EDMONTON — In her first season at the helm, Metcalfe County coach Tiffany Coffey has the Lady Hornets in an enviable position — undefeated in their district.
Metcalfe County(2-2, 2-0) ended the first half on a 22-4 run and crushed Clinton County 66-30 at home Friday night in a District 16 matchup.
“We had a great defensive game. We had defections, we had steals. I thought this was the best game we’ve played as a team,” Coffey said.
The coaching staff emphasized to the Lady Hornets the need to turn defense into offense, and Metcalfe County obliged by forcing several first half turnovers that were converted into buckets on the other end.
The Lady Hornets jumped out to a 10-1 lead to start the game, but Clinton Count(0-3, 0-1)battled back and took a 17-16 lead early in the second quarter. Coffey said she knew the Lady Bulldogs have good shooters so she wasn’t surprised they made a run at Metcalfe County.
A Braelyn Davis 3-pointer tied the score at 20 to start a 10-0 run for the Lady Hornets.
Marisa Fields, who knocked down four treys in the game, hit a 3-pointer to extend the lead to 30-22. Davis followed it up with two free throws before Fields drained another triple.
“Marisa Fields, her shooting has improved tremendously,” Coffey said. “She worked on her shot all summer and she’s just gotten herself into a rhythm.”
Jaycie Harper scored in the open court on an assist by Davis, and the Lady Hornets crushed Clinton County’s hopes at pulling off a road district win with their big run to end the first half.
Fields led the way for the Lady Hornets with 17 points. Harper added 16 and Davis had 15, though the starters didn’t see much playing time in the second half due to the score.
The win improved the Lady Hornets to 2-0 in the district. Though Metcalfe County still has four district games to play including a home contest with Russell County on Monday night, it’s a good start for the Lady Hornets.
Coffey believes Russell County is similar to Metcalfe County in that they rely on good shooting and guard play to makeup for the lack of size inside.
“I think it’ll be a pretty evenly matched game. I think it’ll be a battle,” she said.
The game will tip at 6 p.m. Monday.