The Edmond Sun

December 21, 2012

North girls top Memorial in defensive contest

Bryan Trude
Special to The Sun

EDMOND — Offense was at a premium in Edmond North High School’s Siberian Gym Thursday night when the Lady Huskies took on the Lady Bulldogs of Edmond Memorial. In the end, it was North who would emerge victorious in a defensive slugfest, earning their third win of the season, 38-33.

“We’ve been in some pretty close games, we were in against P.C. North for three overtimes and lost, and we lost to Mustang by three the other night,” said Karlie Free, Lady Huskies head coach. “We have just been working toward this kind of win, and we finally put it all together tonight.”

The Lady Bulldogs (5-3) were the dominant team early in the contest, leading 10-6 after one and 18-15 at the half behind shooting from Jenny Roy and Andee Decker, who led the Memorial offense with 12 and 10 points in scoring.

However, North (3-6) came out in the third quarter and held the Lady Bulldogs to just two points in the period as their own shooters came alive. Led by the shooting of Jhordyn Patton — the only North player to score in double digits with 10 — seven Lady Huskies contributed as a combination of spread-out offensive production and defensive pressure in the paint allowed North to convert that into a five-point lead by the end of the third, a lead they never relinquished.

“We talked about continuing our defensive intensity and outworking them on rebounds,” Free said. “They were going to hit a couple shots, and we were fortunate that they came out and missed a few, but I told them we needed to come out and continue the hard work and sound defensive principles that I’ve been teaching.”

For North, Caroline Rykard also contributed six points and five defensive boards, while Carson Holland drained four from the field and three from the foul line.

For Memorial, Kaleigh Troxell put in five points and Kasey Decker hit a single three.

The Lady Huskies will now be off until Jan. 4, when they travel to Stillwater to take on the Lady Pioneers. Memorial also will return to the court Jan. 4, when they travel south to Norman to face the Lady Timberwolves of Norman North.