Story and Photos by Joseph Barkoff:
The Edmonson County Lady Cats, coming off an overtime win on the road, ferociously doubled up the visiting Trinity (Whitesville) Lady Raiders 60-30 in the make-up game girls-boys-double header Saturday, January 13th in Brownsville.
Both games were originally scheduled for the previous night but cancelled due to inclement weather, and then rescheduled for the following afternoon at 2PM.
The Lady Cats came out purring and ready to pounce with a full-court press from the first defensive possession.
“Why wait at the half court and let them be comfortable bringing ball up the floor, when we can speed ‘em up,” Lady Cats head coach Jody Booth said after the game.
"That’s just our mindset."
It’s not a new mindset, but signs the team is maturing and adding another level of play to their arsenal.
“It’s definitely, you know, a lot more work, but it’s more rewarding because we get more steals and stuff like that,” junior forward Julie Norris said after the game.
Booth thinks it brings more energy for his team, he said.
“We’ve got the quickness and the speed,” Booth said. “That’s what we are trying to do, is pick up more. Try to get more options out of our full court pressure.”
Going forward he would like to continue being more aggressive because he feels the team can show the district they are here, he said.
“We’ve got quick guards and then we’ve got Cariann (Williams) waiting there in the paint, so it helps out a whole lot,” Booth said.
Both teams were slow to score early in the first quarter. Edmonson led 2-0 for the first couple minutes, then Trinity tied it up and Edmonson sprang into action going on a 6-0 run pushing the score to 8-2.
Trinity battled back and got within one point twice, but it would not be enough.
The Lady Cats went on an eight-point run to end the first quarter 17-9.
“I think it went pretty well,” Norris said. “We had a couple of rough moments, but we pulled it out in the end.”
Norris acknowledged it wasn’t as much a “rough moment” as it was maybe some lazy passing converted into steals and fast breaks early in the first quarter.
Because the second quarter opened with Lady Cats extending their run against visiting Lady Raiders and increasing the lead into double digits.
It wasn’t until 1:41 left in the first half where the Lady Raiders scored again, ending an unanswered 21-point run for the Lady Cats making the score 30-10.
The first half ended with Lady Cats in the lead 30-14 and by the end of the third quarter they had almost doubled them, 43-22.
The last few minutes of the game saw some of the younger players enjoying playing time and Lady Cats were able to hold on to the doubled-up score with a final score of 60-30.
Some after game unofficial stats according to the live broadcast on Edmonson Voice are sophomore center Cariann Williams had another double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds, junior guard Jenna Cook had 15 points and 7 rebounds, junior guard Kennadi Swihart had 3 points and 3 rebounds, freshman guard Shelby Sowders had 14 points and 7 rebounds, and Norris had 4 points on the night.
The next scheduled game for Lady Cats is home against Green County Monday, Jan. 15th at 5:30PM, though the weather may have a difference of opinion. The next scheduled broadcast, including photos and an article following will be another boy-girl double-header on the road Jan. 19th in Butler County starting at 6PM on Friday.