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Friday night the Warriors girls’ team found the basket often on their way to their highest offensive output of the young season against Heritage Academy, 55-25.
The Warriors jumped on top using a new defensive weapon and then cruised to a lopsided win.
“This was the first game that we used our press and I was very happy with it considering it was our first time,” coach Bill Covington said. We scored a lot of points off turnovers in the first quarter and did a really good job on the boards.
“We backed out of it because of foul trouble but we got what we wanted out of it. We got our feet wet with it.”
The Warriors were up 14-2 after one period and 26-9 at halftime. Even though the Warriors backed off their press after halftime, they managed to put together their best scoring quarter by far of the season as they scored 23 points to the Eagles’ 6.
The final period was played evenly as both teams scored 6 points.
Covington spread the praise around to his team after the game. “GaiLynn Carroll had 11 points and did a really good job of running the offense despite having 3 fouls in the first half,” he said. “Sherry Brees had a good all-around game with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Savannah Mertz had 13 points and had her best game because she played within the offense. Tiffany Thomas played well defensively and Mesha Cooper was strong on the boards. It was one of our more well-rounded games.”
But Covington was concerned with one area of his team’s game in particular. “I was disappointed that we missed 13 free throws. That is something we work on at every practice,” he said. “It was good performance though. I was very happy with them.”
Covington was already looking ahead to a tough week on the road.
He said, “This is a tough week with 3 road games, so we’ll find out what we’re made of.”
KCD 41 EHS 31
The Eminence Warriors picked up their first win of the season last week against the Kentucky School for the Deaf, only to fall later in the week to Kentucky Country Day.
The Warriors made a valiant comeback attempt but fell short as the Bearcats held on for the 41-31 win.
Foul trouble hampered the Warriors in the first half. Sherry Brees and GaiLynn Carroll each picked up three fouls early as the Warriors were forced to come out of their 2-3 zone defense as KCD found the openings and hit from long range.
The Warriors switch to man-to-man defense worked at first as KCD struggled to get into an offense, but the fouls began to pile up and the Warriors were forced back into their zone defense.
“We are working on our man-to man defense,” Covington said. “It’s a work in progress, but I was pleased with the effort.”
After one period KCD, had built a 7-point lead at 13-6, and after starting slow in the second period, the Bearcats stretched the lead out to 22-10 at halftime.
The Bearcats had three 3-pointers in the first half, all of which came against the zone defense.
In the second half, the Warriors made some adjustments to their 2-3 defense and were able to shut down the Bearcats’ outside shooting, but Brees found herself headed to the bench early again when she picked up her fourth foul only 15 seconds after halftime.
The Warriors fought gamely without her and managed to stay within striking distance as the Bearcats outscored them by just 3 points in the third period. Going into the fourth period the score was KCD 35 Eminence 20.
The Warriors showed great determination in the final period as they outplayed and outhustled the Bearcats for rebounds and loose balls. The Warriors won the period 11-6 due largely to the fact that Brees — who played only about eight minutes of the first three quarters — was able stay in the final period and contribute 7 points and several rebounds. But the Warriors rally came up short as the Bearcats held on for the 10-point victory.
Mesha Cooper led the Warriors in scoring with 11 points, followed by Brees with 7.
Covington was pleased with the teams resiliency and effort, especially in the second half.
“We outscored them in the second half,” he said. “If we could put the Henry County first half with the KCD second half, we would have a complete game. I was proud of the way we played hard the second half, I was really impressed with our hustle. We were on the floor, we were after the loose balls and that’s something we haven’t always done.”
EHS 48, KSD 11
The Eminence Warriors girls’ basketball team traveled to Danville on Dec. 11 to take on the Colonels of the Kentucky School for the Deaf and came away with their first victory of the season in a game that they controlled from the outset.
The Warriors blanked the Colonels in the opening period while racking up 16 points themselves. From there it was an opportunity for Coach Bill Covington to play all his players and work on sustaining effort for 32 minutes.
“We were able to play everyone for at least 2 quarters,” he said. “We played well. The girls were happy to get a win and I was happy for them. Unfortunately, in the second half we lost our intensity and I was a little disappointed with that.”
The Warriors went into the locker room with a 28-3 lead. They outscored the Colonels 21 to 8 in the second half to set the final 37-point margin.
“In the first half we were very aggressive, we played well and dominated the game,” Covington said. “It was a good game for us. We did a really good job rebounding and we played well as a team.”