EDMONTON – Metcalfe County’s defensive changes down the stretch and improved second half shooting lifted the Lady Hornets to a 41-34 district victory over Clinton County on Friday.

“We played pretty well defensively against them in man to man for most of the game,” Metcalfe coach Kevin Wheeler said. “We changed defenses to a 1-3-1 zone in the fourth quarter, and they didn’t score for five or six trips down the floor.

“We were up about 10 or 11 and that allowed us to hold on.”

Metcalfe held a two point lead early and took a 15-14 lead at the break. The Lady Hornets led by six after three quarters of play.

“Kara Reece gave us a big lift in the second half,” Wheeler said. “She picked up a couple of quick fouls early on, and then came off the bench for eight points in the second half. She hit a couple of big free throws down the stretch when it got close.”

Megan Stephens led the Lady Hornets with 12 points, while Jessica Harris and Reece added eight each.

Metcalfe shot just 20.8 percent from the field in the first half but hit 34 percent for the game. The Lady Hornets held Clinton to just 26.1 percent shooting.

The Lady Hornets are back in action Tuesday when they host Franklin-Simpson at 6 p.m.



Score by quarter

Clinton 8 6 8 12 – 34

Metcalfe 10 5 13 13 – 41



Scoring

Megan Stephens 12, Jessica Harris 8, April McCoy 5, Amber Young 1, Rhea Ellen Thompson 7, Kara Reece 8.

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