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January 31, 2013

Huskies stun No. 4 RCB, 64-55

Bees win again; Bears fall to No. 2 Indians

FAIRMONT — It all came together for North Marion’s girls’ basketball team on Wednesday night.

Thanks to defense and plenty of long-range shooting, the Huskies built a big halftime lead en route to a 64-55 upset win over Robert C. Byrd at the Husky Den in Rachel.

The Eagles, No. 4 in this week’s AP Class AA girls’ poll, came into the game as winners of four in a row and 10 of 11 overall.

“We played good defense, kept ball out of the paint and hit some big shots,” North Marion coach Mike Parrish said. “Defense was a big key for us. It was a good game.”

You can say that again. And it was all North in the early going as the Huskies nabbed a 20-15 after one period and stretched it out to 13 points, 33-20, by halftime. Little changed in the third, as North took that same 13-point cushion (51-38) into the final period.

RCB (12-4) only got as close as nine points in the fourth, but even that comeback attempt was thwarted when Audia Bartlett got a key steal to help put things on ice.

But this wasn’t just steals. North attacked in the backcourt and battled the Eagles inside, and was a big reason how it put the clamps on all-stater Alicia Noble.

Sarah Barksdale paced RCB with 16 points.

On the other end of the floor, North had another huge game behind the arc as the Huskies hit 12 3-pointers on Wednesday.

Bartlett hit five treys and finished with 19 points, while Megan Haller netted three 3-pointers and had a game-best 20 points.

Mackensy Hess added eight points for North, and Anna Moscufo had seven and Cassady Rodriguez six.

“We have to keep it going,” Parrish said of his team’s success from three. “We’ve worked on our shooting and when you have the chance you have to hit them. We’ve been doing a better job of that the last few games.”

North (10-4), winners of five in a row, visits Philip Barbour on Friday.

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