Hunsinger had just six points at the half of a game that was a defensive struggle for the first 16 minutes as Class 3A No. 12 Washington (10-1) held a 16-5 halftime lead over Class A No. 6 North Daviess (8-2). At the half, the Lady Cougars were 1-14 from the field and had committed 13 turnovers, stats that ND coach Ron Knepp attributed to some tough Washington defense.
“You’ve got to hand it to Washington. The reason we didn’t score in the first half is their defense is that strong. Defensively, they are a quality basketball team,” said Knepp. “They can flat out get out and defend you, and we can’t replicate that in practice.”
Miles credited the North Daviess defense with her team’s inability to score in the first half.
“That’s a huge credit to Coach Knepp and his players. Their high 2-3 zone just gave us fits. They made us run our offense so high up that we weren’t able to make an entry pass in there,” said Miles. “And then when were able to get shots off we were too worried about maybe getting fouled or not finishing around the basket. They did a tremendous job as soon as that ball went inside, they just completely hovered over it.”
Both teams were able to get untracked in the third quarter, but Washington outscored North Daviess 15-11 to forge a 31-16 lead heading into the fourth quarter. WHS doubled up the Lady Cougars 20-10 in the final eight minutes to secure the victory.
Cheyenne Jones scored 13 points for Washington, followed by six from Carrie Lane off the bench. Audra Stallman scored three points but led the Lady Hatchet rebounding effort with eight boards. Taylor Mallett topped North Daviess with eight points, followed by seven apiece from Meghan Knepp and Sabra Smith. Smith added 11 rebounds for ND.