Darren Doyle, story and photo:
The Lady Cats fell to Metcalfe County last night in a heartbreaking loss as the game slipped away from Edmonson County in the final seconds.
Edmonson County had to deal with Metcalfe's 6'2" star Mackenzie Coleman, who scored 33 points and grabbed 19 rebounds in the back-and-forth battle. Coleman, who has signed with Tennessee Tech, did it all last night, scoring from both the paint and perimeter, while also rebounding and blocking shots. Coleman's free throw with :24 left was the go-ahead shot that eventually would be the game-winner.
Peyton Martin led the way for the Lady Cats in the exhausting fight as she continually found open lanes to the basket, while getting it done all over the court. Martin finished with 21 points, 5 rebounds, 6 steals, and 3 assists.
Caitlin Simon also impressed with 18 points and 4 rebounds.
The Lady Cats trailed 14-12 after the first quarter but pulled ahead 29-17 at halftime. Metcalfe County was able to climb back on top 44-41 going into the fourth quarter.
Momentum shifted in favor of the Lady Cats in the fourth as their full court press began to cause problems for the Lady Hornets and Edmonson County took advantage by turning the Metcalfe miscues into transition baskets. Martin's steal and layup with 1:12 to go put the Lady Cats up 58-53 and forced a Metcalfe timeout.
Metcalfe County nailed a three pointer on their next possession to shorten their deficit to 58-56 with :50 left. The Lady Cats turned the ball over and were called for a foul with :25.9 on the clock. Edmonson County called timeout after Metcalfe hit their first foul shot to make it 58-57. After the timeout, Metcalfe missed the free throw but Coleman was able to scramble out a rebound and was fouled on her put-back attempt with :24 seconds left.
She hit both free throws as the Lady Hornets took a 59-58 lead. Edmonson County still had a chance for the win as Peyton Martin was fouled in a non-shooting situation with 9.6 seconds left. After a Lady Cat timeout, Martin was able to drive to the basket but her shot was blocked by Coleman. Metcalfe County grabbed the loose ball and held it as time expired.
Also helping the Lady Cats was Chanley Logsdon with 8 points, Abby Alexander had 5, Katlin Collins had 4, Skylar Lewis added 2, and Lauren Ballance scored 2.
The Lady Cats are now 4-3 on the season and are scheduled to play in the Campbellsville Food Pantry Holiday Classic beginning December 21.