deuces around a Jacobi jumper and Brownstown Central’s lead was three, 17-14.
“We played well the first quarter,” Geltmaker said. “After that, we couldn’t throw it in this room. They hit some shots early.”
The rim closed up for the Lady Cats in the second quarter with North Harrison hitting just one of seven shots from the field, that one coming from a three-ball from Saunders. The Lady Braves, meanwhile, drilled three shots from behind the arc along with three deuces. Brownstown Central went on an 18-4 run and led 35-18 at halftime.
“We tried to play man against them because if we played zone, they’d just keep shooting,” Geltmaker said. “They hit some tough shots and it would roll, roll and roll in. When we threw it up, it would roll, roll off.”
Things continued to go badly for the Lady Cats in the third period. The Lady Braves started a second barrage scoring the first eight points of the quarter. Saunders hit from behind the arc, but Schroer scored inside to start another run, this one for seven straight points. Burgher got a freebie, but Avery Koch scored late, Brownstown Central’s lead ballooning to 51-22.
Maddie Messick put in two for the Lady Cats to start the fourth quarter, but the Lady Braves countered with six straight. The quarter was better than the previous two, but the hole was much too deep and the Lady Cats fell by the 31-point margin.
“How many easy shots did we miss, just little bunnies,” Geltmaker said. “We’d just throw them over the top, and then we never get a rebound. When we played at Madison the other day, that killed us the same way. They outrebounded us to death, but we had three or four kids sick that day. But, still, we just never did recover from it.”
Saunders led the Lady Cats with 13 on the night, and Jacobi put in 10 points. North Harrison was just 30% from the field hitting 11 of 37 shots. The Lady Cats put in 9 of 14 free throws and had 17 turnovers for the 32 minutes.
“We played decent against Madison, but three starters got sick,” Geltmaker said. “We had to take Ali, Diana and Chloe out of the game because they were throwing up. We went into double-overtime with them. We didn’t get home ’til late that night. We had a really easy practice yesterday, but they were still sick yesterday. They could have been lingering a little bit yesterday, but it shouldn’t have been. We just never recovered after the first quarter because we could never score. When you don’t score, it just takes everything away from you.
“They’re not very happy right now, the seniors especially,” Geltmaker said. “I think the juniors are too and the sophomores; none of them are very happy because it was the last home game and everything.”
Maddy Hackman, Schroer, Hehman and Katherine Benter all had 13 points each for the Lady Braves. Brownstown Central had a good shooting night, hitting 24 of 47 from the field (51%) and 11 of 14 free throws. The Lady Braves had five turnovers for the night.
In their sectional opener tonight (Wednesday) at Charlestown, the Lady Cats take a 13-9 record into the tournament against the host school, which they edged out by a point in November.
“I’ve told them everybody in our sectional we can beat,” Geltmaker said. “They (Brownstown Central) are not in our sectional. … We just need to win a game and get started. Everybody has played us pretty tough at the end. We had a terrible game at Corydon. We shot 25% at Corydon. We went on a real long, dry spell there. We played really well at Bedford … We’ll just get them back together and give them a day off tomorrow and get them back together on Saturday and see what we can do.”
Brownstown Central 17 18 16 15 – 66
North Harrison 14 4 4 13 – 35
Brownstown Central (21-3, 8-1 MSC) – Benter 13, Hackman 13, Hehman 13, Schroer 13, Koch 8, Borden 3, Klinge 3.
North Harrison (13-9, 6-3) – Saunders 13, Jacobi 11, Burgher 3, Robertson 3, Messick 2, Moore 2, Waynescott 1.
3-point goals – Brownstown Central 7 (Hackman 3, Benter 2, Klinge 1, Hehman 1); North Harrison 4 (Saunders 3, Jacobi 1).