Darren Doyle, story
Laney Meredith, photos
The Lady Cats have implemented a new style of play over the course of this season that involves pushing the ball and increasing the overall tempo of the game. If they're putting up 55+ points per game, Coach Jackson has said that his team will be in a good position to win.
So wait, according to the headline, did the Lady Cats score 60 points last night? Yes, plus more...60 points was the margin of victory last night at ECHS as the Lady Cats demolished the Trinity Lady Raiders 76-16 in their final regular season district game of the season.
"I'm really pleased with the kids," said Coach Jackson. "You talk about a total team effort, and we had it tonight. All 18 of our kids got into the game and 13 of them scored. We're proud of our seniors. It may have been the best overall effort from them all season long."
The seniors combined for a total of 32 points, 12 of which came from Jhonna Basil, and another 9 came from Rachael Duncan, who connected on 3 of 4 three pointers.
The Lady Cats simply outmatched Trinity in the extremely lopsided game, but Jackson used it as learning opportunities for his younger reserves. Some might see the score as "running up the scoreboard," but that definitely wasn't the case, as Jackson regularly used his entire roster, including four 8th graders and two freshmen.
"I had a referee come to me after the game and told me he appreciated the fact we got all of our kids into the game," Jackson said. "He said they go some places and they don't do that, so that made us feel good, and we're glad our younger ones got in and get a little taste of it."
Leading the Lady Cats in scoring was Caitlin Simon with 16 points, while Peyton Martin added 5 points with 11 assists. Also getting in the books was Katlin Collins with 7, Tori Browning added 6, and Madelyne Taylor had 5.
The remaining box score was: Cline 2, Harrison 5, Doyle 3, Dishon 2, Vincent 2, Ballance 2.
The Lady Cats will take on Greenwood Friday night at home, which will be senior night, the last game at ECHS for seniors Jhonna Basil, Rachael Duncan, Tori Browning, and Madelyne Taylor. Girls will tip at 6pm with the boys game beginning immediately after.
You can listen to the live action on Edmonson County's home for ECHS sports, WildcatsLive on EdmonsonVoice.com.