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Lady Cats exorcise Lady Demons

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Cats play well through tough run of Health issues; pick up 3rd win in 4 games

By Greg Woods

The Henry County Lady Cats got another strong offensive performance from Kim Barmore and Cheyenne Clark in defeating the Williamstown Lady Demons 51-43 on Jan. 15. It was the second game in a row that the Lady Cats broke the 50-point barrier.

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The Cats struggled early in the year to reach even 30 points but now have three games over 50 since their 55-41 win over Carroll County on Dec. 28.

“This game is a testament to how far we’ve come,” coach Todd Gilley said. “Offensively, it is one of the few times we’ve hit double figures in all four quarters. I think we are gaining a little bit of confidence.”

“We are happy that we have everybody on the floor looking to be offensive-minded. We think that is a positive step, however, while we want them to be aggressive, we need to further improve our decision-making.”

The game opened with Clark hitting a 3-pointer and Williamstown responding with a 3-ball of their own. From there the Cats worked inside for buckets by Barmore and Colleen Coomes to go up 7-3.

The Lady Demons answered with a 5-0 run to go up 8-7 before Clark reeled off six straight points on drives in traffic to give the Cats a 13-8 lead. After a Lady Demon layup cut it to three points, Haley Bramblett hit a layup and Williamstown finished the first quarter scoring with a free throw to give the Lady Cats a 4-point advantage heading into the second quarter.

The Lady Cats stretched their lead to nine points to open the second period on a put back by Coomes and another 3-pointer by Clark.

Williamstown then went on a 9-4 run to cut the lead to 24-20 before Barmore hit a three-pointer to make it 27-20 late in the period. Williamstown got the final bucket of the half to make the Cats’ lead five at the intermission.

The Lady Cats maintained a 3- to 5-point lead through the early stages of the third period before going on a 6-0 run that increased the margin to nine points at 35-26 midway through the period.

The Cats’ lead grew to 12 points late in the period after back-to-back baskets by Clark and Barmore. The Lady Demons then scored back-to-back baskets on offensive rebounds to cut the margin to eight points before Clark finished the scoring with a free throw. Going into the final period of play, the Cats led 40-31.

After a Lady Demon layup opened the scoring in the fourth period, the Lady Cats pushed the lead back to 11 points on two free throws by Barmore and another Coomes put back. From there the Lady Demons got no closer than eight points the rest of the way as the Cats won 51-43.

Clark led the Cats with 26 points while Barmore chipped in 13. Coomes contributed 10 rebounds to go with 6 points.

While Gilley was happy with the offensive performance, he felt that defense and rebounding could have been better. “We didn’t do a very good job of stopping the drive,” he said. “We got caught out of position a lot, which caused us to foul. We also got outrebounded because we were slow reacting to the ball coming off the rim.”

But in the face of an injury and illness plagued month of January he was pleased with his team. “We have been through a stretch of a lot of games in a short time and dealt with a lot of illness and the girls have responded very well,” he said. “We scheduled a day off Wednesday because we need the rest badly.”

The illness woes continued for the Lady Cats as they found out Wednesday that Bramblett, a starter, will be out for a week with a mild case of mononucleosis.

The Lady Cats improved their record to 7-13 after starting the season 3-9. The Lady Demons fell to 6-12.