Sunday, February 19, 2017

Tiger Boys Roll Past Shamrocks; Girls Drop Close One

Worth County’s boys won handily over North Harrison while the girls dropped a close one. The boys made quick work of North Harrison early, gaining a 65-36 victory. The girls fought a back and forth battle with the Shamrocks, only to come up short 44-42.

Cade Allee knocked down a triple for the boys right off the back and the boys were off to the races. Drake Kinsella followed with a shot after Jacob New kept a possession alive. A monster stuff by Mason Hawk on defense was followed by a backdoor layup from Ryan McClellan off a pass from Kinsella, and Kinsella added a free throw to make it 8-0 at the 4:39 mark of the first quarter.

Logan Craig’s free throw broke the shutout for the Shamrocks, but Ryan McClellan skipped one to Cade Allee to restart the Tigers. Jacob New got behind the Shamrock defense and Ryan McClellan aired it out to him for a layup, McClellan added a free throw, Tevin Cameron found Drake Kinsella inside, Ryan McClellan went backdoor for a pass from Kinsella, and Mason Hawk added a putback for the Tigers as they went up 19-1 after one quarter.

The avalanche continued early into the second as Ryan McClellan and Mason Hawk added free throws and Hawk cut inside for a pass from Cade Allee to make it 23-1 with 6:41 left.
North Harrison finally began finding the range as consecutive NBA 3-pointers from Randy Rinehart and J.D. Baker made it 24-7 with 5:49 left. Kinsella got a putback for Worth County that was countered by a drive from Rinehart. But then Drake Kinsella went backdoor and took a pass from Hawk and then Kinsella hit Hawk twice to make it 32-9 with 4:08 left in the frame. Baker hit two more long triples for North Harrison, but Cade Allee had the hot hand down the stretch for Worth County in the first half as they led 41-16 at the break.

Worth County scored nine in just over two minutes as they thwarted any comeback bids by North Harrison. Ryan McClellan hit Mason Hawk inside and then Drake Kinsella on the wing. Kinsella went backdoor for a pass from Hawk, Tevin Cameron scored off a Kinsella steal, and Mason Hawk added a free throw to make it 50-16 with 5:41 left in the third.

Drake Kinsella and Cade Allee each had 15 for the Tigers, while Mason Hawk had 12.

The girls were not as fortunate as they fell in a close one to North Harrison. Worth County led 16-13 off a 3-pointer by Regan Allee late in the first, but baskets by Payton Craig and Krissi Cox put the Shamrocks back in front 21-17 at the 5:50 mark of the second. Anna Gladstone’s backdoor look put the Tigers back up 23-21, and Jessi Badell had the hot hand down the stretch in the first half as the Tigers extended their lead to 27-23.

But then North Harrison made a concerted effort to drive to the rack and it paid off in the third quarter as Craig took over and North Harrison pulled ahead 31-29. Jessi Badell’s backdoor layup off a pass from Anna Gladstone and a Payton Adwell free throw put the Tigers back in front 32-31, but Briley McLain’s free throw put North Harrison back in front 33-32 after three. The Shamrocks took their biggest lead at 37-32 off Brandy Rivet’s drive before Kristin New got a pass from Regan Allee in transition to stop the bleeding and make it 37-34.

Worth County fought back and tied it up 38-38, but then fell asleep on defense as Payton Craig rushed it down the floor and put North Harrison right back in front with a 3-point play to make it 41-38. Anna Gladstone countered by a drive and a prayer that went high off the rim and in to make it 41-40. Cox’s free throw made it 42-40, but Regan Allee found Jessi Badell inside to tie it up again with 1:17 left.

The two teams exchanged turnovers, before Craig’s layup with 17 seconds put North Harrison up 44-42 and the Tigers had no answer. Anna Gladstone drove the lane and got on the line with 2 seconds left, missed the first free throw, and intentionally missed the second. Worth County got the offensive board, but couldn’t get a shot off in time.

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