Harrison Central boys use strong second quarter to get by Tigers

CADIZ — Harrison Central was sitting pretty at halftime.

After trailing 11-10 against visiting Shadyside after one quarter, the Huskies erupted on a 20-0 run to start the second and outscored the visitors 22-2 in the frame.

A lesser team may have tucked its tail in the lockerroom and phoned in the second half. But not the Tigers.

Shadyside made a run of it, trimming the lead to seven but was never able to overcome the early barrage as the Huskies held on for a 56-43 victory Friday night in Cadiz.

To further exemplify how uncharacteristic a quarter Shadyside (4-3) played, take a look at these numbers.

  • In the second, the Tigers attempted only three shots, hitting one on a Ryan Richardson lay-in with 52 ticks showing.
  • They had 12 turnovers in the second, 17 for the first half. The Tigers only attempted 14 first-half shots.
  • Counting the first quarter, Harrison scored 24 points, leaving the Tigers scoreless for nearly 10 minutes of play.

“We can’t do that against a good team,” lamented Shadyside coach Ed Andes. “They turned it up and we turned it down.

“It started at the end of the first quarter. Our vision was poor and we made many, many unforced turnovers.”

Things began to pick up for the home team when senior point guard Fletcher Watt lept up and found his way onto the court roughly 3 minutes in. His six first-quarter points helped Harrison pull within one.

The next domino to fall into place came when Shadyside sophomore Austin Dorris picked up his third foul early in the second. The Tigers’ tallest player, the lack of Dorris inside allowed Rashean Mitchell and Nick Pelegreen to flourish. Midway through the run, Mitchell scored on three successive trips down the court, the last on a tip off a Pelegreen miss.

Defensively, the Huskies cranked up the pressure, making Shadyside work to get across the timeline and trapping the ball once the Tigers did so.

“That’s a work in progress,” Harrison Central coach Justin Clifford said. “We try to break it out when we needed it and it helped us get out of our funk.”

Harrison led by as man as 22 before the funk made a temporary return appearance in the third quarter as Shadyside began to slowly chip away at the lead.

Back in the game, Dorris scored six of his 11 during the third quarter.

A 9-0 Tigers run in the fourth cut the deficit to 47-40, but the visitors were never able to get closer.

“That’s something we still have to learn as a team,” Clifford said. “We need to learn how to finish teams off.”

Watt turned in another fine performance, dropping in a game-high 20 points while collecting six rebounds. Pelegreen backed his effort with 14 and seven while Mitchell had 10 points, five boards and three blocks.

Richardson led the Tigers with 14 points to go with Dorris’ 11.

Harrison doubled up with a win in the junior varsity contest, pulling away for a 51-36 triumph.

SHADYSIDE (43) – Nardo 0 0-0 0; Brooks 3 0-0 6; Richardson 5 2-2 14; Dorris 3 5-5 11; Gibson 2 0-0 5; Stupak 1 2-2 4; Frizzi 1 0-0 3; Totals: 15-38 9-9 43.

HARRISON CENTRAL (56) – K.Mitchell 0 0-0 0; Kowalski 3 0-0 8; Evans 0 0-0 0; R.Mitchell 5 0-0 10; Pelegreen 6 2-2 14; Watt 8 4-4 20; Olmstead 2 0-0 4; Rutter 0-0 0-0 0; Reddish 0-0 0-0 0; Yoho 0-0 0-0 0; Totals: 24-56 6-6 56.

Three-point Goals: Richardson (2), Gibson, Frizzi. Kowalski (2).

Hughes may be reached at mhughes@timesleaderonline.com