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Huge win over Eastern followed by loss for NB

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By Thomas Barr

 HEBRON ESTATES -- A night after playing its best basketball game of the season, North Bullitt head coach Amber Courtney watched her Lady Eagles struggle.

Struggle against a good Pleasure Ridge Park team but struggle in a game in which Courtney felt her Lady Eagles should have won.

Welcome to the world of high school basketball.

In a game that had little flow, PRP came into North Bullitt's gym and left with a 45-41 victory.

It wasn't that North Bullitt played awful. It was just after having beaten Eastern by double digits the night before, Courtney was looking for more consistency.

"We didn't move the ball," Courtney said following Thursday's setback. "The offense got complacent."

In the first half, Katie Downey provided the offensive spark with five points but it was Lauren Deel who came off the bench to score the final five points of the half to give the home team a 19-14 lead at intermission.

But Andrea Compton got hot in the third quarter as PRP would go on a 15-4 run. Compton slashed her way to the basket for eight points in that run.

But then North Bullitt's offense seemed to get a kickstart. Downey hit three treys and Megan Goeing added a fourth to a 35-32 lead. When Erin Dolan scored off an inbounds play just before the buzzer, North Bullitt entered the final period leading 37-32.

The fourth quarter was a disaster as the Lady Eagles were outscored 10-0. They would not score until Rachel Badgett hit a free throw with 1:16 left in the game.

Still, with PRP missing some free throws, North Bullitt had a chance. With 37 seconds left, Dolan got a nice pass from Savannah Morrison for a layup.

After a missed free throw by PRP and down by two, Deel got a rebound and hit one of two charity tosses.

Paige Murphy sealed the win for the visitors by hitting two free throws to make it 44-41 with 25 seconds left. North Bullitt would not get a shot to tie.

A Compton free throw put it out of reach at 44-41.

"I'm searching for some consistency," said Courtney, whose team is still an impressive 16-6 on the season. "We made some poor decisions on offense and defense."

For a team where the offense is fueled by the defense, Courtney said her players really didn't upset PRP.

And then when the team had the ball, Courtney said the girls were too unselfish and passed up a lot of good shots.

On top of that, the Lady Eagles shot just 54 percent from the free throw line, which is uncharacteristic.

 

At NORTH BULLITT (9-10-18-4) 41 -- Katie Downey 14, Erin Dolan 10, Megan Goeing 6, Lauren Deel 6, Rachel Badgett 3, Savannah Morrison 2

Pleasure Ridge Park (8-6-18-13) 45 -- Brown 17, Murphy 9, Shead 6, Jones 6, Fries 5, Mitchell 2

 

Big win over Eastern

The key to victory over a very talented Seventh Region opponent on Wednesday was simple -- defense and rebounding.

"We played phenomenal defense," said Courtney.

The Lady Eagles defeating visiting Eastern 60-45.

"We played great defense and we rebounded the ball," said Courtney.

It didn't hurt that Downey was hot from beyond the arc, hitting four treys en route to a 19-point performance.

"We ran the ball and we like the uptempo," said Courtney. "We need that transition game. That's why the defense is so important."

She said that no matter the outcome in games against teams like PRP and Eastern, it is good for the Lady Eagles.

"We need to see those teams at this point in the season," said Courtney. "We must play teams like that in the regional tournament."

 

At NORTH BULLITT (10-15-22-13) 60 -- Katie Downey 19, Savannah Morrison 15, Lauren Deel 8, Megan Goeing 5, Rachel Badgett 5, Maria George 4, Erin Dolan 4

Eastern (10-11-16-8) 45 -- Hart 8, Collins 8, Raque 7, Spaulding 6, Stafford 5, Thompson 5, Sivils 3, Holman 3