“Her shooting’s starting to come around,” said Bryant.
Following the game, Bryant noticed a rare but positive statistic. Despite wanting his team to get itself to the foul line more often, Bryant saw that Switzerland County did not make a single trip to the line Saturday.
“I don’t know that I’ve ever coached a basketball game where a team did not attempt a single free throw,” he said. “Maybe that’s a sign that we’re playing a lot smarter basketball.” In a drill during a recent practice, the players held a towel behind their back to get themselves used to not using their hands while defending.
“We’ve been fouling so much, whether it’s in our man or zone, that we’ve been talking about it,” he said.
Bryant credited senior Andrea Volk for strengthening her defense in the past few games.
“Our last two games, she’s been in foul trouble,” said Bryant. However, the three-year starter has proven to be one of North’s best defenders.
“She does a really good job in the zone,” said Bryant. “She really anticipates in the zone, and ends up with a lot of steals and deflections.”
Anna Wallpe finished with a game-high 22. Hughes followed with 12, including a pair of triples. Ali Wallpe scored nine, hitting 3-for-3 at the foul line.
“Any time we get nine points from Ali, that’s a great thing,” said Bryant.
Haunert and Hitchcock added four. Sophomore Sam Krieger added two, and senior Emma Geis chipped in one.
Junior Eve Galbreath led the Pacers with 12 points.
The North JV team fell to the Pacers 33-23. Three girls led the Chargers in scoring. Addy Osting, Morgan Mauer and Ashlin Weintraut each scored four points. Olivia Siefert and Hitchcock each scored three. Meredith Fogle and Ally Gauck scored two apiece, while Morgan McKinney added a free throw.
The Lady Chargers will rest for the holiday before taking on Tree City rival Greensburg Friday night at home.
Contact Nick Gonnella at (812) 663-3111, x7003.