North Putnam High School's girls' varsity basketball team picked up its third win of the season Thursday at home against Fountain Central, 54-28.
Senior Brook Miller led the Cougars with a solid all-around game. Miller recorded a game-high 17 points and added six assists and three rebounds in 25 minutes.
Taylor Alles chipped in with a career-high 14 points to go with seven rebounds, and Shawna Johnston and Carlye McGaughey each recorded eight points in the victory.
"We played really well," Cougars coach Kevin Smith said. "We finally put together four quarters and finished with a win."
Smith was pleased with the Cougars' offensive production in Thursday's game, only the third game this season in which NPHS has finished with more than 50 points.
But he said the real credit for the win goes to the Cougars' defense.
"Defensively I thought we played well," Smith said. "We covered our rotations well, and we rebounded well out of our zone.
"On offense, we ran the floor and looked for each other, and we were getting the shots that we've been getting most of the year. We just finished them well (Thursday)."
Ashley Pietras had four points and five rebounds, while Leah Crosby had three points and seven boards.
Chelsea Green contributed two rebounds and three assists, and Ashley Stigall had two boards.
"The post players played well, and the perimeter players played well," Smith said. "It was a total team effort."
The Cougars' junior varsity team also picked up a victory over the Mustangs, 29-12. Elsiana Crosby led North Putnam with nine points.
The Cougars will be in action again Tuesday at home against Western Boone, with a scheduled junior varsity start of 6 p.m.
At North Putnam
Fountain Central 3 7 13 5 -- 28
North Putnam 13 18 19 4 -- 54
North Putnam scoring -- Miller 17, Alles 14, Johnston 8, McGaughey 8, Pietras 4, L. Crosby 3.
North Putnam rebounding -- Alles 7, L. Crosby 7, Johnston 6, Pietras 5, McGaughey 3, Green 2, Stigall 2
North Putnam assists -- Miller 6, Green 3
JV -- North Putnam won, 29-12
Next Game -- North Putnam will take the court again Tuesday at home against Western Boone, with the junior varsity game scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
Eagles fall to Eels
The South Putnam Eagles' girls' basketball team fell to 5-8 on the season with a 56-47 loss to the Eminence Eels at home Thursday.
Meghan Canary led the Eagles with 12 points on four field goals and one free throw, while Sam Stanifer finished with nine points on three field goals, going 3-of-4 at the charity stripe.
Oceaia Boetjer had eight points, connecting on a pair of field goals and turning in a 4-of-4 performance at the free throw stripe.
Leeah Butts contributed six points while Megan Robinson and Bailey Birt each finished with five.
Eminence's Aylani Sinclair led all scorers with 31 points, connecting on 14 field goals in the game. Jessica Malott had 15 points.
South Putnam's junior varsity team lost a one-point game in overtime to the Eels, 25-24.
The Eagles will be in action again Wednesday at Riverton Parke with a junior varsity start of 6 p.m.
At South Putnam
EMINENCE (56) -- Sinclair 14 3-4 31, Martin 2 0-0 5, Malott 7 1-4 15, Landson 1 0-0 2, Barnett 0 0-0 0, Decker 1 1-2 3. 25 FG 5-10 FT 56 TP.
SOUTH PUTNAM (47) -- Canary 4 1-1 12, Robinson 2 1-2 5, Stanifer 3 3-4 9, Birt 2 1-2 5, Boetjer 2 4-4 8, Searles 12 0-0 2, Butts 2 3-2 6. 16 FG 12-16 FT 47 TP.
Eminence 21 12 9 14 -- 56
South Putnam 15 10 7 15 -- 47
3-pt FG -- Eminence (Martin); South Putnam 3 (Canary 3). Total fouls -- Eminence 15, South Putnam 10. Fouled out -- None.
JV -- Eminence won, 25-24 in OT
Next Game -- South Putnam will be on the court again Wednesday on the road at Riverton Parke, with a scheduled junior varsity start of 6 p.m.
Compiled by Jason Jarman