RAMSEY, Ind.— North Harrison High School’s girls basketball team came back from a short deficit late in the fourth quarter to take a well-earned 51-48 victory over New Albany Thursday night at North Harrison.
The Bulldogs (6-2) surged ahead of North Harrison when Chyna Anthony missed from 6 feet and then Kelsy Taylor grabbed a rebound and was fouled on the putback attempt. Taylor hit both free throws and New Albany led 48-47.
North Harrison (9-0), ranked No. 1 in Class 3-A, then went down the floor and got the ball inside to Lilly Hatton, one of the top sophomores in Indiana. Hatton, who finished with a game-high 19 points, faked a shot and then rolled to the basketball for an easy layup with 39 seconds left and the Lady Cats led 49-48.
On New Albany’s next possession, North Harrison’s Taylor Rennirt stripped the ball from Earless Davis. Hatton and Hallie Hinton both hit 1 of 2 free throws to give North Harrison a three-point lead. Rennirt added 11 points for the Lady Cats, who have won 14 straight regular-season games.
“She has played well for us all year,” North Harrison coach Missy Voyles said of Rennirt. “I don’t think people realize it because of the attention Hatton gets.”
Cali Nolot had 17 points for North Harrison. New Albany’s Marissa Jones missed a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer.
“We haven’t had many close games,” Voyles said. “It’s good to play some close games.”
Midway through the first quarter, New Albany’s Anthony, check into the game for the first time this season.
Anthony, a 6-foot-1 Northern Kentucky University signee, missed the first month of the season because of an ankle injury. Anthony played about half of the first half and appeared winded midway through the second quarter. Anthony finished with four points.
“She’s still out of shape,” New Albany coach Tammy Geron said of Anthony. “She’s only going about two-minutes spurts for us. That’s the gameplan. We stuck to that. She plays so hard and her wind goes quickly. Over time, that will get better.”
Davis and Savanna Pinkston paced the Bulldogs with 13 points.
“Earlean Davis had a great game tonight,” Geron said. “I don’t want that to go unnoticed. She really kept us in the ballgame in the first half.”
NEW ALBANY: 12 – 12 – 12 – 12 – 48
NORTH HARRISON: 17 – 12 – 10 – 12 – 51
New Albany (6-2): Condra 11p, Douglas 2p, Anthony 4, Jones 3p, Davis 13p, Pinkston 2p, Taylor 13p
North Harrison (9-0): Rennirt 11p, Hatton 19p, Hinton 1p, Nolot 17p, Nokes 1p, Burns 2p.
3-Point Goals: Davis 2, Rennirt, Hatton, Nolot 2.