Breckinridge Advances Over Edmonson 52-40
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A poor shooting first half put the Lady Cats in an uphill climb that was too much to overcome in the second half as Breckinridge put an end to an otherwise successful season for Edmonson County last night at the Owensboro Sportscenter at the Region 3 Tournament.
It seemed as though the basket had lid fastened down during the first quarter for Edmonson County as the girls managed only two field goals and one free throw. Breckinridge suffered some of the same, but managed to take a 9-5 lead after one; however, Edmonson's offensive troubles continued in the second while the Lady Tigers capitalized on some Lady Cat turnovers and were also able to connect on some three-point shots.
Edmonson trailed 26-16 at the half. While the Lady Cats had a much better showing in the second half, they simply traded baskets with Breckinridge, which wasn't enough to overcome the early deficit.
Coach Bart Weaver said there were a few things that didn't go their way and it resulted in the end of their season.
"I was really disappointed in the first half," he said. "There are times when we don't shoot well and we make up for it with defense and rebounding, but it just seemed like we weren't going for loose balls in the first half. We weren't going for rebounds. This may sound crazy, but we were worried about blocking out and the ball was coming down and we just weren't grabbing it. It's just little things like that. We played them even in the second half, and Chad (Moorman, coach) had a good game plan, but our Achilles heel the whole entire has been shooting, and he went zone on us and made us shoot. We were able to get it inside some, but I had my wings and they wouldn't shoot. That's why people play you zone."
The Lady Cats were led offensively by Emma Rose Vincent with 10 points and 6 rebounds. She became the third member of the team to accumulate 500 career rebounds, joining Madison Harrison and Lauren Ballance.
Lily Jayne Vincent had 9 points and 6 rebounds, Macie McCombs had 8 points, Ballance added 6 points and 9 rebounds, Katie Lindsey had 4 points, and Harrison had 3 points and 5 rebounds. The Lady Cats shot 41% from the field, 50% from the free throw line, and only 18% from three-point range.
It was the final game for four seniors: Madison Harrison, Lauren Ballance, Emma Rose Vincent, and Mia Goad, who missed the majority of the season with an ankle injury.
The first round loss was obviously not the result the Lady Cats wanted last night; however, the team's success speaks for itself over the last few years, specifically the past two.
The Lady Cats lost two of their all-time leading scorers at the end of the 2017-18 season in Caitlin Simon (#1--2,564 points) and Peyton Martin (#4--1,740 points) and their head coach Kevin Jackson, which left doubts for the following season; however, the addition of coach Bart Weaver yielded positive results last year as Edmonson County continued winning with a 24-8 record and repeated as District 12 Champions for the first time since 1995.
This team won it's third consecutive district title this year, which is the first time in school history a Lady Cat basketball team has done so.
"I've always said I'm truly blessed," Weaver said. "I'm blessed to be in Edmonson County and I'm blessed to have these girls for two years. "You know, these seniors--I'll tell you what--they've had four appearances in the region and back-to-back-to-back district champs."
Weaver also went on to note that this year's seniors have had a combined number of 96 team wins, going back to their freshman seasons.
"I just can't say enough about them and their character. I told them I'd have never left my buddy Mac if it weren't for the character of these girls. I knew they could be good when a lot of people doubted them and they're unbelievable students. It's just been a blessing for me and it's going to be hard to say goodbye to these four girls."