Sectionals: No. 1 North Central exacts revenge against Lawrence North

Sectionals: No. 1 North Central exacts revenge against Lawrence North

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Sectionals: No. 1 North Central exacts revenge against Lawrence North

North Central remains unbeaten with another win over Lawrence North on Friday.

North Central remains unbeaten with another win over Lawrence North on Friday.

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For North Central to achieve most of its goals this season, it has had to go through Lawrence North. And for the third time this season, the Class 4A No. 1 Panthers did just that.

The Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference title. Check. Revenge for last year’s season-ending loss to the Wildcats. Check.

On Friday night, North Central ended Lawrence North’s three-year sectional reign with a 52-43 victory, earning the unbeaten Panthers a meeting with Cathedral on Saturday night for the sectional title.

“Last year, they knocked us out and didn’t give us a chance to go to state,” said Rikki Harris, who finished with a team-high 15 points for the Panthers. “We’re excited to keep pushing and working hard.”

It was far from easy, as Lawrence North held North Central to nine points in the first quarter and 9-of-25 shooting in the first half. But the biggest shot of the game for the Panthers might have been their final shot of the second quarter, as Savaya Brockington hit a 3-pointer to give the team a 23-17 lead going into the locker room.

“That was a game-changer. After she shot it, that changed our intensity,” Harris said. “We wanted to go hard and were so hyped. It changed the momentum.”

The Wildcats used a run to cut the deficit to two midway through the third quarter, but a 3-pointer by Taylor Ramey, followed by a Lawrence North turnover and a Harris layup quickly made it an 8-point North Central lead.

The Panthers led by 11 with less than three minutes to go, but a pair of layups by Destiny Perkins cut the North Central lead to five with 39 seconds to go. Ramey hit a pair of free throws and Harris turned a Wildcats turnover into a layup to put the game away.

Perkins scored 13 points for the Panthers, but was held to 4-of-19 shooting. She and Trinity Brady combined for 28 of the team’s 43 points.

“Taylor did an unbelievable job on Destiny,” said North Central coach DeeAnn Ramey said. “She had to work for every basket she got. That’s hard to do for four quarters and it wore her out some.”

North Central scored 14 second-chance points off 12 offensive rebounds and 14 points off 16 Wildcats turnovers. The Wildcats forced 17 turnovers and grabbed 14 offensive rebounds, but scored just 11 points off the miscues and two second-chance points.

“We forced some shots at inopportune times and they scored going the other way with it,” Lawrence North coach Chris Giffin said. “We had the game in manageable situations, but made some mistakes defensively or struggled to score offensively and couldn’t overcome that.”

Cathedral 42, Lawrence Central 29: When Lawrence Central got out to a 15-5 lead over Cathedral after the first quarter, it looked like the Bears might be in a position to upset the Irish. But then Keya Patton went to work.

The Cathedral junior finished with a game-high 30 points and the Irish outscored the Bears 27-10 in the second and third quarters, setting up a meeting with North Central in Saturday night’s sectional title game. Onayae’ Young led Lawrence Central with 10 points.

Follow IndyStar reporter Matthew VanTryon on Twitter: @MVanTryon.

HS girls basketball sectional roundup: Feb. 3

NORTH CENTRAL 52, LAWRENCE NORTH 43

Lawrence North  9   8   11  15 — 43

North Central      9  14  14  15 — 52

Lawrence North (13-8) — Destiny Perkins 4-19 5-6 13, Trinity Brady 6-13 1-2 15, Lauren Gunn 4-4 0-0 8, Kristian Young 2-4 0-0 4, Ashley Raines 1-2 0-0 3, Mya Parker 0-3 0-1 0, Katie Davidson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 17-46 6-8 43

North Central (25-0) — Rikki Harris 6-15 2-2 15, Savaya Brockington 3-3 0-0 7, Taylor Ramey 4-8 2-2 14, Ajanae’ Thomas 6-14 2-4 14, Totals: 19-46 8-10 52

3-point goals: Lawrence North 3 (Brady 2, Raines) North Central 6 (Ramey 4, Harris, Brockington)

CATHEDRAL 42, LAWRENCE CENTRAL 29

Lawrence Central  15 4    6     4  — 29

Cathedral               5  17  10  10  — 42

Lawrence Central (5-18) — Onayae Young 4 0-0 10, Keyaira Murff 3 3-4 9, Haley Ragonesi 2 0-2 6, Carresha Moore 1 0-0 2, Kiera Cobb 1 0-0 2 .Totals: 11 3-6 29

Cathedral (17-8) — Keya Patton 11 6-8 30, Justis Gordon 2 2-4 6, Kalyn Williams 0 3-4 3, Brooklin Alexander 1 1-2 3. Totals: 14 12-18 42

3-point goals: Lawrence Central 4 (Ragonesi 2, Young 2) Cathedral 2 (Patton 2)

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