COLUMBUS North left little doubt it was the super-ior team against visiting Shelbyville on Tuesday night, and guard Tayler Goodall helped the Bull Dogs make that statement.
Goodall scored nine points in the Bull Dogs’ 13-0 run to start the game and North pulled away from there to a 71-22 victory.
After just one quarter, the powerful Bull Dogs had a 32-5 advantage and there was no doubt about the outcome.
That was quite different than North’s comeback victory against Franklin Central last Friday.
Goodall finished with 16 points as North raised its season record to 3-0.
The Bull Dogs forced early turnovers that led to the 13-0 run. Shelbyville managed only five points in the first quarter as they struggled with North’s full-court press.
North nearly held Shelbyville scoreless in the second quarter, except for a last-second basket by Jacqueline Lux for the Golden Bears. North went into halftime up 45-7.
Bull Dogs’ head coach Pat McKee emphasized the focus that his team displayed in the first quarter, saying his team played “hard, smart and together.”
“We did really well in the early stages of the game, doing a lot of great things,” McKee said. “In the middle stages of the game, we could be better. The beauty is we got a lot of kids in the game for varsity experience, a couple of them for the first time ever. “We feel good about the overall effort.”
Although Shelbyville added 17 points in the third quarter, North responded with 18 to maintain its 40-point lead into the fourth. North rested its starters most of the final quarter, allowing for some valuable experience for bench players. Macy Wingham, Elle Williams, Debie Gedeon and Paige Littrell each had two points off the bench in the fourth as North coasted to its victory.
Shelbyville guard Riley Achenbach knocked down two three-pointers in the third quarter as she led the Golden Bears with eight points. Jacqueline Lux added four points, followed by Abey Bass with three.
Hanna Ballard joined Goodall to lead North with 16 points. Starting Bull Dogs point guard Ali Patberg added 13 points, while Paige Littrell had six points off the bench. North starting guard Kelsey Cunningham added five points and was three for four from the line.
McKee said that his team must stay focused and take its momentum into Saturday’s match-up, where the Bull Dogs will play undefeated powerhouse Lawrence North.
“They are an outstanding team, and we better be ready to play,” McKee said. “Some of the mistakes we made tonight, if we make them on Saturday we will pay.
“We have to be better than we were tonight and better than we were on Friday night. If we focus like we did in the first five or six minutes of this game for an extended amount of time, that’s a really good thing.”
The game will be played Saturday at North, with JV starting at 1 p.m. and varsity immediately afterward.