“We looked like we practiced yesterday,” North Harrison coach Missy Voyles said of the first two minutes. “Our practice wasn’t very focused.”
Once the Lady Cats finally scored, they hardly stopped. North Harrison tallied the next 37 points and smothered the host Eagles, 100-27.
Lanesville’s Katelynn Pavey hit a 3-pointer with 6:54 left in the first quarter for the first points of the game. The Eagles, who 16 turnovers in the first quarter alone, didn’t score again until the second quarter.
Meanwhile, North Harrison’s 6-foot-1 sophomore Lilly Hatton, who has NCAA Division I offers from Evansville and Indiana State, scored 19 points in the first as the Lady Cats cruised to a 58-11 halftime lead. In the first half, Hatton hit all eight of her shots and made 2 of 3 from the free-throw line.
Hatton finished with a career-high 28 points, outscoring Lanesville by herself. But she got plenty of help in the second half.
North Harrison started the third quarter with a 12-2 run, building a 70-14 lead with 4:45 left in the period. All 11 players listed in the North Harrison book scored, as junior Cali Nolot added 17 points. Stevi Burns, one of just two seniors on the roster, hit two 3-pointers and poured in 14 points.
Despite all the high expectations, Voyles said the Lady Cats will get plenty of stiff competition, starting with Jeffersonville Friday night.
“Jeff’s better than most people realize,” Voyles said. “We play good teams. We’re not going to win every game. I hope we do, but we play a difficult schedule. We’ll have to come to compete on many, many nights.”
Peyton Sonner led the Eagles with 10 points.
“It’s a learning experience,” said Lanesville coach Kevin Smith. “That’s the way we approach. Obviously, we were physically outmatched. But I don’t think we gave up.”
Smith said he’s always been impressed with Hatton.
“She really works at it,” he said. “She puts extra time in. She knows her role. She’s a very good teammate. That says a lot right there. We have no one who can match up with her.”
NORTH HARRISON: 35 – 23 – 21 – 21 — 100
LANESVILLE: 3 – 8 – 10 – 6 — 27
North Harrison (1-0): Lilly Hatton 28, Taylor Rennirt 8, Lexi Terrell 4, Shelby Kondovski 4, Savana Rhodes 7, Hallie Hinton 6, Cali Nolot 17, Emma Nokes 5, Madison Shelton 5, Jessicka Chiquito 2, Stevi Burns 14.
Lanesville (0-1): Carmen Jacobs 2, Katelyn Pavey 6, McKenzie Randolph 6, Peyton Sonner 10, Makayla Philpott 2, Mackenzie Miller 1.
3-Point Goals: Rhodes, Hatton, Nolot, Burns 2, Pavey 2, Randolph, Sonner 2.