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The Columbus North girls basketball team knows things won’t go as easily against Bloomington South tonight as they did Wednesday against Franklin.
The Bull Dogs tuned up for their Conference Indiana and sectional rivals with a 74-32 rout of the Cubs in a Coaches vs. Cancer game. North led 43-5 with 1:15 left in the first half and cruised from there.
“Tonight, I thought we played together as a team, but tomorrow, we’re going to have to bring more energy against B-South,” said senior Tayler Goodall, who scored a game-high 25 points.
“It’s a great opponent for us to play, and we have to come out ready to play. It’s going to be a lot tougher, and we have to play the way we play.”
Goodall became the school’s all-time leading 3-point shooter when she sank her first 3 of the night just over a minute into the game, breaking Tina Bolte’s record of 105. Goodall added two more 3s, giving her 108 for her career.
“I did not know I was close to breaking it, but I’m happy that I did it,” Goodall said.
“She’s worked hard and developed her shot over the years and has gotten better and better,” McKee said. “Every year, she has shot the ball better, and we’re thrilled with the development she’s had.”
The Class 4A No. 3 Bull Dogs (14-2) led 17-2 4 1/2 minutes into the game and 25-4 after one quarter. It was 39-4 midway through the second quarter.
“Physically and athletically, they were just superior to us,” Franklin coach Walt Raines said. “The biggest thing that we needed to do was to understand for us to have any prayer, we needed to go out and at least fight them a little bit and be aggressive and go right back at them, and we were kind of playing on our heels the entire first half.”
After leading 49-11 at halftime, North outscored Franklin (9-8) only 25-21 in the second half.
“I was pleased with our second half,” Raines said. “The first half, I felt like we played scared. I’m not saying that North is not better than us because they are, but we could have fought a little bit more in the first half, and we just didn’t. They have a nice ball club and a team that can make a long run in the state tournament.”
McKee removed his starters after the third quarter, and Franklin outscored the Bull Dogs (14-2) 8-5 in the final period.
“I thought early, we did some things fairly well,” McKee said. “For the first half and the early part of the third quarter, we did a lot of good things. Late in the third quarter, we did some new stuff, and I’m not sure how well we did it, and the fourth quarter, we need to be better than that.”
Paige Littrell scored 11 points, and Ali Patberg added 10 points and 12 rebounds for North. Senior guard Kelsey Cunningham took only one shot and did not play in the second half as a precaution from an earlier ankle injury.
North outrebounded the Cubs 49-34. The Bull Dogs went 32 of 65 from the field but only 6 of 13 from the free-throw line.
“If we do that against a good team in a close game, that’s the kind of thing that can cost you the game,” McKee said.
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