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Eminence girls’ squad still looking for a victory

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By Tommie Kendall

The Eminence High School girls’ basketball team dropped games to Whitefield Academy and Newport last week, which gave the Lady Warriors an 0-6 start to the season.

Eminence coach Carter Martin said his team played “better” in the 75-32 loss to Whitefield last Friday and “poorly” in the 61-22 loss to Newport on Saturday in the opening game of the Grant County Forcht Bank/Dry Ridge Toyota Holiday Classic. Both games resulted in losses for a squad still trying to put its first check in the win column.

The Warriors, who have extended their losing streak to 10 games, last won against Cornerstone Christian on Feb. 12 of last season.

“I thought we played a lot better against Whitefield but those girls can really shoot,” Martin said. “We did not play well at all against Newport. It was just a poor game for us all the way around.”

The Lady Warriors started the season in disappointment when key post player Rachael Metcalfe tore her ACL just a minute into the season opener against Henry County. Since that time, the roster dwindled to just six players before Martin moved three middle schoolers to the high school level. There are no seniors on this year’s team.

Eminence’s go-to player Rachel Raisor was ejected from the Whitefield game with a flagrant foul and had to sit out against Newport. It moved Meisha Mason to the point guard position.

Eminence did have a big spark from Samantha Congleton against Whitefiled. The sophomore who has developed into an inside presence scored a career-high 22 points and pulled down numerous rebounds. She scored all but 10 of Eminence’s total points.

“It was a really good game for her,” Martin said. “I’m tying to get the team to go inside to her more to open up the outside shot.”

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