Basketball

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Mt. Carmel trailed early at Evansville North Thursday. Then the Lady Aces cranked things up with a 21-point run to turn a 7-3 deficit into a 24-7 lead.

From there, the Lady Aces rolled to a 72-37 non-conference win, improving to 9-1.

“We were a little concerned coming in, because this is our fourth game in six days,” said assistant coach Joe Vargo, standing in for head coach Tim Willis, who had work commitments.

“They came in with a lot of energy. We eventually work them down with our pressure defense.”

Tyra Buss scored 48 points, including the Lady Aces’ first 21 of the night. Buss, who leads the nation in scoring, seemed to play off the energy of a noisy North student section.

“Their student section was getting on Tyra,” Vargo said. “That just gets her fired up.”

The rest of the Aces surged as well with a pressing defense that turned things around, forcing 29 Lady Huskie turnovers.

Brandi Metcalf and Callie Dunkel both scored nine points for Mt. Carmel (9-1). Vargo took note of that.

“Some of our younger kids were stepping up again tonight,” said Vargo. “They’ve been making progress all season long.”

The Lady Aces shot 54 percent from the floor, on 27-of-50 accuracy, including 7-of-18 from beyond the arc line.

Mt. Carmel is off until Monday when play begins in the Toyota Teamwork Classic. The Aces will face Evansville Reitz at 7:15 p.m. at Oakland City University in the first round.

North won the junior varsity game, 40-32.

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