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January 4, 2014

Lawrence North puts hurt on TH South

INDIANAPOLIS — Nights like Friday are why the Terre Haute schools are not likely shedding any tears about leaving the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference.

Terre Haute South, fresh off its Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic championship Monday, got an (un-)welcome back to MIC action at Lawrence North.

The athletic Wildcats jumped South passes lanes with ease and knocked the Braves out of any kind of comfort zone. Given the flood of turnovers, the result was predictable, an easy 75-41 victory for the host team.

“We were extremely sloppy,” South coach Scott Ridge said. “We were lethargic all the way around.”

Connor Shipley and Spence Tofaute — who sat out the first half due to a team rule violation — led South (6-3, 0-1) with eight points. LaMarkis Stevens added six. Pat Bacon paced Lawrence North with 13 points.

A week that began with South’s first Pizza Hut Classic championship in six years ended with disappointment. In a way, the Classic worked against South (6-3, 0-1) as far as its preparation for Lawrence North was concerned as the Braves haven’t had a practice all week. Thursday’s practice was canceled due to weather concerns.

“We haven’t had any practice. We took a couple of days off after the Classic and then we lost Thursday due to weather. We haven’t practiced since the 24th [of December] and that was just a shootaround. It showed today,” Ridge said.

Per usual, Lawrence North had a starting five of players who are likely destined for NCAA Division I futures and that were transfers from other high schools. It’s a tough ask for the Braves to compete.

“They look like a JUCO team when you walk in. They go 6-foot-8, their elbows are touching the rim. It’s hard to compete with, but if we had played a more solid game, we’d have done better,” Ridge said.

Lawrence North (5-3, 1-1) wrested control of the game from the start, but a particularly frustrating stretch for the Braves occurred late in the opening quarter. In the midst of a 13-0 run, Lawrence North scored four consecutive buckets on steals and run-outs when the quick Wildcats jumped Braves’ passes that didn’t have enough urgency.

South had 11 turnovers in the first half … all via Lawrence North steals. The Wildcats would finish with 17 steals on 18 South turnovers.

South played competitively in the third quarter — LN won the quarter 18-15 — but by then it was too late.

When South gave itself a chance in its half-court offense, shots didn’t fall. South was 17 of 47 from the field. Lawrence North had five blocked shots.

It doesn’t get any easier for South. It continues MIC play tonight as it hosts two-time defending 4A state champion Carmel.

Ridge thinks playing against a team of Lawrence North’s caliber can only help against the Greyhounds.

“Against a team that good, you can’t get away with mistakes. They get magnified,” Ridge said. “Against the JV team [in practice], you can get away with that stuff. Against these guys, you can see your mistakes and get better for the tournament.”

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Put your back into it: Indiana State's Jake Odum guards Loyola's Matt O'Leary in the second half of action during the the Sycamores' 75-62 win on Friday in the MVC Tournament in St. Louis.

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