News From Terre Haute, Indiana

February 10, 2013

Mooresville zones in on South

Braves fall short in 4A girls basketball sectional title game

Todd Golden
The Tribune-Star


The energy that Mooresville expended to eliminate Terre Haute North during Friday’s Class 4A Terre Haute South Sectional semifinal game played a role in a tactical decision which loomed large in the Pioneers’ 59-46 championship game victory over host South on Saturday.

The Pioneers are primarily a man-to-man team. But after the Patriots wore Mooresville down on Friday, the Pioneers decided to play zone against South on Saturday.

“We were concerned with Terre Haute South’s shooting. I thought they’d been playing and shooting the ball well. We went back-and-forth about what to do. We’re predominantly man-to-man, but we decided to go zone and it worked out well,” Mooresville coach Mark Hurt said.

South made just 15 of 48 from the field – and Mooresville walked away from South as five-time sectional champions.

“We went zone because we felt we wasted a lot of energy last night with a very good Terre Haute North team [Mooresville beat North 52-44 on Friday]. We didn’t think we’d be able to zone Terre Haute South the whole game with the way they shoot the ball. We felt fortunate we were able to zone the whole game,” Hurt said.

For South coach Cara Stuckey and the Braves, it was a frustrating day. Until the game took on a physical tenor late in the second quarter, there were open looks to be had over the Pioneers’ zone … the Braves just didn’t convert them. South missed 13 of its first 16 attempts.

“They’re too good of a team to dig the hole we dug. They got easy looks and they made their easy baskets which we didn’t get from the get-go,” Stuckey said.

Senior Labrea Joyner led South with 17 points. Fellow senior Tasia Brewer added 14. Brett Green paced Mooresville with 16 points.

Stuckey wanted to force Mooresville into turnovers and the Pioneers did commit 18 of them. But South had 20 turnovers which compounded the shooting woes.

Both teams struggled from the field to start. South was 1 of 10 from the field in opening quarter, but offset that by making all six of its foul shots. Mooresville – not shooting much better at 4 of 12 – led 9-8 at the end of the period.

South’s shooting woes would continue into the second quarter, but the Pioneers would get on track by turning defense into offense. Mooresville forced seven South turnovers in the second period and was able to get easier scoring chances.

A 9-0 run in the middle of the second period put the Braves – who started 3 of 16 from field – behind the 8-ball with a 24-13 deficit. South trailed 27-18 at halftime.

South (16-8) could never muster a run needed to get back into the game in the second half. South never had a run of more than two points at a time. That made a Mooresville 6-0 run early in the fourth quarter decisive as the Pioneers built a 48-33 advantage.

South hit some 3-pointers late in the contest, but not enough to affect the outcome.

“We had some layups that was missed. Mooresville is a tough ball club. They know how to win games when the pressure is on the line. That’s a place we want to get our program to, but tonight was their night, so give the credit to them,” Stuckey said.

South said farewell to four seniors – Brewer, Joyner, Abby Shanks and Emily Bell. Stuckey found it hard to accept that these Braves had to call it a season.

“For the senior group, 16 wins was the most that they had in their high school careers. I’m proud of that. The hardest thing about this is knowing I can’t ever practice with them. I can’t say enough good things about them. They’re great teammates and great individuals,” Stuckey said.

Mooresville (18-4) moves on to play in the Decatur Central Regional next Saturday.

TERRE HAUTE SOUTH (46) – Brewer 4-14 4-4 14, Joyner 6-16 2-2 17, Hambrock 1-4 1-4 3, Bell 3-9 0-0 7, Fendrick 1-2 2-2 5, Davis 0-1 0-0 0, Buchanan 0-0 0-0 0, Shanks 0-2 0-0 0, Speth 0-0 0-0 0, Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Callahan 0-0 0-0 0, Higham 0-0 0-0 0. 15-48 FG, 9-12 FT, 46 TP.

MOORESVILLE (59) – Cavanaugh 3-6 1-2 7, Fisher 3-6 3-4 9, McFarland 2-5 2-2 7, Green 7-15 1-2 16, Corbin 4-7 2-4 10, McBryar 2-7 4-5 10, Wittell 0-0 0-0 0, Hreno 0-0 0-0 0, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Porter 0-0 0-0 0. 21-46 FG, 13-19 FT, 59 TP.

Terre Haute South 8  10  13  15 -- 46

Mooresville            9  18  15  17 -- 59

3-point goals – THS 7-20 (Joyner 3-6, Brewer 2-5, Bell 1-5, Fendrick 1-2, Shanks 0-2), M 4-14 (McBrayer 2-7, McFarland 1-2, Green 1-2, Cavanaugh 0-1, Fisher 0-1, Corbin 0-1). Rebounds – THS 30 (Bell 7, Joyner 6, Brewer 4, Hambrock 4, Team 4, Fendrick 2, Davis 2, Buchanan), M 31 (Cavanaugh 9, Green 6, Corbin 6, Fisher 5, Team 3, McBryar 2), Steals – THS 9 (Fendrick 3, Brewer 2, Hambrock 2, Bell 2), M 15 (Corbin 5, Cavanaugh 2, Fisher 2, McFarland 2, McBryar 2, Green, Wittell), Blocks – THS 3 (Brewer 2, Bell), M 0, Turnovers – THS 20, M 18, Total fouls – THS 18, M 10. Fouled out – Fendrick.

Next –Mooresville (18-4) plays Connersville or Anderson at 10 a.m. next Saturday in the Decatur Central Regional. TH South finished its season 16-8.