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When the senior guard on the Putnam County girls basketball team hit a 3-point shot with 2:14 remaining in Monday’s contest against Indian Creek, the PC fans erupted and Lady Panthers coach James Barnett immediately called a timeout.
“I was like, ‘What did I just do? I made it and they are stopping the game?’” Pavlovich said.
Everyone knew but her.
With the 3-pointer, the four-year senior star got to 20 points Monday to reach exactly 1,000 career points in her career and help PC to a 64-43 victory over Indian Creek.
“I knew something was going on, but I didn’t know that I was going to score 1,000,” said Pavlovich, who was honored with an announcement during the timeout following her 3-pointer. “They were all like, ‘Come on, get up the floor, get up the floor,’ and Carly (Gonet) was like, ‘Get this next 3. Get this next 3.’
“I love (my team) and it makes me feel good that they wanted to help me get it.” Pavlovich’s record-setting night highlighted the Lady Panthers’ win.
Up 35-30 at halftime, PC turned up the defensive intensity in the second half as it forced the Lady Timberwolves (2-4) to commit 21 second-half turnovers and score just 15 second-half points.
“That’s the point of our pressure this year,” second-year PC coach James Barnett said. “With the full-court press that we’re putting on, we’re not necessarily looking for steals and layups as much as just keeping them out of their offense and creating a turnover. I told the girls, a turnover by them going too quick in the open floor is just as good as a steal at midcourt. Either way we’re taking away a possession and gaining a possession.”
After the Lady Panthers trailed by a point after the first quarter, the game was tied four times before PC went on a 10-2 run that helped it take the five-point lead at half.
Back-to-back baskets by Indian Creek to start the second half pulled it to 35-34, but back-to-back buckets from Venessa Voss and then a hoop from Allison Voss sparked another 10-2 PC surge that gave it the lift it rode to the win.
“Our press really changed,” Pavlovich said. “At halftime, coach just told us to ‘play tough defense and play how you play, and if they refs start calling stuff, just keep playing.’ We played our ball.”
In addition to Pavlovich’s 20 points, Allison Voss finished with a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Venessa Voss chipped in 12 points and six rebounds.
The Lady Panthers improved to 6-0 on the season.
“Last year (at the Princeton tournament) we lost to Stark County and that first loss stuck with us until like (Dec. 20),” Pavlovich said. “We’re not letting that ‘0’ turn into a ‘1’ this year.”
Note: The PC sophomore team lost a late lead and fell to Indian Creek 36-33. Tori Smoode finished with a team-high 17 points for PC.
Jared Bell can be reached at 220-6938, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @NT_SportsJared.
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