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Ringen leads Harrison girls basketball past Lafayette Jeff
February 17, 2014Lafayette Jefferson High School
Harrison senior Autumn Ringen finished her final game in May Gymnasium with one of her most complete performances, scoring 16 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in a 57-38 victory over crosstown rival Lafayette Jeff Thursday night.
Ringen, a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter, went a perfect 7 for 7 from the free throw line, hitting six of those in the fourth quarter to help the Raiders pull away.
“This was our last home game, and we were so excited to get the victory and we played so well together,” said Ringen, who finished her home career alongside classmates Maya Mengler, Claire Muller and Kaitlyn Carnahan. “The game was bittersweet, but I’m excited because we still have sectionals.”
Harrison is 7-12 going into Friday’s regular-season finale at Noblesville.
The contest was another frustrating finish for the 1-18 Bronchos and first-year coach Andy Baker. Baker saw his team play even with the Raiders to take a 13-12 lead after the first quarter.
After falling behind by as many as 15 points in the third quarter, the visitors cut the Raiders’ lead to single digits, 40-31, on a Kara Homeier 3-pointer to close out the period. But all of Jeff’s momentum disappeared over the first four minutes of the fourth quarter as Harrison went on a 10-0 run.
“I can’t explain it,” Baker said. “Right now, I don’t think we have the leadership. There’s no sense of urgency. We act like we have two more months to play. We work hard in practice, but when we get in games we play like we don’t care. They are a great group of kids and work hard and they deserve to have some wins, but we get in games and mentally fall apart.”
Harrison coach Jake Rettig said the fourth quarter was a sign of growth for his program. The Raiders made 15 of 16 free throws in the period to maintain their lead.
“I think it comes with our experience,” Rettig said. “We’ve been in a lot of situations over the past three years where, if we were in that situation, we wouldn’t have gone on a 10-0 run, so that’s a credit to the girls. They believe in the system and we went to a spread look and attacked them off the dribble and made some baskets and free throws.”
Jeff’s Carlie Hinkel tried to give the Bronchos a spark, scoring a game-high 17 points, including four 3-point shots, but the Raiders dominated the boards, finishing the game with a big 48-34 edge in rebounding.
“They were knocking down a bunch of 3s,” Ringen said. “Our first game plan was to have one foot in the paint and then go after them, then figured out we had to get out on them and guard them outside, and that eventually played in our favor.”
Jeff will close out its season Friday at home against Central Catholic and then will play in opening round of sectionals Tuesday in Logansport against Marion.