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The Edmonson County Lady Cats had no trouble with the Trinity Lady Raiders last night in Whitesville as they cruised to a 69-40 district win, led by Caitlin Simon's 22 points.
The deep bench of the Lady Cats and tough defensive pressure was too much for the Lady Raiders as Edmonson County continued to force turnovers and score in transition.
"Any district win is good and this makes us 4-0 in district play and I'm tickled to death with the way our kids are playing," said Head Coach Kevin Jackson. "Two of our top six or seven players were out tonight, but I thought we still played well."
Regular starter Skylar Lewis was out with a hand injury but is expected to be back in the lineup this week, and guard Chanley Logsdon has been out with an ankle injury.
The Lady Cats never trailed in the game and had already amassed a 21 point lead by halftime. That lead extended into the mid-thirties in the second half and bench players and reserves were able to contribute to the win as all members on the roster saw game action.
"I was really pleased with some of our kids (off the bench) that came in during the first half, and early in the second half," Jackson said. "They gave us some good minutes. Not only did they play good defense, but they stayed involved in our offense. They passed the ball to the open player, they looked for the open shot, and that's what we want, we want to be more of a team. We know Caitlin (Simon) and Peyton (Martin) are as good as anybody around and Maddie (Cline) had a good game tonight, but we gotta have eight or nine kids because of injuries, of foul trouble, so you want those kids to be able to step up and be confident. Games like this, you get to play more kids, the confidence starts to grow, and you hope it carries on."
In addition to Simon's 22 points, she also had 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Peyton Martin added 17 points, 3 rebounds, and 8 assists. Senior Maddie Cline added 11 points.
The remaining box score was: Collins 7, Meredith 5, Goad 3, Alexander 2, and Ballance 2.
The Lady Cats are now 16-6 on the season and currently hold the best record in the 3rd Region. There was no love lost to Trinity's basketball facility, know to most people as "the barn," as last night marked the final game for the Lady Cats in the current gym. Trinity is in the process of building a new gym that is supposed to be completed by next season.
They are scheduled to play Butler County at home this Friday, January 27 in a girl/boy doubleheader beginning at 6pm. It will be the annual basketball homecoming game. Festivities are scheduled to take place between games.