Although the Lady Cats suffered their first loss of the season last night to Daviess County, fans were still glad to see Head Coach Kevin Jackson back on the hardwood at ECHS.
The Lady Panthers were very effective with their zone defense against the Lady Cats that not only clogged up the paint, but also limited three point opportunities for EC. Edmonson County had been somewhat successful from three point range in their previous games, but were only able to attempt 6 of them last night, making only one of them for a miserable 17% from beyond the arc.
The Lady Cats found a bright spot in the first half from senior Jhonna Basil with 12 first half points, as she was able to connect on mid range jumpers. She finished with 15 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals.
Sophomore guard Peyton Martin was more aggressive in the second half with dribble drives that created more offensive opportunities for the Lady Cats. She finished with 15 points, 6 assists, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals.
Assistant Coach Barry Booth spoke of the effective defense from Daviess County. "They were long and athletic," he said. "They made it tough for us to get good shots. There are some things we're going to work on, but Daviess County is a good basketball team."
The Lady Cats were in it the entire way as they trailed 16-13 after the first, and 25-21 at the half. The Lady Panthers were able to increase their lead to 42-36 after the third. EC was forced to foul during the last couple of minutes and Daviess County hit their free throws to make it a final score of 57-45.
Sophomore Caitlin Simon added 11 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 steals in the effort. Also helping out was aggressive play by sophomore Katlin Collins, who grabbed 4 rebounds off the bench. Senior Madelyn Taylor scored 4 points and swiped 3 rebounds.
The Lady Cats are now 3-1 on the season and will travel to Greenwood to take on the Lady Gators in a girl/boy doubleheader on Friday night. You can listen to the live broadcast on WildcatsLive, only on EdmonsonVoice.com. Tip off is scheduled for 6pm.