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Sullivan rallies to beat North Central

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Photo by B.J. HARGIS: North Central's Courtney Williams, right, has to shoot over the outstretched hand of Sullivan's Genevieve Vandergriff during a girls county battle at Sullivan on Tuesday.


North Central controlled the county battle with Sullivan for three quarters, but host Lady Arrows outscored the Ladybirds 34-13 over the final eight minutes, coming away with a 79-69 victory,
Sullivan improved to 12-5 while North Central dropped to 11-5.
“This was a collective effort against a good basketball team,” said Sullivan girls basketball coach Julie Meeks. “We were rattled a little bit in the first half. They were knocking down shots and we could not get anything to drop.
“But I told the girls at halftime to be patient and get the ball inside. Also, were turned up the defense in the fourth quarter. We got
some big steals and turned them into easy baskets.”
North Central dominated the second quarter. They had a 21-7 edge as they led 42-25 at intermission — their largest — as the Ladybirds had made seven 3-pointers.
North Central cooled off in the third quarter, but still had a 56-45 advantage going to the fourth.
Sullivan outscored the Ladybirds 54-27 in the second half. After missing 24 of 32 field goals before halftime, the Lady Arrows made 10 of 15 in the fourth quarter after hitting 10 of 14 in the third.
North Central made 10 turnovers in the fourth quarter and missed its final 12 shots.
“I think our defense had something to do with that,” Meeks said of their halfcourt trap, which allowed them to outscored the visitors 22-2 over the final four minutes.
Averi Davidson (20), Jocelyn Cox (20) and Courtney Williams (19) combined to score 59 points. Brinley Stone had 10 points and 12
rebounds.
Gracie Shorter, who scored 24 of her game-high 32 points in the second half, including 20 in the fourth.
“I had no idea that Gracie had 32 points,” said Meeks. “She was just phenomenal. She is calm and cool in pressure situations. She hit three. 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and was 7 of 8 at the foul line.”
But Meeks said she had a roster of standouts responsible for the win.
“Klaire (Williams) had a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds,” said Meeks. “She is just a freshman and has made big
strides just this season.
“Asia (Povlin) and Brionna (Perkinson) each scored six points in the second half,” said Meeks. “Povlin did a good job on the boards and Brionna had one of her best games, defending and knocking down big shots. We were 16 of 18 at the foul. Delainey had 14 points and was 6 of 6 at the foul line. Genevieve (Vandergriff) came in and made 3 of 4 free throws and got some big rebounds. Deb Smith did a great job of running the point. Avery Wiltermood came in and played good defense.
Nobody cares who scored. They were just happy to get the win.”
Both teams will play the first half of a girls-boys varsity doubleheader on Friday. The Lady Arrows will play at 6 p.m. at West Vigo while North Central will play at Martinsville, Illinois at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

NORTH CENTRAL (69) — Averi Davidson 8 0-1 20, Jocelyn Cox 8 2-2 20, Courtney Williams 6 5-5 19, Brinley Stone 3 2-2 10, Katie Jones 0 0-0 0, Makenzy Haviland 0 0-0 0, Emma Zimmerman 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 9-12 69.
SULLIVAN (79) — Delainey Shorter 4 6-6 14, Brionna Perkinson 3 0-0 6, Avery Wilterwood 0 0-0 0, Genevieve Vandergriff 0 3-4 3, Asia Povlin 3 0-0 6, Deb Smith 0 0-0 0, Gracie Shorter 10 7-8 32, Klaire Williams 9 0-0 18. Totals 29 16-18 79.
North Central           21 21 14 13 — 69
Sullivan                   18  7 20 34 — 79
3-pointers — North Central 10 (Davidson 4, Cox 2,  C. Williams 2, Stone 2), Sullivan 5 (G. Shorter). Fouls — North Central 15, Sullivan 14. Fouled out — C. Williams. Technical foul — Coach Davidson. Rebounds — North Central 34 (Stone 11), Sullivan 36 (K. Williams 12). Assists — North Central 14 (Davidson 4), Sullivan 16 (G. Shorter 5). Steals — North Central 7 (C. Williams 3, Sullivan 10 (G. Shorter 3, Williams 3). Turnovers — North Central 21, Sullivan 16. Blocks — North Central 4 (Stone 2, Sullivan 6 (K. Williams 2, G. Shorter 2). No JV game.


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