Thrasher’s Fourth-Period Burst Powers NS to Win
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By Marlana Smith
The Lady Raiders took down No. 5 seed Cairo to claim third place in the La Plata Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 6, 52-33.
Natalie Thrasher led NS with 20 points. She had six 3s.
Thrasher dominated the fourth period when she scored four of her six 3s in three minutes. NS scored 23 points to finish out the game.
“Natalie decided she was going to get hot and I said that’s fine. If you’re going to get hot, I will take it,” said North Shelby head coach Landon Daniel.
“Coming away with a third-place plaque is a good finish for them,” said Daniel.
Cairo took the first lead just a minute into the game. That would be the Lady Bearcats only lead of the game. Ending the first quarter, NS (14-4) led 10-7.
North Shelby’s Caroline Linberger scored four of those. Linberger contributed 12 points in the game.
Lilly Cook got things going in the second period for NS after draining a 3-pointer. Thrasher followed. NS took a 16-7 lead.
Ava Williams finished things off for the Lady Raiders after scoring the last four points of the half. Williams scored 10 points against Cairo. NS led 27-10.
North Shelby had a quiet third quarter as they only scored two points.
Lady Raiders vs. Green City
North Shelby defeated No. 7 seed Green City in the first round 61-33 Tuesday, Feb. 2.
The Lady Raiders, who were seeded No. 2, scored 16 points in the first quarter. Williams contributed eight of the points. Williams had 13 points in the game. Cook tallied 11.
North Shelby outscored the Gophers 20-4 in the second period.
The Lady Raiders were 10 for 13 from the free throw line. Williams went 3 for 4 from the line.
NS vs. Schuyler County
Due to weather, the Lady Raiders played No. 3 seed Schuyler County on Friday, Feb. 5 instead of the scheduled Thursday game.
The Lady Rams defeated NS 61-33.
Williams tallied 10 in the game.
“We just didn’t show up mentally. We weren’t ready to play,” said Daniel. “That’s on me as a coach.
“I didn’t have them where they were supposed to be. I didn’t make very good adjustments and didn’t have very good body language and energy and that translated into the team not having that kind of stuff.”