WEBSTER COUNTY, KY (12/12/12) - Webster County Lady Trojans remain undefeated in the new season, posting three more wins last week to push their record to an impressive 5-0. After big wins over Livingston Central and Graves County, the WC girls held off a comeback bid by Madisonville-North Hopkins on Saturday to stay unbeaten.
Webster County 65
Livingston Central 24
Webster County earned a bit of revenge on Tuesday, demolishing a squad that sent them home in the opening round of the Second Region Tournament last season. The Lady Trojans used a school-record 36 straight points in the first half to put the game away early. After Livingston took a 7-3 lead, WCHS began its incredible offensive explosion at the 6:30 mark of the first quarter. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Kolbi Edens and Darrian McNary pushed the lead to 20-6 as Webster grabbed a 24-7 lead at the first break. The Lady Trojan defense completely dominated the visiting Lady Cardinals in the second quarter, holding them scoreless with skin-tight, full court pressure to stretch the lead to 45-7 at intermission. Webster forced Livingston into 23 turnovers and held a 28-15 rebounding margin.
“That’s a trademark of Lady Trojan basketball, pressure defense and hard-nosed play for 32 minutes. Our girls showed that tonight,” first year head coach Parker McCalister stated.
Webster junior Darrian McNary enjoyed one of her finest nights on the court, pouring in a game-high 21 points, 17 coming in the first half. She also had a game-high six steals and three assists plus two 3-pointers.
“We have a chance to be really good and Darrian is one of those players that can lead us. Livingston had kids just coming out of volleyball so they’ll be much better the next time we see them,” McCalister added.
The Trojan coach played his bench the rest of the way as Webster led 53-12 after three quarters of play. Kolbi Edens added 14 points on 2-of-4 shooting behind the 3-point arc while Mariah Herrera added eight points and four assists. Bailey Townsend, Georgia Keeney, Hayleigh Dame and Kaylee Duncan all scored four points while Kristen Keeney, Hannah Pritchett and Christian Papineau added two points each.
Pritchett pulled down a career-high six rebounds. •Macye Davis scored 12 points to lead the WCHS jayvee team to a 33-24 win Tuesday night. Eight of those points came in the first half as the young Lady Trojans earned a 19-9 lead at halftime. Hannah Pritchett finished with eight points, six from Hallie Gibson and five points from Kaylee Duncan. Emily Johnson completed the scoring with one field goal.
Webster County 63
Graves County 46
Webster had four girls in double figures as its record improved to a perfect 4-0 Thursday night with a powerful win over visiting Graves County.
“It feels great to be 4-0 and I still believe our best basketball is yet to come,” noted WCHS senior Kolbi Edens. “Our defense has been the key (to victories) so far but I really don’t think we’ve played our best. We have a lot of weapons and you saw tonight how well Pap (Christian Papineau played. She was awesome.” Papineau, just a sophomore, went to war in the paint and scored a career-high 18 points plus six rebounds. Mariah Herrera continued her impressive play, leading the Lady Trojans with 19 points plus four assists. Darrian McNary and Edens added 10 points each. Webster raced out to a 22-14 lead behind 11 points from Herrera, most coming by splitting the Lady Eagles defense with powerful drives. Edens added five points in the frame. Webster enjoyed a 37-25 lead at intermission but Graves stayed close with 5-of-6 free throw shooting. Edens added another 3-pointer in the frame, thanks to a nifty assist from McNary.
“My teammates have done a great job of getting me the ball for some open looks (at the basket). We have a very unselfish team and that makes for some balanced scoring. I really don’t think other teams can just focus on one or two players to stop us,” Edens continued.
Graves used a 13-12 scoring advantage in the third quarter to trim the lead to 49-38. But the WCHS girls put the game away in the final eight minutes for their fourth win of the season.
“Our kids played very hard at times, we just need that consistent effort for 32 minutes. That’s what it’s going to take to reach our full potential,” McCalister stated.
Bailey Townsend added four points in the win while Kristen Keeney had two points. Webster forced 19 Graves County turnovers but were just 2-of-12 from behind the 3-point arc and 9-of-18 at the free throw line.
WCHS did hold a commanding 30-19 rebounding edge. •Graves County handed Webster a 31-25 setback in junior varsity play on Thursday. WC managed just two points in the opening frame and that proved to be the difference. Hallie Gibson paced the WC attack with seven points, followed by five points from Kaylee Duncan. Hannah Pritchett finished with four points, three from Macye Davis and two points each from Heather Kelsey and Emily Johnson.
Webster County 48
In a preview of a possible regional tourney match-up between two of the best teams around, the Lady Trojans held off a fourth-quarter rally by the Lady Maroons during the Messenger Tip-Off Classic Saturday night at Madisonville-North High School.
Both teams entered the game with undefeated records and Webster moved to 5-0 with the victory. Bailey Townend hit an 8-foot jumper with 6.4 seconds to play, off the assist from Kristen Keeney, to give Webster the win. The shot came off a missed free throw and just seconds after Keeney converted on a missed shot and put-back to cut Madisonville’s lead to 45-45. It was Townsend’s only bucket of the game but it couldn’t have come at a better time.
“Everybody stepped up tonight and played a huge game and they (Lady Maroons) played us as tough as anyone we’ve played. We were lucky to win,” McCalister stated. “I’m just proud of the girls for sticking with it. They just kept fighting.”
The see-saw battle saw Madisonville take a 11-9 lead at the first break. Webster rallied behind a pair of 3-pointers from Kolbi Edens in the second stanza but the Lady Maroons still held a slim 21-20 advantage at halftime. That all changed in the third quarter as WCHS turned-up the defensive pressure and the out-side shooting to light up the scoreboard with 21 points. Edens, who led all scorers with 15 points, drained two more 3-pointers and scored nine points in the run. Mariah Herrera also added a ‘trey’ while Darrian McNary chipped in with four points in the rally. When the dust had cleared, the Lady Trojans had held Madisonville to just 13 points and grabbed a 41-34 lead heading into the final eight minutes. But the Lady Maroons wouldn’t go away and poor free throw shooting by the Lady Trojans opened the door for a MNHHS comeback bid. They out-scored the WC girls 12-7 in the final eight minutes as the Lady Trojans managed just 3-of-11 at the free throw line in the final 5:31 of the game. Webster was 8-for-18 from the line in the contest and out-rebounded Madisonville 35-24.
Webster also forced 18 turnovers by the Lady Maroons but committed 16 miscues of its own. McNary had a pair of steals on Madisonville’s final two possessions and added an insurance free throw to seal the deal and keep Webster unbeaten. Herrera was the only other WC girl in double figures, finishing with 10 points plus six rebounds, four assists and three steals. McNary added eight points and eight rebounds while Kristen Keeney scored six points and had a game-high nine rebounds. Christian Papineau added three points and four boards while Georgia Keeney also finished with four rebounds and three points. Bailey Townsend and Hayleigh Dame completed the WC scoring with two points each.
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