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It's one that definitely slipped away from the Lady Cats last night at ECHS as the Lady Bears of Butler County overcame a 17-point halftime deficit to defeat Edmonson County 66-65.
Butler County held the Lady Cats to only 5 fourth quarter points as they knocked Edmonson County out of a guaranteed first seed in the upcoming District 12 Tournament, which is scheduled to be hosted by Whitesville Trinity. The seeding will now be determined by a draw between the three tied teams: Edmonson, Butler, and Grayson.
Butler County outscored the Lady Cats 20-5 in the final quarter.
While Edmonson County stuck to their game plan that allowed success for three quarters, untimely turnovers (19) and poor free throw shooting (6/16 =38%) overshadowed excellent rebounding (38 team rebounds), much better shooting (46%, 7/8 from 3pt), and a 29-point, 6 assist performance from senior Katie Lindsey.
Coach Bart Weaver discussed the Lady Bear comeback.
"It's a tough one, especially when you're up by 17 at the half," he said. "We missed some free throws, we missed several loose balls, and those things just add up."
Weaver said the only thing to do after a game like this is look forward and try to learn from the result.
"We were desperately needing a good start, we got a good start. We pounded the boards. We just have to move on and we have to move on, quickly. We have to play Warren East Tuesday night. Don't hang your heads, they gave it all they got, physically. Both teams gave it every ounce of energy that they had."
In addition to Lindsey's 29, Macie McCombs had 15 points and 5 rebounds, Paige Wolfe added 10 points, Lily Jayne Vincent added 7 points and 8 rebounds, Shea VanMeter had 3 points and 9 rebounds, Hallie Cassady added one point and 5 rebounds, and Jaedlyn Simon pulled down 7 rebounds.
It's the 5th consecutive loss for the Lady Cats and they now fall to 4-9 on the season. They are scheduled to take on Warren East at home tonight in a JV/V match with JV set for a 5:30PM tip.