Monroe County Overcomes Big Deficit To Win 59-58
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A 17-point lead slipped away from the Lady Cats Saturday at the Ken Byrd Classic at ECHS as Monroe County powered their way back to defeat Edmonson County 59-58 in overtime.
A solid start from the Lady Cats put them in a good position for success with a 14-6 first quarter. The beat went on in the second quarter and Edmonson County enjoyed a 35-21 lead at the half, led in part by senior Chanley Logsdon's 12 first half points.
Half number two was a different story as Monroe refused to go away and the Lady Cats slowly allowed them back into the game. The Lady Falcons started crashing the boards and they figured out a way to stop the bleeding from 13 first half turnovers. Monroe County only turned the ball over three times in the second half and cut their deficit to 11 going into the final quarter. Just before their surge, Edmonson County led by as many as 17 points in the third quarter.
Edmonson County went ice cold in the fourth quarter, allowed Monroe County to have open looks at the basket, and struggled with rebounding as the Lady Falcons outscored the Lady Cats 15-4 in the fourth quarter. Logsdon was held scoreless in the second half.
Monroe County took a 52-49 lead with a couple of free throws with a minute to go. On the next possession, Edmonson's Mia Goad nailed a three in the corner to tie the score with 48 seconds left. Monroe had chance to win at the end of regulation but a missed shot at the buzzer forced the game to overtime.
The extra period began with the Lady Cats taking a 56-52 lead but foul trouble for the second night in a row for Edmonson County allowed Monroe opportunities at the free throw line and the score was tied at 57 with 45 seconds left in overtime. On the next Lady Cat possession, Logsdon drove to the basket and drew plenty of contact, but was assessed with a charging foul. Monroe's Ella Massingille knocked down both free throws to give the Lady Falcons a 59-57 lead.
Mia Goad was fouled on the next possession and hit one of two free throws to cut the Monroe's lead to 59-58, which would be the final score.
Lauren Ballance led the Lady Cats with 15 points and 7 rebounds and Logsdon added 12 points and 5 assists. Katie Lindsey scored 11, Mia Goad added 9, Madison Harrison added 8, and Emma Vincent had 3.
The Lady Cats are now 10-5 on the season and are scheduled to take on Logan County at home on Tuesday, January 8th at 6pm for a JV/V girls game only.