Edmonson County Secures #1 Seed For District Tournament: Weaver Says His Team Looking To Make Statement
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Edmonson County scored their second lowest point total of the season last night (32) against district rival Grayson County; but the Lady Cats also held Grayson to their second lowest point total of the season (31), which was enough to win their last regular season district game of the year.
Most importantly, the win secured their number one seed in the upcoming district tournament, which will be hosted at Edmonson County this year, beginning on February 19th.
Edmonson County has enjoyed a winning record this year (17-7), which is likely a surprise for many. The team not only lost two of their leading scorers from last year, but also two of the top 5 leading scorers in Lady Cat basketball history, which were Caitlin Simon and Peyton Martin.
Although Head Coach Bart Weaver has coached high school sports for more than 30 years, this season marks the first time he's sat at the helm of a girls' basketball program. When asked if his team was looking to make a statement this season, his reply was simple.
"Yes sir. Yes sir," he said. "Our girls still carry that chip. Even before the season started-- and they still carry it now, as well as myself."
While there are still five regular season games remaining and the district tournament (which can be wildly unpredictable), Edmonson County is in a favorable position to be the first Lady Cat team to repeat as district champions since the 1994 and '95 teams.
Edmonson County only shot 25% from the field against Grayson, were edged in the rebounding category (28-26), and had no players score in double figures; however, they kept their turnovers down (12) and found a way to win, despite two consecutive open shot attempts from the Lady Cougars at the buzzer that would've won it.
"We did all the wrong things to finish a game," Weaver said with a grin. "We missed free throws, we missed that layup at the end of the game that was huge, but I told them--good teams find a way to win, despite the adversity. We've had a few games like that this year, none bigger than this one. They just kept fighting and kept fighting."
Senior Chanley Logsdon hit what would be the game winner with 1 minute remaining in the game. Edmonson County trailed 29-30 when Logsdon buried a three on the right side that gave Edmonson County the lead for good. It was only Edmonson's second three of the game, both by Logsdon.
Grayson County would manage only one more point off a free throw as they missed two opportunities for the win on the last possession of the game. Logsdon led the Lady Cats with 8 points.
Also scoring for the Lady Cats: Katie Lindsey and Madison Harrison had 7 each, Emma Vincent and Mia Goad had 4 each, and Lauren Ballance had 2.
Edmonson County will host Caverna at home on Monday in a G/B doubleheader, which will be broadcast live with audio and video on the Edmonson Voice.