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In their only basketball game last week, the Henry County Ladycats jumped back on the winning side with a 53-41 victory at Grant County on Saturday night.
The Ladycats, who were coming off important losses to 31st District teams Carroll County and Owen County the week before, improved to 7-8 with the Grant win. Grant dropped to 6-10.
Grant scored eight of its first nine possessions and was ahead 16-13 after the first quarter. Henry then held Grant to just 25 points the rest of the way, winning by 12 points.
“We did much better after that slow start,” HCHS coach Todd Gilley said. “We upped our level and that made a huge difference in the game.”
Grant’s hot start eventually fizzled out and Henry took command.
During the second-quarter stretch, Henry limited Grant to just three points — all from the free-throw line with no made field goals. The Ladycats were in front 25-19 at the half. Gilley said his team’s defense and rebounding continued to improve the whole game while the offense remained steady.
The Ladycats out-rebounded the taller Grant team and handled the press very well, Gilley said. “They had a 6-1 athletic center and another player who was 5-11 and athletic as well, so we did very good on the boards. And after that first quarter, we defended them really well, too.”
Gilley also wanted to point out the fact that his team hit 18 free throws, while limiting Grant to just 14 attempts from the line.
Jessica Booher led Henry with 16 points, while Brittany Crawford and Kelsey Mings had around 10 points each to help spark the win. But Gilley said the biggest contributors were those who did not score many points — Taylor Clark had four points, Tyler Sadler had two and Kelley Everidge had zero but all three provided big play.
“That’s one thing that stuck out from this game,” Gilley said of the play from Clark, Sadler and Everidge. “They did so many other things. They did the little things that set up the big scores.”
The Ladycats started the season at 3-0 before dropping five of their next six games. They are 3-3 since that time with an overall 7-8 mark. They host Williamstown this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Gallatin County this Saturday at 7:30 in their final 31st District game during the regular season.
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