Caverna coach Cornelius Faulkner and his Lady Colonels had their hands full when Larue County visited on Friday night.

The Lady Hawks sported a pair of talented twin sisters that together combined for just one point shy of the home team’s total as Larue handed Faulkner’s squad their sixth loss in as many games by a score of 62-34.

“Well, I have said from day one that we would have a young team on the court this season,” Faulkner said. “I am starting to see some really good things out of these young ladies and I look forward to seeing what they can do together in the future.”

The second year coach wasn’t kidding when he talked of his young squad which for much of the game featured a lineup of three freshmen, an 8th-grader and 6th-grader C.C. Waggoner on the court against Larue. The Lady Colonels’ roster, depleted due to injuries and illnesses, might have looked a lot like Faulkner’s freshman team, which is undefeated.

“C.C. (Waggoner) has earned every minute she plays,” said Faulkner of his youngest of the young. “If you watch her in practice she is fearless, and because she plays like that in practice and does it every day, that is why you see her out here against the big girls on the court playing varsity ball.”

The Whitlock sisters, Valerie and Lyndsey, dropped in 16 and 15 points, respectively, and also earned some praise from the home coach.

“Those two are just good ballplayers on every area you can judge a player. They have size, speed, they hustle, they shoot the ball well. I think it was good for our young ladies to go up against players of that caliber,” Faulkner said.

Valerie Whitlock dropped in nine of the Lady Hawks’ 21 first quarter points, including two deep 3-pointers, and paced Larue to an early 21-5 lead to end the first quarter.

Shardai Embry sank 4-of-6 free throws in the second period where the young Lady Colonels kept pace with the Lady Hawks and had the visitors lead cut to 10 before Lyndsey Whitlock swished a trey that silenced the Caverna rally.

Embry dropped another basket in the third quarter at the 5:13 mark to get Caverna back in the fray at 33-19. But Larue, behind seven points by Nancy Howell, finished the third quarter with a 12-4 surge to extend its lead to 45-23.

Lyndsey Whitlock dropped in her eighth point of the final frame with 3:33 left that finished off Caverna.

The Lady Colonels are back in action Dec. 27 at 9:30 a.m. as they take on Red Boiling Springs, Tenn., in the opening round of the Lady of the South Invitational in Scottsville.

Score by quarter

Larue 21 11 13 17 - 62

Caverna 5 11 7 11 - 34


Madison Ballou 11, Breanna Goodnight 9, Shardai Embry 6, Jazmin Austin 4, Reagan Kingery 3, C.C. Waggoner 2, Liz Huff 1.


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