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Girls basketball: North rolls to win over Spartans on special night

Jan. 12—GREENSBURG — On a special night at North Decatur, the Lady Chargers didn't let an emotional night get in the way of another win. North Decatur jumped out to a 20-6 lead after the first quarter and stampeded to a 59-15 win over Southwestern (Shelby).

North improves to 13-6 on the season and 4-0 in the MHC. Southwestern falls to 0-17 and 0-5 in the MHC.

Prior to the start of the game, the Coaches vs. Cancer ceremony was presented in a darkened North gym. Individuals who have lost their battle with cancer, those currently struggling with cancer and cancer conquerors were all honored during the program.

Once the game tipped off, North took control early. Madi Allen hit back-to-back 3-pointers to get North going and points from Ella Kunz, Sydney Rohls and Carmen Thackery had the Lady Chargers in front 20-6 after the first quarter.

Three straight from Kunz opened the second quarter as the Lady Chargers extended the lead to 33-12 at the half. North's defense held Southwestern to three points in the second half en route to the big victory.

Allen led the Lady Chargers in scoring with 21 points. Kunz was also in double figures with 20 points. Thackery, Rohls and Ally Whitaker all scored four points. Kelsey Haley had three points. Jo Whitaker scored two points and Emma Schoettmer hit a free throw for one point.

South Decatur

The Lady Cougars welcomed MHC foe Waldron for girls basketball action Thursday. South Decatur's defense held Waldron to just four points in the first eight minutes and four in the final eight minutes en route to a 55-37 victory.

South improves to 11-9 overall and 4-1 in the MHC. Waldron drops to 6-11 overall and 3-2 in conference action.

South jumped out to an 11-4 lead after the first quarter. Molly Eden scored four points in the frame for South. Paige McQueen added three points.

South pushed the lead to 25-16 at the half. Eden, Brayley Sundal (3-pointer) and McQueen all scored three points in the quarter for the Lady Cougars.

The Lady Cougars turned to the Somers girls in the third quarter. Makayla Somers poured in 11 of South's 13 points in the quarter. Taylor Somers had the other bucket for the Lady Cougars.

In the fourth, both Makayla Somers and Taylor Somers scored six points. McQueen added a 3-pointer and Makayla Puckett had a bucket in South's 55-37 win.

For South, Makayla Somers finished with 21 points and 14 rebounds for her double-double. Taylor Somers added 12 points and four rebounds. McQueen tallied nine points. Eden had seven points and 11 boards. Puckett and Sundal both scored three points and grabbed five rebounds. McQueen and Puckett share team-high honors with five assists each.

Greensburg

GREENSBURG — The Class 3A No. 4 Lady Pirates improved to 15-3 on the season with a 64-37 victory over visiting Brownstown Central (12-7).

After playing to an 11-11 tie after the first eight minutes, the Lady Pirates' defense tightened up and held the Lady Braves scoreless in the second quarter. At the half, Greensburg led 27-11.

The Lady Pirates extended the lead to 47-26 after three quarters.

For the game, the Lady Pirates shot 63.2 percent from the field, while the Lady Braves hit just 31.1 percent. Both teams were hot from long range. Greensburg hit 7-of-12 from beyond the 3-point arc. Brownstown was 8-of-15 from 3-point range.

Greensburg dished out 18 assists in the win.

Greensburg's Leah West was perfect from the field, connecting on 11-of-11 shots including 3-of-3 from 3-point range en route to a game-high 28 points.

Aly Powers was also in double figures with 15 points. Claire Larrison and Carlee Adams both had nine points. Mary Harmon added three points.

On the glass, West pulled down seven rebounds and Larrison grabbed five rebounds. Powers dished out a team-high six assists. Harmon had four assists. Larrison had a team-high five steals.

Jo Brittain led Brownstown with eight points.

The Lady Pirates return to action hosting Warren Central (10-7) Tuesday.

Contact Aaron Kirchoff at aaron.kirchoff@greensburgdailynews.com