Darren Doyle, story and photos
Lady Cat fans have enjoyed a faster pace and a more aggressive style that Coach Kevin Jackson has recently incorporated, and it proved to be to Edmonson County's advantage last night as the Butler County Lady Bears had trouble keeping up.
Led by Caitlin Simon's 24 points and 6 rebounds, the Lady Cats focused on getting up and down the floor and containing Butler County's post players. Simon and Peyton Martin were effective with dribble drives and pushing the ball all night, and the Lady Bears' leading scorer was held to only 8 points.
Martin also had a solid performance with 21 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, and 4 steals, and Jhonna Basil also landed in double figures with 13 points.
Simon and Martin also shot all the Lady Cat free throws, nailing a combined 17 out of 18, for an impressive 94%.
The Lady Cats led 11-8 after the first, and stretched the lead to 28-15 at the half. They led 42-27 going into the fourth quarter and after hitting free throws down the stretch, finished off the Lady Bears 60-42.
"It's finally starting to come together a little bit," Coach Jackson said. "All the hard work is starting to pay off, and you see the smiles on their faces, and it makes it all worthwhile."
Jackson credited assistant coach Christy Clark for an effective scouting report on the Lady Bears, and the keys to defending their post player, Chloe Flener. "I thought our post players Madelyn Taylor and Tori Browning really did a good job putting a body on her. It's a team effort, but I thought our post players did a great job. In order for that to work, everybody else has to play a good zone, too."
Jackson also said he was pleased with the faster pace, and that when effective, would pose problems for any opponent that his team faced. "If we can score around 60 points with this new style of basketball, pushing a little bit, passing ahead, trying to be aggressive with taking the ball to the hole, and good, solid defense, we can beat anyone on our schedule."
The girls will travel to Trinity on Monday to play in the All A Classic Tournament, where they will either play Owensboro Catholic or McClean County. We will keep you updated on the details, and you can listen to the game live here on WildcatsLive, only on EdmonsonVoice.com.