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Consistent play is key for Henry County Ladycats

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By Tommie Kendall

After a 42-36 win over Owen County on Jan. 11, the Henry County Ladycats dropped two basketball games the following week, which left them at 3-12 overall. The Cats lost to Walton-Verona (59-43) last Monday and Spencer County (54-36) Friday.

Kelsey Mings combined for 21 points and Jessica Booher 15, but it wasn't enough.

"One thing I was interested in seeing is how we responded after the Owen win," Henry coach Todd Gilley said. "It definitely wasn't the way we wanted things to go. One thing we need to do is learn how to continue to grow after some success. Being consistent is something we have to establish."

Walton-Verona used a dominating second-quarter performance, outscoring Henry 25-12 in the eight-minute stretch to grab a 33-19 lead at the half. The Lady Bearcats then cruised in for the 16-point victory.

For Henry, Booher and Brittany Crawford scored seven points each to lead the squad. Mings and Jean-Anne Moore added six points each, Taylor Clark scored five, Kelley Everidge and Allison Vaughn scored three points apiece, and Jenny Kozora, Tyler Sadler and Hannah Embs scored two points each.

The Ladycats were back in action Friday night when they hosted Spencer. The Spencer Lady Bears were in front 16-15 after the first quarter, Henry was in front 26-25 after the second and Spencer used a 21-5 third quarter to go back in front for good.

Mings led Henry with 15 points, while Booher scored eight, Clark scored six, Moore and Kozora scored three apiece, and Allison Taylor finished with one.

Thanks to a three-pointer from Booher, two three-pointers from Clark in consecutive trips down the court and six points from Mings, the Ladycats were in front for much of the opening quarter. The teams played back and forth during the second quarter before Spencer eventually pulled away during the third.

"Spencer played a match-up zone and when our players just stand around, it makes their job very easy," Gilley said. "We have to move without the ball."

With the win, Spencer improved to 7-7 while Henry dropped to 3-12. The Ladycats will host Walton-Verona this Thursday in a rematch and then travel four miles down the road the following day to take on cross-town rivals, the Eminence Lady Warriors.

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