Ladycats hang on down stretch for fifth win

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By Tommie Kendall

In a game of back-and-forth, up-and-down runs, the host Henry County Ladycats held off Kentucky Country Day Friday night in a two-point thriller, 37-35.

The see-saw contest went back and forth until Henry went ahead for good with 16 seconds left off a Jessica Booher three-pointer. The Ladycats, who showed signs of breaking open the game before allowing KCD back into the contest several times, made their final move with 30 seconds remaining, which was enough to earn their fifth win of the season.

"The entire game was a game of runs," Henry coach Todd Gilley said. "We looked like we were having problems, but then we would go through a stretch where we looked really good. We thought we were going to put KCD away early in the fourth quarter, but they made some big plays to get back into the game. Then we made some big plays ourselves to get the win."

Henry (5-15 overall record) was in front of KCD (9-13) by three points, 11-8, following the first quarter, 20-17 after the second and 30-25 after the third. The Ladycats then went ahead by eight points, their biggest lead of the game, during the opening minute of the final period.

But KCD sliced into its deficit, and after a long scoring drought from Henry, the Bearcats went ahead 35-33 in the final minute.

Booher's three-point basket put the Ladycats back in front by one point, and a free throw from Kelsey Mings with just four seconds on the clock gave Henry the 37-35 win.

For Henry, Booher scored a game-high 12 points and Mings added 10. Jenny Kozora scored six points, Taylor Clark scored five and Brittany Crawford added four.

The Ladycats" win goes along with their victories over Model (48-38), Gallatin County (55-53), Owen County (42-36) and Eminence (46-9) earlier in the season.

Williamstown 54, Henry 46: Henry County's Jessica Booher scored 19 points and teammate Kelsey Mings added 14, but the host Ladycats weren't able to hold off Williamstown last Monday night.

Williamstown was ahead 9-7 after the first quarter before Henry used a 18-11 second-quarter spurt to take a 25-20 lead into the half. But Williamstown outscored Henry 23-10 during the third quarter and held on for the eight-point victory, 54-46.

"I thought we played a very good first half because we moved the ball so well, moved our feet and made the extra pass," Henry coach Todd Gilley said. "But Williamstown came out in the second half with a lot more intensity and we didn't make the adjustments we needed to."

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