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LOUISVILLE — Class 4A No. 5-ranked Columbus North proved that Indiana produces some great girls basketball teams as the Bull Dogs hammered Anderson County, Kentucky’s preseason No. 1-ranked squad, 62-42.

The Bull Dogs (6-1) got off to a hot start and never let up. They led the game from wire-to-wire.

North built a 16-6 lead after the first eight minutes and maintained that intensity throughout the game. On the defensive end, senior Tayler Goodall and junior Ali Patberg were given the task to contain Anderson County’s top players in Eriel McKee and Makenzie Cann, who has committed to play at the University of Cincinnati.

Goodall had some familiarity with McKee when both of them played in the Indiana-Kentucky Junior All-Star Games over the summer.

Goodall limited McKee to 11 points.

“She is a real good player,” Goodall said. “I had to just stay ahead of her and not foul.”

“Tayler isn’t afraid to tackle those challenges,” North coach Pat McKee said. “She often says she wants to guard the best player, and she stepped up to the plate and did a terrific job.”

When asked about how things went offensively, Goodall said the team was focused throughout.

“We came out there with a lot of energy tonight,” Goodall said. “Our team played great tonight.”

Even though Patberg led all scorers with 26 points, she echoed Goodall’s remarks about great teamwork.

“It’s a team game,” Patberg said. “Even though I played good out there tonight, my teammates played great.”

Patberg went further into discussing the team’s great chemistry it displayed in the showcase game.

“From the beginning, the chemistry felt right,” Patberg said. “We made great passes and maintained good game flow.”

Up 38-18 at halftime, the Bull Dogs kept the intensity up by starting off on a 5-0 run to start the third quarter. Anderson County (6-1) never came within reach after that as it had no answers in stopping the Bull Dogs’ offensive attack. North kept driving to the basket and hitting the mid-range jump shots.

McKee was proud of the focus and intensity his team showed and gave all the credit to the team.

“The team did a terrific job,” McKee said. “They deserved this win as they all stepped up to the plate, even our bench players.”

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