EDMONTON — The flood warning in effect for the area Monday night should have been extended inside the Metcalfe County High School gymnasium.
The Lady Hornets rained treys and drowned the chances of Russell County picking up a road win in a District 16 showdown. Metcalfe County knocked down a dozen treys and remained perfect in district play with a 62-47 victory.
It was the third straight district win for Metcalfe County(3-2, 3-0), who has already beaten each of their district opponents this season halfway through the district slate.
“The girls had great intensity tonight. They came out ready to play and I thought they played a full 32 minutes,” Metcalfe County coach Tiffany Coffey said.
The Lady Hornets started hot from behind the arc and never relented, draining four treys and getting eight points from Braelyn Davis in the opening quarter.
Kassady London hit an early 3-pointer and sank a jumper just before the buzzer to give Metcalfe County a 21-13 lead after the first quarter.
Macy Welsh stroked her second shot from downtown to start the second quarter, and the junior hit her third trey a few minutes later to extend the lead to 27-15.
Metcalfe County freshman Anna Blythe nailed a 3-pointer from the corner to get the Lady Hornets to 30 points. Russell County(3-1, 0-1) ended the first half on an 8-1 run to stay within striking distance.
Jaycie Harper drained the eighth trey of the game for Metcalfe County to start the second half. The Lady Lakers responded with a 7-1 run to cut the lead to three, but they would get no closer.
After a Blythe bucket, Davis and London drilled 3-pointers to push the lead back to double-digits. Marisa Fields banked home a trey for the 11th trifecta of the night for Metcalfe County to cap an 11-0 Lady Hornets’ run and to finish off the Lady Lakers.
Coffey said at times, the Lady Hornets rushed into shots. When they looked for 3-pointers off of their motion offense, they had better success, she said.
“I’ve known that we’re a good shooting team and we have multiple kids who can shoot from outside,” Coffey said. “I feel like we have a very versatile team and it’s really hard to decide how to guard us.”
After losing their opening two games, the Lady Hornets have won three straight. Coffey credited the turnaround in part to players stepping up and taking leadership roles.
“Everybody knows we graduated five seniors. Those first two games we came out and we really weren’t sure of who our leaders were,” she said.
Harper led Metcalfe County on Monday with 15 points, while Davis added 13 and Welsh scored 12. The Lady Hornets will host Hart County at 6 p.m. Tuesday.