With six minutes left in the fourth quarter and her team down 38-27 in its first Conference Indiana game, sophomore Ali Patberg had one thing on her mind.
And that she did, as North pulled out a 43-42 victory against Franklin Central on Friday night at Columbus North High School.
Out for most of the third quarter with four fouls, Patberg came back with a vengeance. The point guard scored nine straight points for the Bull Dogs, pulling them to within two points of Franklin Central with two minutes to go.
Franklin Central’s Abbey Titzer then hit a free throw to put the Flashes up 39-36 before Patberg drove down the lane again for North, got fouled and hit both of her free throws to bring the score to 39-38 with 16 seconds on the clock.
North junior guard Tayler Goodall, who had been struggling with shots throughout the night, then delivered big for the Bull Dogs. North rebounded on an attempt from Franklin Central and quickly moved it up the floor. An outside pass to an open Goodall behind the line brought the crowd to its feet. She didn’t hesitate, watching the ball slide through the net as North took its first lead of the game, 41-39.
Patberg added two free throws, and Franklin Central could only manage one more basket, a 3-pointer.
“It felt great,” Goodall said. “I practice a lot of those shots and I was struggling with my shots throughout the game so I was determined to come through.”
“I told my team that we were just going win,” Patberg said. “We were going to do whatever it took to win. For three quarters we didn’t play with that heart and that want, and we learned that to win a game you need to play all four quarters. It was a lesson learned for all of us.”
The game was a defensive battle overall, with North scoring just 14 points in the first half. Down 20-14 at halftime, the Bull Dogs continued to struggle with fouls throughout the third and headed into the fourth quarter down five with Patberg and point guard Kelsey Cunningham both at four fouls.
Patberg led the Bulldogs with 25 points and 11 for 13 from the line, followed by Goodall with nine points and Hannah Poindexter with four.
“We are fortunate to win this game,” North head coach Pat McKee said. “Franklin Central came out with a plan and executed very well.”
North to play at Bankers Life
North’s Dec. 8 girls game against Greenwood has been moved to Bankers Life Fieldhouse as part of the inaugural Hoosier Invitational.
The game will be the last of five Dec. 8 and will begin around 8:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $10 and are available at the participating schools’ athletics departments.
The Lapel and Ritter girls will kick off the invitational at 2 p.m. That will be followed by three boys games — Frankfort vs. Delphi at around 3:30 p.m., Danville vs. Cascade at around 5:15 p.m. and Mt. Vernon vs. New Castle at around 7 p.m.
Waldron holds off Hauser
HOPE — In a ragged game that featured nearly four dozen fouls, two dozen alternate possession calls and perhaps more physical contact than the nearby high school semi-state football battle, it was the finesse game of Hauser’s varsity girls hoops contest that enabled Waldron to escape with a 54-49 victory.
The Jets missed numerous inside shots and connected on just 13 of 34 free-throw attempts in suffering their third straight loss. The hosts battled toe-to-toe with the more experienced Mohawks through three quarters, trailing just 37-34, but ran out of steam at the offensive end in the final frame as they managed to sink just six of 17 charity tosses.
“I feel the difference was definitely at the free-throw line,” said Hauser coach Scott Seiple. “But we also didn’t play well in some other areas as well.”
Eastern Greene stops Trinity
The Trinity Lutheran and Eastern Greene girls basketball teams struggled at the line, but the Thunderbirds managed to return home with a 46-39 win.
The Cougars finished the game 23 of 39, while the Thunderbirds were 17 of 33.
“This was a very disappointing loss tonight,” Cougars coach Mike Lang said. “That is stuff we talk about in practice, about free throws. We take time every day in practice and shoot free throws. Until you take a serious approach to the game, these are the results you are going to get.”
It was a struggle for the Cougars to get anything going in the first quarter, as they fell behind 13-9. In the second quarter, they pulled within one point on two different occasions. But the Thunderbirds strung together four points to increase their lead to 21-16.
Edgewood tops Brown County
ELLETTSVILLE — The Edgewood and Brown County girls basketball teams struggled through a defensive battle, with Edgewood coming out on top 36-25.
Brown County endured a rough first half, heading into halftime down 20-9, a deficit they could not overcome despite outscoring Edgewood 8-4 in the fourth.
Whitney Williamson led scoring for Brown County with nine points, followed by Sasha Robinson with six and Emily Brady with three.
Vanessa Brown led scoring for Edgewood with 21 points, going 10 for 13 from the line.
Columbus Christian gets win
INDIANAPOLIS — Tori Robinson scored 13 points and had 13 rebounds to help Columbus Christian even its record with a 32-18 win over Southside Christian on Friday.
Robinson also had 11 steals. Rachel Warren added eight points and 12 rebounds.
Columbus Christian wins opener
INDIANAPOLIS — The Columbus Christian boys basketball team won its season opener 87-49 over host Southside Christian as Dalane Shaull led the way with 25 points.
Josh Miracle added 13 for the Crusaders while Austin Martin had eight.