North Vermillion entered Saturday night’s Sectional 53 girls basketball championship game ranked one spot behind Riverton Parke and looking to snap a 1-1 tie between the two teams for the season.

Trailing 14-9 after one period, the Falcons rode the sharp shooting of senior guard Taylor Turchi and the interior defense and rebounding of classmate Darby Martin to dominate the rest of the game and cruise to an easier-than-anticipated 47-33 win.

The Falcons will now make the long trek to Tri-Central that the Panthers have made regularly in recent years for regional competition, meeting Southern Wells on Saturday.

Makenzie Pollard helped the Panthers off to their great start by scoring seven first-quarter points, while two of Turchi’s five 3-pointers on the night helped keep her team close.

From that point on, however, Riverton Parke would be held to single digits in each of the final three quarters and shot just 5-24 over that stretch.

“We did a good job on Sara Dickey,” Terry Naylor, NV’s exhausted head coach, said afterwards. “Taylor did a good job and had a lot of help behind her.”

The Falcons limited RP’s Evansville-bound senior star to just eight points on the night.

Turchi hit two more treys in the second period as NV cut its deficit to 22-19 at the intermission.

The third period was all Falcons, however, as a 16-4 outburst broke the game open for good.

The Falcons got eight points from senior Kylee Karr, including the first six of the half. North Vermillion took its first lead at 24-22 on a Karr 3-point play with 6:47 left in the third period, and after a Dickey basket tied it the Falcons dominated the rest of the quarter by an 11-2 margin and led 35-26 entering the fourth quarter.

NV scored the first eight points of the final period to eliminate any prospects of an RP comeback, and the celebration then started getting warmed up.

“We knew we had some mismatches we could take advantage of,” Naylor said. “Our girls just did a great job of taking care of the ball and not making bad decisions.

“I’ve got some smart girls, and they do everything I say,” he added.

Turchi led all scorers with 19 points, while Karr added 12 and Martin and freshman Kinsey West each added eight.

Martin had nine rebounds and controlled the inside.

Pollard paced Riverton Parke with nine points, while Dickey and Kori Wood each had eight.

The Panthers finished the night shooting just 28 percent from the field, while North Vermillion shot at a .500 clip.

• All-tourney team — Turchi, Martin and Karr were named to the all-tourney first team along with Dickey and Paige Yando.

Named to the second team were Pollard of Riverton Parke, Jenifer Lee of Rockville and Ashley Mitton, Kaylynn Kirkpatrick and Maci Kyger of Attica.

 

NORTH VERMILLION (47) — Martin 2-7 4-5 8, Kinneer 0-3 0-2 0, Karr 5-6 2-3 12, West 1-1 6-6 8, Turchi 6-9 2-4 19, Grubbs 0-1 0-0 0, Bowman 0-0 0-0 0, Benskin 0-0 0-0 0, Lewis 0-1 0-0 0, Grube 0-0 0-0 0, Vicars 0-0 0-0 0, Harvey 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 14-28 FG, 14-20 FT, 47 TP

RIVERTON PARKE (33) — Pollard 4-8 0-0 9, Austin 0-2 0-0 0, Yando 0-5 3-4 3, Wood 3-5 2-3 8, Dickey 2-9 0-2 4, Bennell 0-0 0-0 0, E.Virostko 1-5 1-1 3, Combs 0-2 0-0 0, Organ 0-0 2-2 2, Higgins 0-0 0-0 0, Dressler 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 10-35 FG, 10-11 FT, 33 TP

North Vermillion    9    10    16    12    —    47

Riverton Parke    14    8    4    7    —    33

3-point shooting — NV 5-7 (Turchi 5-6, Karr 0-1), RP 3-13 (Pollard 1-3, Yando 0-3, Wood 2-3, Dickey 0-2, E.Virostko 0-2). Turnovers — NV 12, RP 14. FG Pct. — NV .500, RP .285.

Next — North Vermillion (23-2) plays Southern Wells in the Tri-Central Regional on Saturday. Riverton Parke ended its season at 19-4.

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