Basketball

North Harrison rushes Providence early in win

North Harrison – the top-ranked girls team in Class 3-A – jumped out to a 24-6 lead by the end of the first quarter and smothered host Providence 77-35 Monday night.

Cali Nolot, a junior forward, led the North Harrison onslaught with 25 points. Lilly Hatton, a 6-foot-1 sophomore, added 16 points, 15 rebounds and six blocked shots.

North Harrison coach Missy Voyles said she believes a 24-point loss to Greenfield in the finals of the Hall of Fame Classic on Dec. 29 delivered a clear message to her team. She called it a wake-up call.

”I don’t like to lose, and I really don’t like to lose the way we did,” Voyles said. “Tonight, we played well, and Providence has a nice team. We made them do some things they probably didn’t want to do. I believe we made them rush a little bit.”

With Hatton drawing such defensive attention, Voyles said it gives others opportunities and Nolot took advantage of her chance.

“If you double-team Lilly , Cali will take it to the basket,” she said.

North Harrison (16-1), state runner-up a year ago, is 44-4 over the last two seasons. For the Pioneers, Claire Rauck led the way with 15 points. Providence, ranked No. 5 in Class 2-A, fell to 12-5.

N. Harrison’s Stevi Burns (35) shot against Providence’s Brooke Hayden (11) during their game at Providence. Jan. 9, 2017

N. Harrison’s Stevi Burns (35) shot against Providence’s Brooke Hayden (11) during their game at Providence. Jan. 9, 2017