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Lady Cats fall to Lady Wildcats

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By Greg Woods

The Henry County Lady Cats hosted the Gallatin County Lady Wildcats on Friday night just eight days after losing in Warsaw by 22 points. In that game the Lady Cats managed to stay close for a while before succumbing to Gallatin County’s pressure defense and deadly shooting. This time the Lady Cats showed improvement by hanging tough into the third period before a spate of turnovers allowed Gallatin to pull away for a tough, but comfortable, 56-41 win.

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Gallatin County came out hot and jumped out to leads of 7-0 and 9-2 before the Lady Cats began to get a foothold in the game. Gallatin ended the period up nine points at 13-4.

Coach Todd Gilley was not disappointed with his team’s play in the first period. He saw signs of things to come.

“We were very focused on the process,” Gilley said. “Our body language didn’t change when we got down.”

The Lady Cats turned the tables on Gallatin in the second quarter, outscoring them 15-12 to make it a six point game heading into the locker room.

Henry County started strong in the third period and pulled within 25-22 early. That is when turnovers started to hurt the Cats.

“We got to a point where momentum was on our side and then we had six turnovers in the next eight possessions,” Gilley said. “Those turnovers led to layups.”

After pulling within three, the Lady Cats were outscored 12-4 the rest of the period to give Gallatin County a 37-26 lead heading into the final period. The experienced Lady Wildcats then extended the margin to fifteen in the final period as Henry County tried to play catch up.

“We had to take chances and foul and do things to make the game quicker, which really played into their style of play,” Gilley said. Gilley felt that his team took a positive step in their development this week despite the loss. “This team is discovering that the harder you work, the harder you play. This team has always played hard but this week they took it to another level. Overall, I was happy with our intensity and willingness to battle constantly. I was happy with our determination. We have to work on handling the ball in certain situations and make some defensive adjustments.”

Gilley was pleased with senior Kim Barmore’s focus and hard work.

“Kimberly has been more intense in practice and in games than I have seen her in two years and it is correlating to better play in games,” Gilley said.

Sophomore point guard Cheyenne Clark also earned the coach’s praise.

Cheyenne played well,” he said. “Their type of game is to pressure the ball and she was the focal point of their defensive game plan. She did a good job of handling the ball, especially under duress.”

Barmore and Clark led the team with 12 points each. The Lady Cats fell to 10-9 with the loss while Gallatin County improved to 13-6.