A couple of bad quarters sealed the fate of the Lady Cats during last night's loss to Owensboro Catholic in the first round of the Region 3 Tournament at the Sportscenter in Owensboro. ECHS was able to hang with the number 2 rated team in the region during the first quarter, but the second was a different story as a couple of Lady Aces got hot. OC outscored the Lady Cats 18-6 during the second, taking a 32-16 lead into the locker room at the half.
The third quarter was more of the same as the Lady Cats tried to play catch-up, yet trailed 54-28 going into the last quarter. ECHS hoped that maybe some good three point shooting would help the cause, but the girls only shot 17% from 3 on the night. "I thought we had a good game plan," coach Ted Hill said. "We did a good job on defense the first half, we just couldn’t make any shots. We rushed some shots when we should have been more patient." Hill said his team fell victim to unforced turnovers and OC took advantage. "Catholic made a run on us at the end of the 2nd quarter when we didn’t take care of the ball.. We shut down their best player (Berry) the entire game, but Moore really hurt us. Jhonna Basil did a great job on Berry. "
Offensively, the Lady Cats were led by Caitlin Simon with 13 points and 3 rebounds. Senior Brandi Lindsey scored 9 points and dished out 9 assists in her final game as a Lady Cat. Peyton Martin added 7 points and 4 rebounds and Madelyne Taylor scored 2 while grabbing 6 rebounds.
Other Lady Cat scorers were Jhonna Basil with 4, Skylar Lewis with 2, Senior Ceirra Whitman with 2, and Tori Browning added 3 with 3 rebounds.
The Lady Cats finished their season with a 12-16 record. Brandi Lindsey tweeted this after the game: "Basketball has been so good to me. It has given me friendships that will last a lifetime. It will always be my first love." (@b3lindsey). Senior Ceirra Whitman also said, "Thanks to all my teammates and coaches for making my senior year great! I wouldn't trade it for the world. Love you all. #LCN" (@CeirraW).
Coach Hill was still very optimistic with the squad that will return next year. "The future looks good here. We have a lot of young kids that have gained valuable varsity experience. This should pay off in the long run."
The Edmonson Voice salutes all the Lady Cats and their coaching staff. Thanks for playing your hearts out, all of Edmonson County is proud.
Edmonson Voice Staff