Fast start leads Huskies past Wildcats

RICHMOND – Harrison Central’s fast start made for a long night for Edison.

The Lady Huskies (10-4) led from start to finish, by 19 points after the first quarter and never looked back en route to a 57-25 victory Thursday night at Edison.

“We came out and played well,” Harrison Central head coach Nick Yourkovich said. “We knew they were banged up.

“We shot the ball well in the first quarter. We hit four 3-pointers early. When we shoot well, our offense looks pretty dangerous.”

The Huskies scored the first six points and led by as many as 35 points late in the third quarter.

“They pressed us, and we didn’t handle it well,” Edison (2-14) head coach Jason Ensinger said. “I think we had 10 turnovers in the first quarter. You can’t have that type of start and expect to win. We need to take care of the ball.

“Some minutes into the second quarter, we had more turnovers than points. You can’t do that and win.

“We are going to have to adjust. We need to start executing. They didn’t do anything we haven’t seen.”

Eleven players scored in the game for the Huskies, though only one player reached double digits. Katie Ellzy tallied a game-high 12 points to lead the way for Harrison Central.

Also, Kara Dunfee delivered nine points, Jesse Ledger and Shianne Nameth each collected eight points and Paige Richards recorded seven.

Kayli Stewart tallied a team-high eight points to lead the way for Edison.

The Huskies led 24-5 after the first quarter and extended its lead to 34-13 at halftime.

The Huskies continued to apply their cull-court press until there was about two minutes left to play in the third quarter.

“That is something we have worked on,” Yourkovich said. “We have worked on our full-court press and our full-court defense. When we get after it on defense, it raises our intensity, and we push the ball offense and we move on offense. Our offense feeds off of our defense.”

Both teams are scheduled to return to the court Saturday.

Harrison Central is slated to play at 1 p.m. home against Beaver Local. Edison will play at 6 p.m. at home against Bellaire in the first game of a girls’ and boys’ varsity only doubleheader.

“We have a quick turnaround, and the girls are going to have to come back to work,” Ensinger said. “The girls work hard every day. We are going to work tomorrow to get ready for Bellaire.”