CAYUGA, Ind. – Hot shooting from beyond the arc by Lafayette Central Catholic and unforced turnovers by Attica, both in the first half, helped the Knights oust the Red Ramblers from girls’ basketball Sectional 53 by the score of 86-76.
In the second game, Turkey Run trailed 13-2 after one quarter but came back to defeat host North Vermillion 37-30.
In the evening opener, the Knights jumped out to a 9-3, but Kaylynn Kirkpatrick answered with a trey and Ashley Mitton added a putback to pull the Ramblers within one at 9-8.
Central Catholic then took advantage of some hurried shots and unforced Attica turnovers to go on a 14-7 run to lead 23-15 after one quarter.
Nine of the points in that period came from 3-point shots and the Knights would hit three more in the second quarter en route to their largest lead of the game at 37-20.
Attica came back with baskets by Minton and Maci Kyger to cut the margin to 46-33 at halftime.
“I think everybody thought we’d get blown out in the second half after the way they shot in early in the game,” said Attica coach Matt Harmeson. “But we knew they usually tired – they aren’t very deep – so if we pressured them, we’d get our chances – and we did.”
In the third quarter, Attica began to cut into the Central Catholic lead as Minton scored eight points, Kyger six, Kaley Sosnowski three and Karrah Pattengale four.
The Ramblers got as close as 56-53, with two minutes left in the period, but the comeback may have tired them and they left a couple of shots short before falling back 57-53 by quarter’s end.
“We got as close as three and had some opportunities,” said Harmeson, “but we just couldn’t capitalize on them. Then they started making free throws to for the win.”