By Rob Kiser
BROOKVILLE — About the only drama in the Newton-Tri-County North Brookville D-IV girls basketball sectional tournament game Saturday 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.
“I didn’t know how many more I needed for the record, so I wasn’t thinking about that at all,” the daughter of Pat and Tiffany McBride, said. “I was upset with the way I played in the first half. I knew I needed to play a lot better than that.”
McBride did exactly that, making 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 in second round action.
“I didn’t know which shot it was,” McBride said. “Neither did my coach (Steve Fisher) It was kind of nice to get it on a 3-pointer. The main thing was the team played well and we won. We are playing well right now.”
Which says something about the new record holder.
“Tatum (McBride) is a quality kid as well as being a quality player,” Newton coach Steve Fisher said. “The five 3-pointers tied a school record. She now has 63 on the season — that is a pretty impressive number. Tatum has adapted well to the style we are playing and I think it fits her game really well.”
As for the Lady Indians play Saturday, Fisher couldn’t have asked for anything much better.
“We had just beaten Tri-County North on Tuesday,” Fisher said. “I am not saying we held anything back in that game, but we saw some things we could do. Obviously, ball handling is an issue for them and we were able to take advantage of that. I thought the kids came out and just executed really well.”
Elizabeth Carroll hit three shots from behind the arc in the first two minutes as Newton went up 9-0 and never looked back.
“I thought Elizabeth (Carroll) coming out and hitting those three 3-pointers, that set the tempo for the game,” Fisher said.
Macy Flanary had forgotten her number 10 jersey — but 40 looked pretty good on her.
The junior hit seven of 10 shots from the floor and scored 16 points, while Carroll added 11.
“I think Macy (Flanary) probably should wear 40 all the time,” Fisher said with a laugh. “That is the best game I have seen Macy play She really had a good game.”
Aubrey Stupp had 13 points and six rebounds for the Panthers.
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.
“It really hasn’t hit me,” McBride said. “But, it is a tremendous honor.”
And she made sure her second half shooting performance was worthy of it.
Tri-County North (22)
Sara Harris 0-1-1, Cassi Stinson 0-1-1, Shyanna Baker 0-0-0, Megan Poling 1-1-3, Aubrey Stupp 4-4-13, Preston Lipinski 1-0-2, Chelsey Strawser 1-0-2, Aidson Pahl 0-0-0, Emily Norris 0-0-0, Abby Rupp 0-0-0, Mady Prater 0-0-0. Totals: 7—7-22.
Tatum McBride 9-4-27, Kassidi Alexander 1-2-4, Macy Flanary 7-2-16, Elizabeth Carroll 4-0-11, Aliya Stine 1-0-2, Anna Wolfe 1-1-3, Brittney Oburn 2-1-5, Treanna Lavy 0-0-0, Rachel Kirk 0-0-0, Lexis Oburn 1-0-2, Michaela Kirk 1-0-2. Totals: 27-10-72.
3-point field goals — Tri-County North: Stupp. Newton: McBride (5), Carroll (3).
Score By Quarters
Tri-County North 4 12 13 22
Newton 21 37 57 72
Records: Newton 16-7.