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Girls basketball: Lawrence North defense shows no mercy

Giants can't handle LN's pressure, turn it over 38 times

12:00 AM, Nov. 30, 2012 EST

Lawrence North's press overwhelmed Ben Davis.

The Wildcats forced 38 turnovers in a 78-29 win at home Thursday night.

IUPUI recruit Mikale Rogers had 17 points and seven rebounds. Ana Owens had 14 points, seven assists and six steals, Lamina Cooper had 14 points and six steals, and Destiny Washington had 12 points and six rebounds for the Wildcats (3-1).

The Wildcats forced 24 of the turnovers in the first half.

"That's kind of been what we've been this year, and that's kind of what we're going to be," Lawrence North coach Chris Giffin said. "We're not going to surprise many people in terms of what we're doing X's and O's wise. What we are going to do is we're going to bring it. We're going to bring energy, we're going to bring some physicality and . . . we're going to try and pressure you the entire length of the floor in a variety of ways."

Lawrence North shot just 36 percent from the field but took 42 more shots than the Giants because of the turnovers.

Briana Fox led Ben Davis with eight points and Tyreale Golden had six. The Giants (1-3) made just 7-of-33 field goals, producing more turnovers than shots.

The Wildcats led 21-6 at the end of the first quarter, then didn't allow another field goal until the final minute of the first half. A pair of free throws by Cooper made it 41-8, and her jumper at the buzzer made it 51-17 at the break.

Owens, a junior point guard, had seven assists and no turnovers at halftime. Giffin said that's the kind of performance she needed after struggling in a 64-62 loss to Columbus North last Saturday. She finished the game without a turnover after committing 14 in her first three games.

"She needed that," Giffin said. "She's a girl that has as much physical talent as anyone I've seen. What Ana has lacked thus far is an understanding of how to get her teammates involved and make them better. Tonight was her doing just that. She played as good a game as she's played."

Rogers continued to shine. She entered the game averaging 13 points and 7.3 rebounds.

"Mikale's really going to be our anchor inside," Giffin said. "She's going to be that person for us all year that we're going to run our offense through all year. She knows that, and she's taken on that responsibility."



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