FARMERSBURG –– On the road against a conference opponent, Ron Knepp wanted his team to take care of business quickly, and that’s exactly what he got.
The North Daviess girls basketball team (7-1, 2-0 Southwestern Indiana) defeated North Central (2-7, 0-3 SWIAC) 48-26 Tuesday evening behind 26 points from junior Meghan Knepp for its second consecutive victory.
The Cougars ran out to a 20-point halftime lead, while allowing only four first half points to the Thunderbirds, with two points in each of the first two quarters.
“Our pressure met them at half court, and defensively we turned up the pressure on them,” Ron Knepp said. “They’re (North Central) a young team, and we’re a little older, a little stronger, and we were very aggressive on the defensive end.”
In the third quarter, North Daviess continued its dominance by winning the third quarter 17-8 to push the lead to 41-12 entering the final quarter. The Thunderbirds notched its first double digit quarter of the night with a 14-8 advantage in the fourth, but it hardly mattered.
After starting the season on a five-game wining streak, North Daviess suffered its first at the hands of the Washington Nov. 29. Ron Knepp said since that game, the Cougars have learned from its mistakes. North Daviess has won its last two games on the road against Eminence and North Central by a combined score of 108-39. Ron Knepp said he preaches the team that each road game is an opportunity take care of its business.
“We feel like we need to take care of our business on the road,” Ron Knepp said. “If we play well, we can play in ball games with anyone. We have to take care of our business, and you want to do that especially in a conference game. You want to come out and set the tone early, and if we do that defensively, typically we’re pretty active offensively.”
In addition to Meghan Knepp’s 26 points, the Cougars got nine points from Sabra Smith and six points from freshman Sarah Fitzgerald. Ron Knepp said each game one of the goals offensively is to get as many players involved as possible.
“We’re starting to see other people come up with six, seven, eight points, and that is very nice to see,” Ron Knepp said. “With it being November and December, if anything is going to lag behind it will be the offense. It’s going to take a little while longer to get that offense clicking the way it should. I got to hand it to the girls, they have all been working very hard, and very diligently to be ready to take the shot.”
North Daviess will travel to Kavanaugh Kourt Thursday evening to take on the 5-0 Barr-Reeve Lady Vikings, a matchup that will tell Ron Knepp a little more about his team.
“We’ll get a lot of pressure put on us tomorrow night, which I’m very eager to see how we respond to that,” Ron Knepp said. “That’s something we have been working on, and hopefully we’ll respond well.”
--- From Staff Reports
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