Greensburg Daily News
For the first 16 minutes of the North Decatur girls basketball team’s 61-47 win over Waldron Thursday, head coach Brad Bryant did not see a team playing to its capabilities - much like its win over Jac-Cen-Del.
“We were not flat, but we were not playing at a very high level, either,” he said.
The game was tied at 21-all at the break.
“At halftime I challenged the girls to find it within themselves to do what it would take to do the little things,” said Bryant. “Get on the floor for loose balls. Box out. Set good, solid screens. To not care about anything other than doing whatever it takes to win for our team. I think the girls did a really nice job of responding in the second half. The second half did not have too many peaks and valleys. We played, for the most part, at a fairly high level and did not lose our intensity.”
Despite leading by close to 20 points early in the fourth quarter, Bryant noted that North got sloppy and let Waldron cut the lead nearly in half.
“Other than that, we did a nice job of playing a solid 16 minutes in the second half,” he said.
North was without the services of senior Cindy Krieger and junior Andrea Volk, its top two defenders, but Bryant said his team responded to their absences.
“I thought we had a very nice effort from everyone; it was a great team effort and team win,” he said.
Waldron’s size advantage and superior length posed a challenge for North, especially when junior Myra Steele and senior Jenna Meyer had to come to the bench.
However, Bryant said senior Lindsay Nobbe “stepped in and did a very nice job” battling Waldron’s size and length.
“During the first half, I thought Lindsay Nobbe did a very good job of blocking out and keeping their bigger girls off the boards,” he said.
Meyer led North with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Junior Abby Lamb took advantage of Waldron’s 2-3 zone and hit a pair of 3-pointers, ending the night with nine points.
“Abby Lamb is another player who came in off the bench and was a very good spark for us,” said Bryant. “We know Abby can shoot.”
Senior Veronica Yager also gave solid minutes off the bench, scoring nine points and shooting 5-for-7 from the foul line.
Junior Alison Wallpe came off the bench to relieve her sister, Anna Wallpe, when she got into foul trouble.
“We made a great post pass to her in the third quarter where she was fouled and made the basket,” said Bryant. “Ali also had a nice block on the defensive end.”
Junior Emma Geis played a solid 21 minutes, according to Bryant, and committed just two turnovers.
“She did a great job of taking care of the ball,” said Bryant. “As a team, we were once again very good at taking care of the ball with only 16 turnovers.”
Starting her first varsity game Thursday was freshman guard Mary Hughes, who scored a career high 12 points and added six rebounds. Hughes shot 9-for-12 from the foul line, and 8-for-10 in the fourth quarter alone. She also hit a 3-pointer in the opening quarter.
“Mary Hughes got her first varsity start and did a great job,” said Bryant. “She was solid with the ball and also did a nice job of rebounding.”
Bryant said North’s success at the foul line has increased. North shot just two free throws against Oldenburg, but over the past four games, have shot 31, 23, 22 and 29, respectively.
According to Bryant, North’s opposition has shot just 70 free throws in those four games. North was 18-for-29 Thursday.
“Our percentage isn’t quite where I would like it in those four games (60 percent), but it is nice getting there,” he said.
Bryant credited his team for its play Thursday and throughout the first 10 games.
“I am really proud of the girls tonight and what they have been doing all season,” he said. “They continue to work very hard. This win gets us back to .500 and 2-0 in the conference.”
North plays next on Saturday at Switzerland County with a JV start time of noon.
“Like Waldron,” said Bryant, “Switz is another team that is much improved compared to last season. It will be a test traveling down to their place.”
JV Lady Pirates beat Waldron
The North Decatur junior varsity girls improved to 5-4 with a 30-17 win over Waldron.
The JV Lady Chargers led after every stop, including 10-2 in the first quarter and 14-9 at the half.
Alison Wallpe led North with 18 points. Laura Haunert followed with eight, while Morgan McKinney and Morgan Nobbe each added two.
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