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Cloverdale pulls away from North Central

By Times Staff
Photo by B.J. HARGIS: The North Central High School girls basketball coach staff includes, from left, head coach Joey Davidson, assistant coach Angel Davidson, JV coach Luke McPhail and volunteer assistant Randy Williams.

On a night where North Central forward Rachel Shroyer scored 18 points to go over 1,000 points in her career, Cloverdale pulled away from the visiting Ladybirds for a 89-56 victory on Tuesday night.
It was the third straight win to begin the season for the Lady Clovers. North Central dropped to 1-1.
“I was happy to see Rachel go over 1,000 points,” said North Central coach Joey Davidson. “I am so happy for her.
“We were up 31-30 with two minutes left in the first half, but Cloverdale went on a 8-2 run and led 38-33. We played a good half.”
Tori Combs scored 28 points and grabbed 20 rebounds to pace the Clovers, while Sammie Shrum had 25 points and 10 rebounds and Hailey Thomas and Arianna McCracken each added 13 points.
“They hit boards hard. They are a very good team, very good,” said Davidson. “They are well-coached.
“They got hot in the second half and we were not. This was a learning experience for us.”
Cloverdale coach Matthew Langdon said this was a good win for us.
“North Central has two really talented freshmen. A lot of credit goes to them, and they play a really upbeat style of game,” said Langdon.
“Our girls did a great job of adjusting when we tried to slow it down,” he added. “From talking to their coach before the game, we thought it was going to be the first team to 80 would win. Arianna McCracken did a great job on their point guard and played a great game.”
Langdon also thought that Combs and Shrum did a great job on the inside.
“They were beasts, and did a great job of driving to the basket,” he said. “They both had double-doubles and combined for 53 points. Hailey Thomas hit some threes for us, and we put Abby Walker on their shooter and she did a great job on defense.”
Thomas also had eight rebounds, eight assists and five steals, while Shrum had five assists and Lakkain Price had three steals.
Also for North Central, Jocelyn Cox and Courtney Williams each scored 11 points.
“We need to work together more,” said Davidson. “Cox had a good game.”
North Central will play at South Vermillion tonight.
NOTES: When Averi Davidson made seven 3-pointers in a 71-69 win at South Knox on Nov. 4 to open the season, at first it was believed to be a school record. But it turned out that it just tied the record.
Katie Brown made seven treys and scored 23 points in a 52-48 loss to Shakamak in overtime on Dec. 4, 2014 at Farmersburg.

Joey Bennett of the Banner-Graphic contributed to this story.

NORTH CENTRAL (56) — Karina Valentine 3 1-2 7, Averi Davidson 3 0-0 8, Jocelyn Cox 5 0-3 11, Courtney Williams 4 2-2 11, Emma Baker 0 0-0 0, Rachel Shroyer 7 4-6 18, Brinley Stone 0 1-2 1. Totals 22 8-15 56.
CLOVERDALE (89) — McCracken 5-8 0-2 13, Shrum 11-19 3-6 25, Wade 0-3 2-2 2, Walker 1-15 1-2 4, Couch 0-1 0-0 0. Combs 13-17 2-3 28, Thomas 5-12 0-0 13, Shoemaker 1-1 0-0 2, Price 1-4 0-0 2, Shedron 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 37-71 8-15 89.
North Central                   19 14 12 11 — 56
Cloverdale                      17 21 30 21 — 89
3-pointers — North Central 4 (Davidson 2, Cox, Williams), Cloverdale 7-24 (McCracken 3-3, Wade 0-1, Walker 1-14, Thomas 3-6).

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