Bull Dogs equal school record in victory against Terre Haute South

Columbus North didn’t set out to break a school record Saturday afternoon, but as it turned out, they ended up tying a standard that has stood for nearly a half century.

In their 66-12 Conference Indiana victory against Terre Haute North, the Bull Dogs equaled the school record for fewest points allowed in a game. They matched the 1974-75 team’s 79-12 win against Hauser.

“We knew they were a little bit down, so our goal was really to make sure that we were disciplined defensively and that we executed on the offensive end,” North coach Brett White said. “We had moments where we did both. We didn’t shoot it as well today from the perimeter as what I’d like. But overall, we accomplished what we wanted to today.”

The Bull Dogs (6-2, 2-0) led 39-0 before the Braves (0-8, 0-1) got on the board with a minute left in the first half. It was 41-2 at halftime, and the second half was played with a running clock.

North forced 22 turnovers in the first half and 32 for the game.

“I think we started really good, and that kind of set the whole game for us,” said senior center Andrea Justis, who scored all 10 of her points in the first half. “We knew we were the better team, so we just went out and executed.”

Lauren Barker led the Bull Dogs with 11 points, and Kathryn Wilson added 10. All 12 players who dressed for North got into the scoring column.

“Anytime we can get extra experience for girls who don’t get major minutes, that is a positive, and anytime they can put the ball in the basket, that’s even better,” White said.

It was a plus for the Bull Dogs, who are missing starting point guard Emma Long because of a broken elbow, and backup center Kennedy Horn, who is recovering from a concussion, especially since they have games against two-time defending sectional champion East Central, ranked Columbus East and Jennings County teams and perennial power Carmel coming up before Christmas.

“We have a pretty tough schedule coming up in the next few weeks, so we’re looking forward to that and practicing to see if we can get better,” Justis said.