Josie vs ME

Northview Academy sophomore Josie Horner prepares to go up for a bucket in the Lady Cougars’ home loss to the Lady Canes on Tuesday night.

KODAK — Northview Academy couldn’t run Morristown East off the three point line on Tuesday night which was the Lady Cougars’ demise.

The Lady Cougars hung tight most of the game, but they couldn’t get a stop when they needed one the most in a 60-52 loss to the Lady Canes.

Northview Academy trailed 19-14 at the end of the first quarter, and then right before the half, sophomore guard Reagan Brown hit a bucket to bring the score 30-24.

She then nailed back-to-back threes to open the half and bring the score within three points after Morristown East hit a three of their own.

The Lady Cougars briefly took the lead, 37-35, with 1:50 left in the third quarter, but yet again, the Lady Canes hit another three to take the lead and they never relinquished it from there.

Overall, Morristown East hit 10 three pointers and scored half of their points from behind the arc.

“We would hit a three, then they they would hit a three,” Northview Academy head coach Brooke Shelley said. We were trading baskets, and we could never get that stop at the right time. Their threes came at huge momentums, and we could never get over that little hump.”

The Lady Cougars (9-7 overall) shot 46% from the field and 40% from three in the loss, and it was point guard Leny Torres who continued to get many of their buckets.

She set a school record for assists with 13.

As a team, Northview Academy recorded 21 assists on 23 made buckets.

Sophomore Josie Horner and freshman Jordan White both led the way with 14 points each while Brown scored 11.

Morristown East’s Harmony Sullivan, Hudson Cloninger and Hailey Hall all hit three triples each for the Lady Canes who are now 6-10.

“We came out tonight, and I thought this might be the most well rounded game and team basketball that we have played,” Shelley said.

“We played hard and we executed the game plan, and some nights the other team is hot. We were in man-to-man, and I thought we played pretty good defense, but they were knocking down shots. Sometimes that is the way it goes. I was proud of our fight tonight.”

The Lady Cougars are 2-0 in 2A District 3 after a win at Gibbs on Monday, and they have a big District contest on Friday at home against county rival Seymour who is also 2-0 in district play.

“We have to come in and practice and focus on what it will take the beat Seymour,” Shelley said. “You have to win three games come tournament time. I think every week this month we have three games, so we will have to get used to it. We can’t make excuses. We just have to get the job done.”