EHS falls to Gallatin, Lloyd Memorial

-A A +A
By Greg Woods


The Eminence Warriors hosted the Gallatin County Lady Wildcats Dec. 4 in their second district matchup of the season and fell by 17 after getting off to a good start.

The Warriors opened up a 9-4 lead early in the first period after Lexi Tillett hit a layup, Tavi West nailed a 3-pointer and Aaliyah Bailey scored on a put back finished of the 9-2 run with two free throws.

West pushed the lead out to six points with another 3-pointer with 3:24 left in the period before Gallatin hit a runner 14 seconds later. Emilie Ethington answered with a runner in the lane as the teams traded baskets.

With 2:07 left in the opening period, West drained another long-range bomb to make it 17-10.

The Lady Wildcats answered with a 3-pointer of their own before West drove to the basket to make it 19-13 with 54 seconds left. Ethington followed that with a layup with 20 seconds to go to make it 21-13 before the Lady Wildcats scored in the paint with five seconds left to make it 21-16 going into the second period.

Gallatin County picked up their defensive intensity in the second period and it caught the Warriors off guard. The Lady Wildcats outscored the Warriors 22-0 in the second frame to lead 37-21.

The Warriors recovered somewhat during the halftime break and managed to keep Gallatin County in sight but the Lady Wildcats outscored the Warriors 20-12 to lead 57-33 going into the final period of play.

Ethington hit two free throws then made a steal and laid it in for a quick four points to open the scoring in the fourth period.

The Warriors continued to battle and chip away at the lead but they could never fully recover from the second period onslaught and eventually lost by 17 points despite outscoring Gallatin 24-18 in the final period.

“We lost our mental focus in the second period,” EHS Coach Jerry Skeeter said. “The girls may have gotten too excited about how well they performed early against a team they haven’t beaten before.

“We need to keep our mental toughness throughout the game, even when our opponents go on a run. I was pleased with how we played after the second period. We tried to dig ourselves of the hole. We didn’t give up.”

West led the Warriors with 16 points while hitting four 3-pointers. Bailey added 15 points and 12 rebounds. Ethington scored 14 points, Tillett contributed seven points, Faithe Axline tallied three points and Camille Scott rounded out the scoring with two points.

Kaylee Terrell led the Lady Wildcats with 23 points while Ellie Oldendick added 18 to their total.

“I was proud of Aaliyah’s play in the third and fourth quarter,” Skeeter said. “She went hard after rebounds and went up strong in the paint. Emilie also played well with 11 rebounds to go with her 14 points. She maintained focus on the court, especially when they wee applying pressure in the third and fourth period.

“Tavi got us off to a good start,” Skeeter continued. “When she learns to maintain focus throughout the game she can be a really special player.”

The Warriors fell to 1-3 on the season with loss while Gallatin County improved to 3-0.

Lloyd Memorial 57 EHS 54

The Warriors hosted the Lady Juggernauts Thursday night and lost a tightly contested game as Lloyd came from behind in the fourth period to get the victory.

Eminence led 47-43 after a 3-pointer by Ethington with 4:20 left in the game, but Lloyd responded with a 5-0 run to take a 50-47 lead with 2:12 left in the game.

Ethington stopped the run with two free throws at 1:53.

After Lloyd hit two free throws to restore their three-point lead, Ethington hit a 25-foot 3-point shot to tie the score with 35 seconds left.

The Warriors fouled the Lady Juggernauts on heir next possession and they were able to convert both free throws to lead 54-52 with 27 seconds left.

After an empty possession by the Warriors, Lloyd had a chance to put the game away when they were fouled to stop the clock. But the Lady Juggernauts made only one of two free throws to lead 55-52 with 20 seconds left.

The Warriors hurried the ball down the floor and Kenya Vargas took the ball to the basket and was fouled with 8.8 seconds left. She hit both free throws to cut the lead to one point.

The Warriors applied full court pressure but were unable to steal the inbounds pass and had to foul quickly to stop the clock.

The Lady Juggernauts hit both free throws to make it a three-point game with 7.1 seconds left. 

Eminence called timeout to try and set up a 3-pointer for Ethington but Lloyd would not allow her to get a good shot off and time ran out as the Warriors scrambled for the rebound.

The game was back and forth all night as Eminence trailed 10-8 at the end of the first period but came back to outscore the Lady Juggernauts 15-13 in the second period to send the game to halftime knotted at 23 points.

Eminence led 38-37 going into the final period. Lloyd’s biggest lead of the game came early in the second period when they went ahead 17-10 while Eminence never led by more than six points.

Ethington led the Warriors with 24 points. Scott and Bailey added 10 points each, West, who was in foul trouble all night, was held to seven points and Vargas added three points. 

Eminence hit 14 of 28 free throws for 50 percent while Lloyd hit 23 of 30 foul shots for 76.6 percent.

But Skeeter thought field goal percentage was a bigger factor.

“We shot 35 percent from two-point range,” Skeeter said. “And most of those were inside five feet. If we hit those shots, we are not in that spot late in the game. We have to finish better, especially around the basket.

“Defensively, we have to get back quicker. They had a lot of run outs. We were aggressive in our half court defense and got some steals. Camille Scott had three steals. She anticipates the pass well.”

Skeeter was pleased with the play of his point guard, Ethington, and his center, Bailey.

“Emilie had another impressive showing with 24 points and she handled the ball well,” Skeeter said. “Aaliyah had another double-double with 12 rebounds. She continues to improve and gain confidence.”

The Warriors fell to 1-4 on the season while Lloyd remained unbeaten at 3-0.