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Improved defense and rebounding the second half was key for the Lady Cats as they notched another district win on the road last night in Whitesville.
Edmonson County wanted to push the ball against the Lady Raiders last night but some early turnovers and transition points from Trinity altered that plan in the first. At times the Lady Cats couldn't buy a bucket with a coupon code in the first half, shooting only 23% from the field and missing all 6 of their 3-point attempts. Their free throw shooting was also bad (55%) in the first half, but their defense and rebounding kept them in the game, despite an 8-2 run from the Lady Raiders to end the second quarter as EC trailed 23-22 at the half.
But it was the defense and rebounding that got turned up a couple clicks in the third quarter as they began to force turnovers and convert on the offensive end. A shot began to fall here, a three-pointer there, and it seemed Edmonson was getting to all the loose balls. The Lady Cats outscored Trinity 15-5 in the third quarter to take a 37-28 lead that they'd never lose again. The Lady Cats won 59-45.
Edmonson County had four starters in double figures and nearly two of them with double-doubles. Emma Rose Vincent led in scoring with 16 points while grabbing 7 points, (also 4 assists), Lauren Ballance added 15 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists, and Katie Lindsey added 12 points, 3 rebounds, and 5 assists.
Madison Harrison put up very impressive numbers in her complete game with 10 points, 10 rebounds, 4 blocked shots, and 4 assists.
"Being down one point at the half and shooting 23%, and making 7 turnovers in the first half, that didn't make me feel too good," said Head Coach Bart Weaver. He then discussed the second half.
"We got quite a few transition points in the second half and I thought that was key. We had 14 turnovers, which is two more than I wanted, but it's a road win in the district."
"There's not a game that goes by, any team that I'm coaching, that the first few minutes of the third quarter is the biggest part of the game. That made me proud right there, that they took care of something that I tell them almost everyday."
Macie McCombs finished with 3 points and 3 rebounds. Edmonson County wound up shooting 34% from the field, 18% from three point, and 68% from the line. While the shooting percentage won no awards last night, they swiped 36 rebounds as a team, compared to only 16 by Trinity. They also forced 21 turnovers against the Lady Raiders.
Edmonson County is now 7-7 on the season and 2-1 in District 12 play. They are scheduled to take on Logan County on Monday on the road with a tip time of 7:30pm.