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The Lady Cats struggled against the defensive pressure of the Owensboro Catholic Lady Aces last night at ECHS in the season basketball opener, which was part of the All "A" Classic. Edmonson County fell 71-41 against Catholic.
A much smaller and younger Edmonson County team than those in recent years past held their own in the rebounding category, although the Lady Aces held a slight advantage; however, turnovers from the Lady Cats (22) were turned into points for Catholic, which proved to be the difference in this game. The Lady Aces only committed 10 turnovers during the contest.
"There's a lot of inexperience on this team," said Head Coach Bart Weaver. "Girls are going to have to learn to step up. You know, it's not a good team to play you when they're going to press you all the time and you're trying to start the season with some new kids in, but we'll keep working and tomorrow's a better day."
While the scoring was mostly handled by three seniors, Katie Lindsey (14pts), Macie McCombs (12pts), and Shea VanMeter (8pts), several underclassmen are taking on roles they haven't faced before.
Coach Weaver found some positives in the loss with the team effort, as well as VanMeter's 8 points and 6 rebounds off the bench. Weaver also was impressed with sophomore Emma White's performance with 2 points and 5 rebounds off the bench in her very first varsity contest.
"Listen, I love my team and I think by mid-season we'll be a lot better team and we'll execute better," he said.
Also contributing for the Lady Cats were Lily Jayne Vincent (3pts, 5rbs, 3blk), and Hallie Cassady (2pts, 3rbs).
Kinsley Goetz led the Lady Aces with 13 points; however, all 12 OC players scored in the contest.
Edmonson County shot 38% from the field, 36% from behind the arc, and 44% from the free throw line.
The Lady Cats are scheduled to take on Logan County Tuesday night in a JV/V match beginning at 6PM. The Lady Cougars lost all 5 starters from last year's team. Weaver is hoping to cut down on turnovers against Logan County and is looking for the team's first win of the season.