Short-handed Patriot Girls hold Southport | national sport

Jan. 8 – So many things went wrong for Terre Haute North Saturday afternoon at Conference Indiana Girls High School Basketball.

The Patriots were without Hallie Hayes – “our top defenseman,” said coach Nathan Dillion – with illness (and on her senior day), lost two other valuable players to personal fouls and finished the game with two young varsity players on the court in under intense pressure and threw the ball away 19 times, eight times in the first quarter alone.

But teamwork and good shooting can cover up many sins, and the Patriots had both, holding off Southport 57-53 in what Dillion called “probably the most complete game of the season.”

“It was a lot closer than it probably should have been,” added Dillion, whose side were leading 50-37 with less than four minutes to go, “but I’m so proud of these girls.”

Even without Hayes, the Patriots have seven other seniors, so Ruby Latorre and Gracie Smith joined regular starters Preslee Michael, Jetta Harmon and Lilly Jensen on the starting lineup, and Mary Brooks and I’Asia Gaffney were the first players off the line Bank.

Smith sank an early 3-pointer and Becca Gore and Aubrey Ervin also hit 3s before the first quarter ended North 17-13 despite those nine turnovers. Gore hit three more from long range in the second quarter while North maintained his lead despite Michael catching their third foul – an unfortunate call to charity – in the last minute of the second quarter.

Michael’s fourth foul came 26 seconds into the third quarter, so North’s top scorer was a cheerleader for most of the rest of the game — “I probably won’t have a vote tomorrow,” she later said — but her teammates responded with an 8-0- run that opened the lead to 38-26. Gore, Ervin, Latorre and Harmon had baskets in that run, with Latorre getting two assists, and after a Southport basket, Harmon drove through defense twice, first pulling a foul and hitting two free throws and then finishing a layup with her left hand ( she is right-handed).

“I had a discrepancy,” Harmon later said. “I could take [my defender] to the edge.”

Ervin picked up their third and fourth fouls while Southport scored the next nine points to come within 42-37 and scored their fifth less than two minutes into the fourth quarter. By this point, North was in the middle of an 8-0 run building that 50-37 lead, but the Cardinals got four free throws and Michael picked up the fifth foul on a rebound basket from Southport’s Cece Mitchell.

Latorre hit a layup for North, but Southport took the next eight points to go 52-51. Sophomore Emma Martin met a feed from Latorre but Mitchell hit with another offensive rebound and it was 54-53 by 18 seconds. But the Patriots successfully brought in the ball, Gore hit two free throws and sophomore Cyd’Nei Strader added the clincher.

“I was so proud of it [my teammates]’ Michael said, ‘especially Ruby. She’s grown so much, one of the hardest workers I’ve ever met.”

“We got some younger girls stepping up,” Harmon added.

“The young girls have stepped up, and the seniors have stepped up,” Dillion said.

Gore led the Patriots with 18 points, while Michael had 12 – despite playing less than six minutes after the break – and Harmon had 10. Lela Scott had 21 points, six rebounds, five steals, three assists and two blocks and Mitchell had 19 Points and 10 rebounds for the Cardinals.

good shooting? North hit 54% from field, 55% from 3-point range. Cooperation? The Patriots had 16 assists in 21 baskets, with Harmon on nine and Latorre on five.

“I’ve always been a playmaker,” Harmon said with a smile.

“It was quite a win for us,” said Dillion. “I really believe that as a team we are on the right track and we play for each other.”

SOUTHPORT (53) — McMasters 1-9 4-4 7, Scott 6-14 5-5 21, Mitchell 6-15 6-10 19, Cherry 0-0 0-0 0, Reed 0-5 0-0 0, Martinez 3-6 0-1 6, Nguyen 0-0 0-0 0, Linson 0-0 0-0 0. Overall 16-49 FG, 15-20 FT, 53 TP.

TERRE HAUTE NORTH (57) – Michael 5-8 2-2 ​​12, Harmon 4-6 2-6 10, Jensen 0-0 0-0 0, Latorre 2-5 2-2 6, Smith 1-1 0 -0 3, Brooks 0-1 0-0 0, Gaffney 0-0 0-0 0, Gore 6-12 2-2 18, Ervin 2-5 0-0 5, Martin 1-1 0-0 2, Strader 0-0 1-4 1. Total 21-39 FG, 9-16 FT, 57 TP.

South Harbor;13;12;12;16;—;53

Terre Haute North;17;13;14;13;—;57

3-point shooting – Southport 6-16 (Scott 4-7, Mitchell 1-2, McMasters 1-4, Reed 0-3), THN 6-11 (Gore 4-7, Smith 1-1, Ervin 1- 2 , Michael 0-1). Total fouls – Southport 18, THN 17. Fouled out – Ervin, Michael, McMasters. Turnovers – Southport 13, THN 19. Rebounds – Southport 28 (Mitchell 10), THN 35 (Gore 5, Ervin 5, Michael 4, Harmon 4, Jensen 2, Martin 2, Strader 2, Latorre, Smith, Team 9). Assists – Southport 10 (Scott 3), THN 16 (Harmon 9, Latorre 5, Michael, Ervin). Steal – Southport 14 (Scott 5), THN 6 (Harmon 2, Gore 2, Michael, Jensen). Blocks – Southport 4 (Scott 2), THN 4 (Jensen 2, Harmon, Latorre).

JV – 37 Terre Haute North (Charlie Walker 16), Southport 22 (Da’Niya Hamilton 6).

Next — Terre Haute North (9-11, 1-2 Conference Indiana) plays Tuesday at Marshall. Southport (8-8, 2-3) plays in Whiteland on Thursday.


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