TCN Girls Overwhelm Carlisle
J. C. Tilton
North's young team has had its share of tribulations this season. The team has had some success in the second half of the season and now are trying to build some momentum for next year. It was also senior night for the Panthers and that added some more incentive going into the game. This was the last home game for Laura Green and Brittany Horstman. The Carlisle Indians were visiting and it was time to take some of their frustrations out on them.
North went into a vigorous press and quickly pinned Carlisle down. For the night, TCN would have a total of 17 steals. They had an outstanding 17-2 first quarter from which Carlisle could not recover. North seemed to score at will while Carlisle was happy to just get the ball across the time line. In the second quarter the Indians recovered somewhat, but North had a 19 point lead at halftime.
The Panthers stifled any attempts at a Carlisle comeback in the third quarter and cruised in the last period to walk away with a 46-25 victory. North shrugged off a Carlisle press and answered with a press of their own to counter the Indians. Senior Laura Green had a nice game, fouled on a three point shot - she nailed all three free throws, hustled on the boards, and ended up with 8 points. Fellow senior Brittany Horstman was held scoreless, but was a factor on defense and likewise pulled in some clutch rebounds.
The first question I asked coach Stammen was whether the team had their Wheaties that morning - they sure played like champs for one night. Freshman Rachel Heindl(12 pts.) jubilantly chimed in, “I sure did.” Coach Stammen admitted, “They sure came out fired out. It was senior night and they wanted to do well for our two seniors. Their intensity level was up. Laura and Brittany played their hearts out. They were ready, they knew it was the last home game. They wanted it and came out hungry.” Next she was asked about the return of an injured Meagan Thompson, “This was her second game and she is still recovering. But she was able to contribute, she is definitely working her way back in- it's nice to have her back.”
TCN scoring: Delong 2, Bussard 2, Green 8, Daugherty 5, Harshman 2, Thompson 12, Whitaker 4, Heindl 12, Mullins 4.
The reserve game was won by TCN 27-21. Ygnacio 2, Estep 4, Bussard 2, Ervin 10, Whitaker 7, Anderson 2.