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The Eminence Lady Warriors played one of their best halves of basketball this season last Tuesday night against the visiting Bardstown Lady Tigers, but in flip-flop fashion followed with one their worst halves, which resulted in a lopsided 56-18 loss.
Eminence was behind 10-8 following the first quarter and 24-16 at the half. By the time the Bardstown-dominated third quarter came to an end, though, the Lady Tigers were in front 49-17, outscoring Eminence 25-1 during the eight-minute stretch.
The Lady Warriors looked like a team destined to win their first game since Dec. 29 and just their third of the season. They got the opening tip-off, ran a minute of the clock before Rachel Raisor netted a jumper from the side, then went back and forth with Bardstown for much of the opening quarter. The game was tied three times and there were seven lead changes during the first quarter alone.
The Lady Warriors' 2-3 zone seemed to be working as they forced Bardstown into numerous turnovers and controlled the boards early.
Eminence started to struggle a little more during the second quarter, not scoring until Kelli Hawkins banked in a basket at 4:30 to close Eminence's deficit to 13-10. At the half, thanks to a Bardstown three-pointer with just three seconds remaining, Bardstown was in front 24-16.
The Lady Tigers turned it up more than a few notches after the break, coming out of the locker room in a punishing full-court pressure, which resulted in countless Eminence turnovers and 17-0 and 18-0 Bardstown runs. The only baskets Eminence scored during the second half were from a pair of Candace Wells' free throws - one with 3:02 left in the third and another with 37.2 seconds left in the fourth.
Wells led Eminence in scoring with six points, while Raisor added four and the rest of the team combined for eight.
Williamstown 43, Eminence 15: The Lady Warriors got a bye in the opening round of the 8th Region All "A" Classic last week, but lost to Williamstown High School (43-15) in the semi-finals Friday night.
Trimble County won the tournament, held in Gallatin County, by defeating Williamstown in the finals, 42-40.
For Eminence, it was a short stay in the All "A" as the Lady Warriors scored just 15 points against Williamstown. Eminence was behind 13-2 after the first quarter, 26-2 at the half and 38-4 after the third.
Rachel Raisor led the Lady Warriors once again with eight points, including two three-pointers, while Candace Wells scored five and Katie Mathis chipped in two.
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