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Lady Cats defeat Warriors

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Lose to Gallatin, Walton

By Greg Woods

The Henry County Lady Cats traveled to Warsaw on Jan. 29 to take on the Gallatin County Lady Wildcats and fell 58-37. The Lady Cats trailed by just nine points at the break but a slow start in the third quarter sealed the game for Gallatin County.

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In the first period the Lady Wildcats jumped out to a 13-5 lead but Henry County came back in the second period and played them evenly. The Lady Wildcats were only able to add one point to their lead going into the locker room.

“We missed several shots in the paint on put backs,” Coach Todd Gilley said. “We were working very hard but the shots didn’t go in. We also made some turnovers that were unforced because we threw it to get rid of it.”

Gilley thought depth helped the Lady Cats in the second period.

“We were a little deeper and they showed some fatigue and we didn’t,” Gilley said. “We started to find some gaps against their pressure. We were able to get the ball in scoring position because of that.”

Gilley was disappointed that his team didn’t build on the momentum of the second period as his team fell farther behind at the start of the third period.

“We forgot to start the second half,” he said. “You would have thought that after having some success in the first half that we would have started better in the third, but it didn’t happen. We consistently got beat up the floor in transition. We basically lost in the first few minutes of the third quarter.”

The Lady Cats had one last run in them but it was too little, too late.

“Early in the fourth period we cut it to eight points but they pushed it back out in the end,” Gilley said.

Gilley was pleased with his guards’ ability to handle Gallatin’s pressure.

“Our point guards did a good job taking care of the ball but our other players did not,” he said.

Gilley felt that Cheyenne Clark and Ashton Pennington stood out in the game.

“I thought Cheyenne did a great job of keeping her composure while Gallatin was putting pressure on her when she had the ball,” he said. “Ashton did a good job again of putting herself in good scoring positions at the correct times.”

HCHS 50 EHS 15

The Lady Cats traveled to Eminence on Thursday to take on the Warriors and came away with a 35-point win. The Lady Cats jumped on top with good half court defense and got several steals early to take a 10-0 lead. Cheyenne Clark got three steals out front in the first two minutes of the game and the Cats converted those steals into points.

The Warriors’Taviana West broke the run with a pull up jumper at the foul line with 4:18 to go.

The Lady Cats added three more points on a lay up by Haley Bramblett and a free throw by Kim Barmore to make it 13-2 at the end of the first period.

Both teams struggled to score in the second period as Eminence’s zone defense troubled the Lady Cats while the Warriors continued to have difficultly with the Lady Cats’ tough defense. Barmore scored on a put back for the Cats to open the scoring in the period before Colleen Coomes got on the board with an inside bucket to make it 17-2.

At 5:46 Clark got a steal and lay up to make it 19-2 before Jasmine Adams hit a 12-footer for the Warriors to make it 19-4.

Aleah Tuggle added three free throws in the final four minutes of the half to make the score 22-4.

In the third period both teams improved offensively with the Lady Cats scoring 17 points and Eminence scoring 9. West got hot on the right wing against the Lady Cats’ zone and hit three jumpers from 17 feet to tally six points in the period. Barmore had six points to lead the Cats in the period.

In the final period the Lady Cats added 11 points and the Warriors added two on a put back by Madison Docktor to set the final score.

Gilley thought his team’s mental approach to the game was good.

“I thought our starters came out doing things to make us better and keep us going in a positive direction,” Gilley said. “I thought we did a good job of getting in the passing lanes defensively. I thought we looked to get in transition better and put ourselves in position to pass ahead. We need to do that to get some easy buckets.”

Gilley also had praise for the Warriors.

“I thought Eminence’s defense was better,” he said. “They made us take some shots we weren’t necessarily looking for. I thought the defense was much improved considering how young they are.”

Walton-Verona 56 HCHS 38

The Lady Cats traveled to Walton Saturday afternoon to take on the Lady Bearcats and fell by 18 in a game that went south quickly.

“We scored the first two points of the game and then they scored the next 16,” Gilley said. “We didn’t score another basket in the first quarter.”

The Lady Cats found some offensive firepower in the second period when they scored 14 points but they were not able to stop Walton as they put up 25 points to lead 41-16 at the half.

“Walton’s press bothered us a little,” Gilley said. “It was not our guards for the most part. It was when they were trapped and had to pass the ball to our other players. We turned it over more in the half court and we took some hurried shots.”

Things did not improve much until the fourth period when the Cats outscored the Lady Bearcats 13-4.

“We didn’t rebound well,” Gilley said. “There really is no aspect of the game that we were excited about. We did hit our free throws okay, but we were in foul trouble all night long. Both Cheyenne Clark and Sophie Hughes had four fouls before the fourth period.”

Gilley believes his team has to get a new mindset quickly.

“I think we have to learn to expect good things before they will ever happen,” he said. “We made our schedule tougher in February to get ready for the district tournament, but we are going to have to react better to that or it won’t help.”