Thanks to a second half offensive surge and some stingy defense, the Metcalfe County Lady Hornets overcame a slow start to knock off Green County this past weekend by a score of 42-36.
Both teams struggled to put the ball in the basket early as the Lady Hornets led 7-6 at the end of the first period and held only a 16-11 advantage at the intermission.
“We played a really nice second half despite shooting poorly. We got out of the gate slowly and we were fortunate they struggled to score as much as we did,” said Metcalfe County coach Pete DiStefano. “Our defense held them to 13-of-49 from the field for the game, and we had a run for about seven minutes in the second half where our lead went from four points to 13.”
Tayler McMurtrey, who scored her 1,000th career point in the second half, led the Lady Hornets with 15 points, five rebounds and two assists. Riley Eskridge had 11 points, three assists and three steals, while Jordan Samuels had eight points, five boards and three steals. MacKenzie Coleman pulled down 11 rebounds, while also scoring six points.
Metcalfe County widened its lead in the second half, outscoring Green County 12-10 in the third period to take a 28-21 advantage into the fourth quarter.
“Riley did a good job handling their pressure and Tayler McMurtrey scored her 1,000th point in the fourth quarter,” DiStefano said. “Overall we are 15-8 on the season, but we need to improve in several areas in the next three weeks before the district tournament begins.”
The Lady Hornets will host Russell County in a big district contest on Friday. The game is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Caverna girls lose at LaRue County
Cornelius Faulkner is never happy about a loss. However, the Caverna High School girls’ basketball coach took some solace in his team’s 47-42 defeat at LaRue County on Saturday because in the previous meeting between the two teams, Caverna lost by over 30.
“I was super pleased with the way we played, considering how bad they beat us last time,” said Coach Faulkner. “I told the team before the game if we came out and rebounded the ball well, and made some shots, we’d have a chance. And that’s what we did.”
LaRue County drew first blood and held a 14-6 advantage at the end of the first period and a 27-21 lead at the intermission.
Reagan Kingrey led the Lady Colonels in scoring with 14 points. Madison Faulkner had 13 points and Ciara Waggoner chipped in with nine. Madison Perry, Kiara Kirk and Andrea Davis scored two points each.
“I thought our defense played very well in the game,” said Coach Faulkner. “We just missed some shots early, and we missed some free throws late in the game.”
Caverna will visit Thomas Nelson High School on Monday. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m.