Following their win over Eminence, the Henry County Lady Cats took on regional powerhouse Gallatin County, and fell 57-18.
But Saturday night, the Lady Cats took advantage of their home court in a 45-22 win over Shawe High School.
Cheyenne Clark led the Lady Cats with 20 points, while Colleen Coomes dominated the glass with 15 rebounds.
Coach Todd Gilley felt the game turned for the Cats when they stopped relying on Coomes. “Colleen had 15 rebounds,” he said. “We were watching her rebound. The whole team started rebounding in the third period and when that happened we were able to expand our lead.”
Once again, Gilley felt that his defense was key to the win. “Our defense was very good, especially against their best player (Taylor Grote) who scored the first basket of the game and did not score the rest of the game.”
For the first time, the coach was able to see real improvement offensively. In four previous games the Cats had scored more than 29 points only once in an entire game, so the 2nd half performance in which the Cats scored 29 points was encouraging.
“We improved offensively throughout the game,” Gilley said. “Our approach to the game has improved therefore leading to us being able to score 29 points in the second half. We have focused on the process rather than the product.”
Gallatin 57 HCHS 18
On Friday, the Lady Cats faced a strong Gallatin County team and fell to the visiting Lady Wildcats 57-18. The Lady Cats fell behind 20-5 after one period as Gallatin’s press garnered several easy buckets. After the second period Gallatin led 38-10. The Cats improved their defense in the second half and were able to hold Gallatin to just 19 points, while scoring 8 themselves.
But again, Gilley chose to focus more on getting better than on the final score.
“We played well defensively,” he said. “We played well the whole game on defense. If we played that well in another game we would have won.
“Because we kept our head, we were able to learn. We still have to improve offensively but this was a start.
“Their press was still very effective as far as getting us out of our offense and forcing some turnovers, but we did not have as many as in previous games when we were pressed.”