Lady Cats Can't Top Lady Waves, Despite Comeback Effort
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The Lady Cats took only their third loss of the season at the hands of the Meade County Lady Waves in the inaugural Byrd is the Wyrd Classic on Saturday, January 6th, 72-68.
Meade County burned the nets at ECHS as they shot a blistering 89% from 3-point range (8/9), 68% from 2-point range, and hit 83% of their free throws (10/12). The Lady Waves shot a total of 79% from the floor for the entire game.
"You've got to give credit to Meade County, they shot the lights out," said Coach Kevin Jackson. "It's hard to be in a game when a good team shoots that well."
Jackson said he was proud of the effort put forth by the Lady Cats as they fought back from an eleven-point deficit with about two minutes to go in the game. After a three pointer by Caitlin Simon, a forced turnover on Meade, a three-point play by Simon, another forced turnover, two free throws by Lauren Ballance, and another bucket by Simon, who scored 31 points, the Lady Cats tied the score at 68-all with 50 seconds left to go.
Meade County was able to knock down a basket and draw the foul for a three-point play of their own with 40 seconds left to go, to climb back on top 71-68. The Lady Cats had two good looks at three-pointers during their final possession but neither fell and the Lady Waves went on to win, 72-68.
In addition to Simon's 31, Peyton Martin added 10, Logsdon and Ballance each added 7, Harrison had 6, Vincent scored 4, and Collins scored 3.
Edmonson County moves to 13-3 on the season and is scheduled to take on Breckinridge County Tuesday, January 9th at home in a JV/V match beginning at 5:30pm. There will be no live stream or broadcast so all Lady Cat fans are encouraged to attend the game in person.
Senior Peyton Martin was named the Edmonson County nominee for the 2018 Byrd is the Word Classic $1000 scholarship which will be awarded to one senior from one of the six participating teams in this year's classic. The winner will be named later by the appointed scholarship committee. The committee will be made up of representatives from each county, including Edmonson, Meade, Monroe, Allen, Grayson, and Muhlenburg.