"We wanted to come out in the second half and do the same things we were doing in the first half," said Rebels coach Ann Whisner. "Instead, we just started to do dumb things in the second half. We got tired, we didn't box out and we didn't rebound. (North) just played better than we did."
After scoring four points in the first four minutes, South center Stacy Zeger was whistled for her third foul with 3:59 remaining in the opening period. But Emily Middlekauff and Dee Ecton took up the slack by combining for five three-pointers, which helped propel the Rebels to a 19-17 advantage at the 6:24 mark of the second quarter.
"Emily and Dee were both on in the first half," said Whisner. "They were both hitting their shots, so we told them to look for that."
Meanwhile, with the rugged play inside thwarting North's efforts to get Ferguson and Lewis on track, the Hubs (8-11, 5-10) relied on the outside shooting of Becky Holmes, who scored all 11 of her points in the first half, to keep pace. It was Holmes' five points which led North on a 12-6 run to end the half with a 29-25 margin.
At 6-foot-2, Kristin Sherwood came off the bench to provide some presence inside for the Hubs.
"We weren't getting anything inside," said North coach Diane Telemko, "just a lot of jump balls. South did a real good job defensively in the first half to not allow us to get those shots (inside), and they did a good job on the boards.
"Then in the second half, we started getting some nice passes from our guards, we got some key rebounds, and started playing with more confidence."
Ferguson, Holmes and Sherwood finished with 15, 11 and 10 points respectively for the Hubs, while Middlekauff led South with 15 points, with Ecton adding 10.