North Scott came into Friday night’s conference tilt looking to solidly itself as a conference championship contender, whereas Assumption was searching for answers after a blowout loss to Bettendorf.
At the end of the night, the roles were reversed as Assumption dominated the game from start to finish in a 78-70 win.
“After Tuesday night’s (71-50 loss to Bettendorf) I think we were all a little disappointed in our enthusiasm and our intensity, and that was definitely not lacking today,” Assumption head coach Katelyn McNamara said.
Defensively the Knights (3-2, 2-1) used that intensity to force the Class 4A No. 8 Lancers (3-1, 2-1) into 22 turnovers, but it wasn’t until the second quarter that Assumption began to capitalize.
With four minutes to go in the quarter Assumption went on a 17-1 run that was ignited by a trio of 3-pointers, all off of North Scott miscues. Jasmine Harris started the run with a pull-up 3 in transition, which was followed by a Molly Gervase and Allie Timmons 3-pointers to push the lead to 37-21. North Scott quickly called timeout, but on the ensuing inbounds pass the ball was stolen and kicked out to Bailey Brown to make it 40-21. Assumption led 46-30 at the half.
“We really thrive on our pressure defense and press, and I think that’s what won us the game tonight,” Harris said.
The Knights only trailed once the whole game and that was after the opening possession. After winning the tip, sophomore guard Rylie Rucker knocked down an open 3 on the wing, and it looked as if North Scott was going to pick up right where it left off after an upset win over Davenport North.
Assumption quickly answered with a bucket of its own as Harris laid it in for two of her game-high 22 points. The teams continued trading buckets for the remainder of the quarter as the Lancers were never able to reclaim the lead, committing six turnovers in the quarter.
“The other night we had around 20 something turnovers too, so we need to figure that out,” North Scott head coach T.J. Case sad. “They do a good job of trapping, and they continue to come at you.”
North Scott cut into the lead late in the fourth quarter, as Karli Rucker knocked in a 3-pointer with 1:39 left, but Grace Jacobsen sunk a pair of free throws to help extend the lead back to 71-61. Rucker poured in three more 3-pointers in the quarter as she paced the Lancers with 18 points. She was joined in double figures by Savannah Bogner who scored 15 points.
As far as what this win means moving forward for both teams, McNamara said it best:
"In the MAC, anything can happen."