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EHS girls win season opener for first time in a long time

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By Tommie Kendall

For the first time in at least 10 years, the Eminence girls’ basketball team won its season opener with a 27-24 win over Louisville Collegiate Friday night.

It was just the start the Lady Warriors were looking for.

Coming off a season that included a 3-23 overall record and a disappointing 64-9 first-round tournament loss to Shelby County, the Lady Warriors trailed early in their season opener before going in front and hanging on down the stretch for the three-point victory. Collegiate was in front 14-13 at the half before the Lady Warriors managed to outscore Collegiate 14-10 during the final two quarters.

For the visiting Lady Warriors, Candace Wells led the way with 11 points. Rachel Raisor scored six points, Rachel Metcalfe scored four points, Keelie Dyson scored three points, Chelsea Mathis scored two points and Samantha Congleton scored one point. Six different players scoring was a big plus for a team that usually relies on a majority of it’s output from just a few players.

“Raisor was not the leading scorer, which shows me the girls are starting to grasp the concept that she doesn’t have to be the leading scorer for this team to be successful,” Eminence coach Carter Martin said. “Other teams are keying in on her so we have to have others step up. And I thought they did.”

Like previous seasons, Raisor was being double teamed and trapped the entire night but was able to find her open teammates for baskets, which led to the win.

While it was Eminence’s first game of the season, Collegiate was coming off a 47-25 loss to Whitefield Academy just three days earlier, which left them with an 0-2 start.

After the Collegiate win, Eminence was back in action the following night at Silver Grove. The two teams were held to just two points apiece during the first quarter but Silver Grove went in front during the second quarter, held a 10-8 lead at the half and pulled away to the 32-17 win.

“With our girls I was very happy with the improvements from one game to the next,” he said. “I honestly thought we played better in game two than game one.”

Raisor scored five points, while Metcalfe scored four, Wells and Congleton scored three each and Dyson added two.

“I was happy with our first week,” Martin said. “It will take me a while to really get a handle on things and figure out our strengths and weaknesses.”

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