One step forward, two back for Lady Warriors

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By Tommie Kendall

The Eminence Lady Warriors might have ended their basketball game at Shelby County last Thursday with a lopsided 54-18 loss, but they took a step in the right direction during the fourth quarter when they won the final eight minutes of play, 10-7.

But two days later, it was a step in the wrong direction for the Lady Warriors when they were defeated by Beechwood, a team nowhere near Shelby's caliber, 36-13. Now, Eminence coach Carter Martin is searching for answers.

"I thought we played Shelby pretty good in the second half because our girls made up their minds they wanted a decent showing against a good team," Martin said. "Then, we didn't play well at all against Beechwood. I need to get this team to play an entire game well, not just stretches. I want our players to improve a little each time out - that's how we're going to get better."

The Shelby Lady Rockets, playing on their home court, jumped out to an early lead against Eminence and stretched it to 47-8 with just a quarter reaming.

Eminence, behind the play of freshman point guard Rachel Raisor, managed to close the gap during the final period. Raisor, the only Lady Warrior to score in double digits, finished with a team-high 10 points.

With the win, Shelby improved to 12-5 overall and a perfect 3-0 in district play, defeating Anderson County, Spencer County and Eminence to earn the top seed in post-season action next month.

Eminence, meanwhile, dropped to 2-13 overall, 0-3 in the district and are the fourth seed so will play Shelby again in the opening round at districts.

After the Shelby loss, the Lady Warriors were back in action Saturday afternoon when they traveled to Beechwood High School to take on the Lady Tigers, who entered the game with a 2-4 mark.

Beechwood took a 26-9 lead into the half and finished the contest 23 points in front. For Eminence, Raisor finished with six points, while Candace Wells scored three points and Rachel Metcalfe and Nikki Gamble added two apiece.

Eminence shot just six-of-20 from the free throw line and had trouble finding the basket. The Lady Warriors didn't reach double digits on the scoreboard until the second half.

Eminence (2-14 record) hosted Bardstown (13-4) Tuesday night and will travel to the 8th Region All "A" Classic this Friday, hosted by Trimble County High School.

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