Lady Pirates sink North Harrison
Wade Bell, Sports Writer
The North Harrison Lady Cats had eeked out a one-point win over Charlestown when they played the first time this season on Nov. 16. Last Wednesday night, the Lady Pirates got even in a big way, ousting the Lady Cats from the tournament with a 40-31 win to advance on to the semi-final round.
“We just couldn’t hit any shots,” said North Harrison coach Barry Geltmaker. “We played hard, but we just couldn’t get anything to go in.”
The Lady Cats started with two quick baskets from Diana Burgher and Chloe Jacobi for a 4-0 lead. At that point, North Harrison hit just one of its next seven shots, with Burgher getting a three as Charlestown took a 10-7 lead after one quarter.
The basket seemed to have a lid on it in the second quarter for both teams. The Lady Cats canned just two of 10 shots from the field in the period, getting a pair of threes from Skylie Burns. Burns, who also had a free throw, scored all of North Harrison’s points in the period. Charlestown did even worse, hitting just one shot from the field in 13 tries. The Lady Pirates added more free throws and had a two-point edge at the break, 16-14.
“Ali (Saunders) wasn’t feeling very good, but she played hard, especially in the second half,” Geltmaker said of his sophomore, who had zero points in the first half.
When the third quarter began, matters became a little worse as Burgher was called for her third foul, taking away part of North Harrison’s inside game. Jacqueline Biscardi sank a Charlestown three-ball to start a 7-0 burst. Burgher was then hit with her fourth foul and went to the bench. Jacobi and Saunders sandwiched threes around a Peyton Crace deuce to pull North Harrison back within five. Saunders also cashed in a freebie to cut the deficit to four, but Skylar Cochran answered with a Charlestown three. Crace later added a three, and the Lady Pirates’ lead was eight with one quarter to go.
North Harrison had possession to begin the final period, and Lucy Robertson scored the first four points to pull the Lady Cats back again within four. Still, North Harrison couldn’t find a way to get over the hump as the two teams continued to trade baskets. In the last minute of the game, Charlestown got the last four points of the game and North Harrison went down in a 40-31 loss.
Jacobi, Burgher and Burns led the Lady Cats with seven points each. North Harrison was 11 of 36 from the field (31%) and 4 of 4 from the free-throw line. North Harrison had 21 turnovers for the game.
“We had too many turnovers,” Geltmaker said. “We just couldn’t hang on to it. Plus, we couldn’t hit shots.”
Biscardi led the Lady Pirates with 16 points for the game. Charlestown didn’t shoot the ball much better, hitting 12 of 38 (32%) from the field, but got more attempts from the free-throw line, hitting 11 of 16. The Lady Pirates had 15 turnovers for the game.
“The seniors have all been good leaders,” Geltmaker said of Robertson, Jacobi, Madison Messick and Sarah Waynescott. “Messick really came on for us in the last part of the season. Lucy and Chloe have been strong for us all year. Sarah has been there to support us the whole way.”
The Lady Cats have a solid core group returning with starters Saunders, Burgher and Skylie Burns back in the mix. They’ll have a good supporting class as well for backup.
“Emma Robertson is going to help us,” Geltmaker said. “Lily Moore got better as the season went on. Molly Coomer and Addison Beyerle will be back as juniors. McKenna Pearson, I wish I could have played her tonight to get some threes but didn’t get to.”
Charlestown 10 6 13 11 – 40
North Harrison 7 7 7 10 – 31
Charlestown (14-10) – Crace 16, Cochran 9, Biscardi 6, Hawkins 6, King 2, McCoy 1.
North Harrison (13-10) – Burgher 7, Burns 7, Jacobi 7, Robertson 6, Saunders 4.
3-point goals – Charlestown 5 (Cochran 2, Hawkins 2, Biscardi 1); North Harrison 5 (Burns 2, Burgher 1, Jacobi 1, Saunders 1).