Fresh off their first district win in nearly a decade, Harrison pushed heavily favored McBain to the limits on Wednesday, Feb. 27, though ultimately lost 69-55 in the semi-finals of the Pine River class ‘C’ district.
“Our best game of this season, but turnovers trumped our effort and output,” Harrison head coach Kelly Cook said. “We shot 58 percent from the floor and 70 percent from the line to stay within nine points of McBain most of the game. What hurt real bad was the 32 turnovers. You take 40 percent of that and it’s 14 points, which was our deficit.”
The Lady Ramblers took a 12-8 lead after the first quarter and pulled ahead 35-21 at the half.
“We had the lead early but a break down in defense and a few fast breaks from McBain put them up by 14,” Cook said. “We’d make runs at them, but they countered well to keep us at bay.”
Harrison closed that gap slightly to 53-40 entering the fourth.
Allison Lipovsky led Harrison with 18 points and 10 rebounds, Brooke Colville had 12 points and two steals, Hillary Brewer put in eight points and eight boards with Katelyn Sherrick scoring eight point as well. Olivia Sharp contributed five points and Jessica Scherrer tallied four points. Erica Heckman had seven rebounds and seven assists.
“We never lost our intensity throughout the game and that was key to staying up with McBain,” Cook said. “Hillary and Allison were amazing in the paint and around the rim.”
Harrison finishes its season 6-16 overall and 2-12 in the Jack Pine Conference.
“Our Lady Hornets had a successful season as from seasons past,” Cook said. “We increased in many stat areas, saw player development and competitiveness… Our varsity team was made of mostly seniors so next year we will have a very, very young team but we will maintain our height and size… Already looking forward to next season and planning the summer. Never time to rest as we continue to grow in our program.”