J. Pat Dyer
Glasgow Daily Times
Ashley McMurtrey scored a game-high 39 points to lead Oldham County over Caverna 61-50 in the Edmonton State Bank Ladies Showcase Saturday afternoon at Glasgow High School.
“She is the real deal. She is the best I've seen all year,” said Caverna coach Cornelius Faulkner. “We ran a chase on her in the second half and she still had 20 in the first half and 19 in the second half.
“We slowed her down in the third quarter, we put Madison (Faulkner) on her. I thought the overall game we played really good. I thought our role players shot the ball really well.”
Even with McMurtrey scoring 39, Caverna was never out of this game.
The first quarter started with Oldham County jumping out to a 10-0 lead. Caverna answered with a 9-2 run of it’s own with Ciara Waggoner scoring eight of the nine points. The period ended with Oldham holding an 18-13 lead as McMurtrey had 14 points in the quarter.
Caverna opened the second quarter with an 11-2 spurt to give the Lady Colonels a 24-20 lead. McMurtrey replied back with two 3-pointers in the last two and a half minutes to tie the game. Caverna's Giuliana Petrrucci was fouled on a 3-point attempt with 30 seconds left in the half and she made two of the three charity tosses to give Caverna a two point edge at the break.
Thirty seconds into the second half the teams were tied again when McMurtrey nailed a jumper. Then Oldham's Jayla Davis made a basket to give OCHS the lead. It was Caverna's turn to rally as Faulkner made two free throws and a lay-in before Shana Bradley drained a 3 for a 5-point Caverna lead. Unfortunately it was more McMurtrey as she made the game’s next three baskets.
McMurtrey opened the fourth period with a long 3-pointer and immediately followed it with a jumper in the lane. Kasey Wernert added another 3 to give Oldham County a 10-point lead. Madison Faulkner secored seven in the quarter, but her opportunities were limited by the height and length of Oldham County.
“Our Achilles heel is long lanky teams. We have problems because we are small. We have all guards out there playing,” said Faulkner. “Madison plays a lot bigger than she is but she is really a two guard or a three. Madison scored, but their length did give us problems.”
“Overall I can't complain. We want to win all the games early but these games let us know what we have to work on to get better.”
Madison Faulkner led Caverna with 20. Waggoner scored 14, while Bradley had nine and Petrucci tallied seven.
“I thought Madison and C.C. (Waggoner) do what they do well. I thought Shanda (Bradley) and Nicole (Bradley) played well. Giuliana (Petrrucci) was a big boost off the bench. But in the end we didn't get the ball to the people we need to get it to.” said Faulkner. “It was a five-point game and Ciara (C.C. Waggoner) and Madison didn't touch the ball and they got the ball.”