The North Decatur girls basketball team defeated visiting Jac-Cen-Del 50-41 Tuesday night.
The Lady Chargers improve to 4-5 on the season with a clutch effort at the foul line in the second half, shooting 12-for-16 from the line in the fourth quarter.
North trailed Jac-Cen-Del 26-24 at halftime after leading 15-11 at end of the first quarter.
The Chargers climbed back ahead to take a 36-30 lead, but the Eagles reclaimed momentum and a rally made it 37-36 at the end of three.
North thrived under the basket in the fourth quarter, allowing the Chargers to take control and pull away in the final eight minutes. Getting to the basket and drawing fouls were the bread-and-butter for the hosts. Senior Jenna Meyer, juniors Anna Wallpe, Andrea Volk and freshman Mary Hughes dribble-drove inside to earn trips to the line.
“We’ve been able to attack the paint more,” said North head coach Brad Bryant. “We pound the post and look for those dribble drives. We got more active in that fourth quarter. I’ll compliment the girls on that. That’s something we harp on them as a team.”
North benefited from seven players in the scorebook. Senior Jenna Meyer led all scorers with 18 points, and added 14 rebounds. Freshman Mary Hughes followed with a career-high 10 points, including 4-for-4 from the foul line in the fourth quarter. Andrea Volk scored seven (3-for-4 FT’s in fourth quarter), Anna Wallpe five, while Myra Steele and senior Veronica Yager each added four.
Bryant credited Hughes for her execution at point guard and developing ability to read defenses.
“Mary continues to grow as a player,” he said. “She doesn’t force things. She recognizes what she needs to do when defenses change and is learning to push the ball up the floor.”
Bryant noted the absence of Volk’s defense in the first half, when she was on the bench with foul trouble.
“We got off to a pretty nice start in the first quarter,” said Bryant. “When she came out of the game, we went very flat. She’s a very active defender, has active hands and active feet. I’ve given her the freedom, now, to take more chances. I want her to realize that I’m okay with those chances. That’s a strength that she needs to continue to play to. I don’t think we, as a team, realize how much we feed off of her defensively.”
Jac-Cen-Del took the junior varsity game 33-29 in the early action. Alison Wallpe led her team with 16 points, including a 4-for-4 effort at the line. Laura Haunert followed with five, while Morgan Nobbe and Morgan McKinney each scored three. Sam Krieger and Erin Yager each chipped in one point.
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