The Henry County Lady Cats hosted Seneca on Saturday afternoon and were clicking on all cylinders as they ran away from the Red Hawks for a 61-22 victory.
The game opened with Henry County going on a 10-0 run led by four points from Haley Bramblett and a basket each from Cheyenne Clark, Colleen Coomes and Shelby Mullins.
Seneca finally got on the scoreboard on a putback with 4:36 left in the opening period. The Lady Cats led after one period by a score of 14-3.
Seneca opened the second period with two consecutive baskets but the Lady Cats scored the next 12 points to lead 26-7 with 3:00 left in the first half. At halftime the Lady Cats led 30-11. Clark had 14 points in the first half while Kim Barmore had eight, all on free throws.
The Red Hawks did a better job offensively in the third period scoring 11 points but the Lady Cats scored 17 to extend the lead to 25 points at 47-22.
The Lady Cats held the Red Hawks scoreless in the final period while scoring 14 points to set the final margin at 39 points.
Nine different Lady Cats scored in the game and were led by Clark with 22 points and Barmore with 14.
Coach Todd Gilley was pleased with the way his team played.
“Our transition game, both offensively and defensively, was as good as it’s been all year,” he said. “I thought our mental focus the entire game kept us improving and learning the whole game.”
Gilley felt the offensive outburst was keyed by several factors.
“We thought all of our kids looked to be offensive in places that made them successful,” Gilley said. “We were very happy with our passing. We did a good job of having our head up and finding the open person, which caused better movement without the ball. It’s really nice to see us playing like that so close to district tournament.”
Western 49 HCHS 37
The Henry County Lady Cats traveled to Louisville on Feb. 11 to take on Western High School and fell to the Warriors 49-37.
The game was close in the first quarter with Western gaining a 14-10 advantage heading into the second period.
The second quarter was the same as Western stretched the margin to eight points at the end of the half.
In the third quarter Henry County tightened up their defense, allowing the Warriors only seven points but the Lady Cats managed only six points themselves and trailed 33-24 going into the final period of play.
“In the third quarter we did a better job of making defensive adjustments but we didn’t offensively so we missed an opportunity to cut the lead or take the lead,” Coach Todd Gilley said.
In the fourth quarter the Lady Cats tried to cut into the lead but were forced to play a style that was more to Western’s liking.
“In the fourth quarter Western forced us out of our zone and we had to chase the game,” Gilley said. They spread the floor and penetrated for easy scores. They were quicker than we were and when they forced us to come out and guard them at half court it created gaps that they exploited for easy shots.
“We didn’t do a good enough job of positioning against a quick, penetrating opponent,” Gilley said.
A bright spot for the Cats was the play of freshman guard Aleah Tuggle, who led the team with 13 points.
“Scoring has been an issue for us and Aleah gave us some scoring,” Gilley said. “She has been developing all year and her performance in this game was a result of all the hard work she’s been putting in and her willingness to work on individual skills.”
The loss dropped Henry County’s record to 10-10 while Western improved to 7-7.
Collegiate 33 HCHS 30
The Collegiate Amazons jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first quarter before the Lady Cats slowly climbed back into the game. By the end of the period the Lady Cats had cut the lead to one point at 9-8.
The second period was all Lady Cats as their defense stiffened and allowed the Amazons only four points. The Lady Cats scored ten points to lead 18-13 at halftime. “We executed our defensive schemes well in the first half,” Gilley said. “It frustrated them and we were able to go into the locker room with a lead. It was a slow-paced game so we couldn’t stretch the lead further before halftime.”
The Amazons regrouped at halftime and turned the tables on the Lady Cats by outscoring them 12-6 to take a one-point lead into the final period.
“They changed momentum early in the half,” Gilley said. “Our first two possessions resulted in turnovers and they got five straight offensive rebounds on their third possession. After they went ahead on those plays, we never looked the same mentally.”
In the fourth quarter the teams found it tough to break down the oppositions defense in the close contest. The Amazons were able to pull out a three-point win by outscoring the Lady Cats 8-6 in the final period.
“Once they got the lead and we were playing catch up and not scoring, it frustrated us,” Gilley said. “With all that, we still put ourselves in position to win it in the last minute. We just couldn’t get the go-ahead basket.”