|North Harrison wins 2nd consecutive regional title|
By Evan Saylor
It wasnÃ?Â¢??t always easy at times but for the most part the Lady Cats out rebounded, out shot, out hustled, and definitely out played both teams in SaturdayÃ?Â¢??s contests. North Harrison showed why theyÃ?Â¢??re deserving of the title Ã?Â¢??number one team in the stateÃ?Â¢?, but with any team hiccups are bound to occur. The only difference is that North Harrison is very disciplined, and learns very quickly from their mistakes.
Ã?Â¢??They donÃ?Â¢??t quit, yet theyÃ?Â¢??re not the most finesse group of players. They just keep going out every game looking to grind it out and play hard. ItÃ?Â¢??s a never give up mentality that they showed last year in the state finals when they got down to Heritage Christian,Ã?Â¢? said Missy Voyles.
Despite allowing 13 more points then their defensive average North Harrison excelled in many other categories to compensate. On the offensive end the Lady Cats shot 60% from the field and was over 75% from the free-throw line on the weekend. On the defense end they held both Rushville and Vincennes Lincoln to under 50% shooting and forced 29 turnovers combined.
In the final game vs Vincennes, North Harrison got off to a ten point advantage with the aid of three straight three point baskets in the first quarter. From there on the Lady Cats were able to settle in and fend off any push back Vincennes showed.
Ã?Â¢??Offensively I thought we were able to get (Cali) Nolot and (Lily) Hatton in good scoring positions, and defensively we did a really good job in the second half with one of VincennesÃ?Â¢?? best players (Abi Haynes),Ã?Â¢? said Missy Voyles of North Harrison
Hatton and Nolot of North Harrison combined for 78 of the teams 119 points over the weekend. Hatton racked up 7 blocks, 9 rebounds, and 21 points in the regional final game. Not only did the Sophomore forward have a great weekend in the stat book she also forced many turnovers and was an answer to every down low post option the opponents threw at her.
Voyles in her 14th season at North Harrison had a game plan coming into the final game of the regional and it was simple yet effective.
Ã?Â¢??I wanted to run them (Vincennes Lincoln) as hard as I could up and down the floor because they had to play really hard this morning,Ã?Â¢? said Missy Voyles
North Harrison was able obtain their second straight regional title not by beautiful shot selection and perfectly drawn up plays, but rather by playing hard, physical and unselfish basketball. The young Lady Cats only have two seniors on their team but certainly play with the poise of a very experienced yet relaxed team.
This Saturday North Harrison faces off against Danville at Jeffersonville (6:00) in hopes to take one more step toward bringing a state title to Harrison County and to all of southern Indiana.
Regional Final Stats:
Rennirt-8Ã??Ã?Â Hatton-22Ã??Ã?Â Hinton-6 Nolot-18Ã??Ã?Â Nokes-6Ã??Ã?Â Burns-2
Carmen-2Ã??Ã?Â Haynes-2Ã??Ã?Â Cramner-3 Trueblood-3Ã??Ã?Â H. Hipsher-5Ã??Ã?Â L. Hipsher-3Ã??Ã?Â Hein-24Ã??Ã?Â Sparks-6
Turnovers: North Harrison-13 Vincennes-15
Rebounds: North Harrison-26 Vincennes-25
Blocks: North Harrison-9 Vincennes-2
Steals: North Harrison-7 Vincennes-3
Assists: North Harrison-15 Vincennes-8