BROOKVILLE — Unfortunately for Tri-County North, about the only drama in its opening-round sectional tournament game, at Brookville, Saturday, Feb. 18, against No. 5 seed Newton, was when would Tatum McBride pass her cousin Madison Mollette as the all-time leading scorer for the Lady Indians.
After an eight-point first half for McBride, which saw Newton open a 37-12 lead and left her just two points short of tying the record — that was the last thing on McBride’s mind at the break in a 72-22 Newton win.
That’s because she was coming off an uncharacteristic 3-for-11 shooting effort.
McBride made five 3-pointers, going 6-for-8 from the floor and finishing with 27 points, five more than the Panthers scored.
She tied the record by faking a girl out and driving to the basket — then on the next trip down, she drilled a three from the corner to break the mark. McBride now has 1,081 points as Newton, 16-7, prepares to play the Franklin Monroe at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in second round action.
Aubrey Stupp had 13 points and six rebounds for the Panthers, who finished the season 7-16.
Elizabeth Carroll hit three shots from behind the arc in the first two minutes as Newton went up 9-0 and never looked back.
Newton was 27 of 54 from the floor for 50 percent and 10 of 19 from the line for 53 percent.
North was seven of 26 from the floor for 27 percent and seven of 17 from the line for 41 percent.
Newton won the battle of the boards 25-23 and had 14 turnovers to North’s 35.
Now, McBride takes her spot atop the Newton scoring list.
Rob Kiser can be reached at 937-451-3334.