Harris, Curd power Ursuline to comeback win over Raiders
She saw her Ursuline Irish girls basketball team in trouble after South Range made a third-quarter surge.
She and Anyah Curd literally took matters into their own hands. The two played a little half-court pitch and catch to start the fourth quarter and helped the Irish pull away from the Raiders, 59-53, Monday at Ursuline High School.
“When she waves those hands, there’s no way you can miss her,” Harris said of Curd, one of Ursuline’s post players.
Harris had a game-high 30 points to go along with 10 rebounds and seven assists — three away from a triple-double.
Curd had 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Lindsay Bell added 10 rebounds. The Irish (11-8) also outrebounded South Range, 41 to 36.
Curd scored several times off the pick-and-roll for a team that relies on her inside presence.
“She’s a great finisher,” Ursuline coach Vannessa Dickson said.
Maddie Durkin paced South Range (16-3) with 18 points and 11 rebounds, as the Raiders split the season series. South Range won on its court earlier this season with other losses to Salem and Carrollton. Izzy Lamparty added 11 for the Raiders.
The last thing Ursuline wanted was another loss to South Range, especially heading into the Division II Austintown District tournament later this month. The Irish finished the game on a 16-4 run, as Harris’ quickness proved a little too much for a Raiders team that had six of their 17 turnovers in the fourth quarter.
Harris had a couple steals in the final minute as she and Curd went a combined 7 of 8 from the foul line in the last minute. South Range was held scoreless for the last couple of minutes.
South Range coach Tony Matisi, whose team is the top seed in its Division III Struthers District, knows a game like this is going to prepare his team for postseason play.
And playing against the likes of Harris, that goes a long way as well.
“She’s amazing,” Matisi said. “We spent a week to try to come up with things to stop her. I thought we did that in the third quarter.”
South Range outscored Ursuline 20-8 in the third quarter as the Irish were 2 of 12 from the floor. Curd and Harris combined for all of the Irish’s 18 points in the fourth.
“(She) hurt us a lot,” Matisi said of Curd, who had 10 in the fourth quarter.
Harris maintained a strong presence on the court as scouts from Youngstown State and Duquesne were there to see her Monday.
The talented junior guard isn’t one to take full credit. She knows her teammates, including several freshman as integral parts of the lineup, are important for her success.
“If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be able to go out and score,” Harris said. “When they spread out and make shots, it helps me become available and do what I have to do.”