Quick start propels Lady Hornets past Eagles, 47-32

January 28, 2016

Harrison’s Aja Heber looks to drive the lane as Farwell’s Emily Vaughn defends.

Harrison’s Aja Heber looks to drive the lane as Farwell’s Emily Vaughn defends.

by Ben Murphy

The Harrison girls basketball team entered Tuesday’s road game at Coleman red-hot. Games on back-to-back nights put an end to that hot streak however, as the Lady Hornets lost to the Lady Comets 50-36 in non-conference action.

“We had won three in a row going into the game but when you play on back-to-back nights and the other team doesn’t, they tend to be a lot more fresh than you are, and that proved the case in this game,” head coach Carl Anderson said. “Playing two games in two nights is tough.”

Coleman held a 16-12 lead after the first quarter and Harrison let things slip away in the second to trail 35-20 at the half. After three, the Comets led 43-27.

“The second quarter was our downfall,” Anderson said. “Even though we were double teaming one of their players, she still ended the night with six three point shots. Even though we were double teaming her, she threw up some nice shots.”

For Harrison, Nicole Willman led the way with eight points, Jessica Scherrer had seven and with six apiece was Lexi LaChappa and Erika Cullen.

On Monday the Hornets notched a home Jack Pine Conference win, 47-32 over Meridian. A fast start and a limited amount of turnovers helped Harrison get the victory, as they outscored the Lady Mustangs in all but the fourth quarter.

Harrison led 17-4 after one and stayed ahead 24-10 at the break and 39-22 entering the fourth, where

Harrison’s Erika Cullen knocks down a jumper.

Harrison’s Erika Cullen knocks down a jumper.

Meridian had a 10-8 edge.

“We had what was probably our best quarter of the year in the first,” Anderson said. “We only had 11 turnovers, which is by far the least number we’ve had in a game all season. We got the ball inside to our bigs much better than we usually do. We especially got the ball down low to Cullen and she just dominated.”

Cullen finished with a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, Ashleigh Woolston and Willman had seven apiece.

On Thursday, Jan. 21 Harrison hosted rival Farwell in another JPC contest, earning a well-played 47-32 win.

“It was an emotional game for us,” Anderson said. “All of the players and everyone in the crowd were handing out Matthew Willman memorial t-shirts. It was by far the biggest crowd we’ve had for a girls basketball game in years and everyone was just really supportive.”

Harrison started off with a 12-4 lead after the first quarter and led 26-14 at the half.
“We dominated the game right from the start, we played real well,” Anderson said.
The third quarter went well too for Harrison, outscoring the Lady Eagles 11-6 and giving the Hornets a 37-20 lead with just the fourth left to play.

“We didn’t execute our game plan very well,” Farwell head coach Gordie Risbridger said of the game. “We got into foul trouble and couldn’t knock down shots. We struggled to box out and keep them off the boards.”

Aja Heber led Harrison with 13 points and 12 rebounds, Willman put in nine and LaChappa netted seven.
For Farwell, Alysha Luster had seven, Marissa Gassel and Lillian Albaugh had six apiece and Shay Stalter had four.

Farwell is now 1-7 in the JPC. The Eagles hosted Roscommon on Thursday, hosts  Gladwin Tuesday and hosts Houghton Lake Thursday.

Harrison (4-8 overall, 3-5 JPC) hosted Houghton Lake on Thursday, is at Beaverton on Tuesday and hosts Roscommon Thursday.

“The kids are playing really well as a team,” Anderson said. “We have some tough games coming up but I think we’re going to be in every game and be competitive.”

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