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Eminence girls suffering through more setbacks en route to two more losses

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By Tommie Kendall

Sports Editor

The already shorthanded Eminence Lady Warriors were even more shorthanded last week with injuries to its top two players — Rachel Raisor and Candace Wells — which led to two more basketball losses and a 2-11 start.

Wells missed both the 36-20 loss to Kentucky Country Day last Tuesday and the 38-18 loss to Brown last Thursday because of a low ankle sprain that she suffered the previous week. Meanwhile, Raisor also suffered from a low ankle sprain in the Brown game and had to be sidelined. Both players are questionable on a return.

So far this season, the Lady Warriors have defeated Louisville Collegiate (27-24) and Riverside Christian (71-46), while dropping 11 of their last 12 outings. Now that the two leading scorers and go-to players are sidelined, they will have an even tougher time against opponents that typically try to tire out the Warriors with an in-you-face full-court press.

“I think we are progressing but maybe not as fast as I would like to see,” Eminence coach Carter Martin said of his young squad. “I think we’re getting there so we’ll just have to wait and see how it goes in the next couple of weeks.”

With Wells sidelined, Martin moved Nikki Gamble into the starting lineup against KCD, which also included Raisor, Keelie Dyson, Samantha Congleton and Rachel Metcalfe. KCD went ahead early and built its lead to 14-2 after the first quarter, 23-8 after the second and 27-13 after the third. After trailing by 15 points at the half, the Lady Warriors managed to get outscored by just one point, 13-12, during the final two quarters.

For Eminence, Raisor and Congleton scored seven points each, Chelsea Mathis scored four and Dyson scored two. KCD, who improved its record to 4-3, had just three girls score but had a game-high 19 from its top scorer.

A couple of days after the 16-point loss, the Lady Warriors were back in action on the road against Brown. The Lady Warriors trailed 12-5 after the first quarter, 22-8 at the half and left with a 38-18 loss.

Eminence did have a season-high eight different players score — Gamble with 4, Dyson and Raisor with three each, Katie Mathis, Metcalfe and Chelsea Mathis with two each, and Kaelin Wright and Congleton with one each — but Brown had one player score 15 points and came away with the 20-point victory. Wells was still sidelined for the Lady Warriors and Raisor went to the bench with the ankle injury during the game.

“While I thought we did pretty good against KCD, I didn’t feel like we put forth that much effort against Brown,” Martin said. “I’m not sure what was wrong with us that game.”

The Beechwood game that was scheduled for Saturday was canceled and might be made up at a later date. This week, the Lady Warriors opened the 8th Region All “A” Classic tournament Tuesday against Gallatin County and will play at North Oldham this Saturday.

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