Bryant credited Knightstown for neutralizing sophomore guard Mary Hughes, who scored just one point Saturday.
“They did a really good job of taking Mary Hughes out of the game,” he said. “She worked hard throughout the game and did a good job of getting the ball to people, but it was hard for her to find her shot against their size and quickness at the guard position.”
Senior Andrea Volk provided a bright spot for North. After uncharacteristically struggling with her shot early in the season, Volk scored 17 against Knightstown. She hit four 3-pointers and shot 3-for-4 from the foul line.
Senior Anna Wallpe added “another very solid performance,” according to Bryant, with 16 points. Senior Alison Wallpe added 10 points, senior Abby Lamb chipped in eight and senior Emma Geis added seven.
“If we can find our consistency on the defensive end once again, we will give ourselves much better opportunities to win,” said Bryant.
After just four games, North has seen big scoring games from several spots (Anna Wallpe 20, Volk 17, Lamb 16, Geis 10, Ali Wallpe 13, Hughes 11).
“We have a lot of people who can score,” he said. “When we get that consistency from everyone, we will be a hard team to guard - plus the fact that we can score from inside and out. I like the potential we have.”
Despite the loss, Bryant said his team is coming together and learning more about itself each game.
“Unfortunately, we were not able to come out on top, but I think our girls are learning a lot about themselves here early in the season,” he said.
North next hosts Oldenburg Academy Thursday night.
Contact Nick Gonnella at (812) 663-3111, x7003.