BURKESVILLE – Kristen Rowe proved too much for her opponents for the second night in a row.

Rowe led Cumberland County with 29 points and five rebounds, while Kendra McIntyre added 17 points, as the Lady Panthers defeated Monroe County 72-55 on Friday in the 4th Region championship game of the All “A” Classic.

“We did not do a good job defensively on Rowe,” Monroe coach Dwayne Murray said. “We just let her run loose and we didn’t help our teammates out.”

After a slow start, the Lady Falcons got into the game in the first quarter as Jerri Beth Gee ended the opening frame with a steal and layup to cut the Lady Panthers’ lead to 15-14.

The second quarter proved trouble for Monroe, which was outscored 17-7. It was the Lady Falcons’ lowest-scoring quarter of the game.

“We went 1-of-4 from the line and missed seven or eight lay-ups,” Murray said. “You can’t do that, especially in a championship ball game.”

The Lady Panthers converted on a 3-point basket to the end the second quarter with a 32-21 lead.

Cumberland began the second half on an 11-4 run, pushing the lead to 21 points, which was the largest of the night. The Lady Panthers led 54-37 after three quarters of play.

“I don’t believe we were as focused as we should have been,” Murray said. “I told them before the game this would have to our best defensive night and it didn’t happen.”

In the fourth quarter the Lady Panthers went on late run to put the game out of reach, led by Rowe with eight points, all of which came from the free throw line.

“That was probably one of our worst defensive jobs this year,” Murray said. “No opponent has scored in the 70s on us this year.”

Friday’s loss ended a 12-game winning streak for the Lady Falcons, who fell to 17-2. Cumberland improved to 18-2 with the win.

The victory for the Lady Panthers also avenged an earlier loss to the Lady Falcons this season. Monroe beat Cumberland, 53-50, on Jan. 12 in the first meeting between the two schools this season.

“Our girls played hard,” Murray said. “I thought we could have played harder, we played harder the second half.”

Gee led the Lady Falcons with 15 points and eight rebounds, while Chelsey Stephens came off the bench to score 14.

Monroe returns to action Tuesday with a 6 p.m. game at Caverna.

Cumberland moves on to Richmond, Ky., to represent the 4th Region in the All “A” state tournament.

Score by quarter

Monroe 14 7 16 18 - 55

Cumberland 15 17 22 18 - 72


Jerri Beth Gee 15, Chelsey Stephens 14, Rachel Copass 7, Ann Marie Gordon 6, Joshlyn Dubree 5, Lorran Hart 4, Laura Thomas 4.

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