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Henderson Hands Lady Trojans First Defeat

lady troj1WEBSTER COUNTY, KY (12/19/12) - Webster County Lady Trojans suffered their first defeat of the season last Thursday, falling to arch-rival Henderson County (6-0) in a slugfest. Webster girls (6-1) rebounded on Saturday with a 14-point win over McLean County. The Lady Trojans will participate in the Madisonville Holiday Classic Thursday and Friday, taking on Apollo on Thursday and Livingston Central on Friday. They complete tourney play against Madisonville-North on Saturday.

Webster County 51
Henderson County 54

Just like a great boxing match between two heavy weights, a pair of the best teams in Region 2 squared off last Thursday, in ‘Round One’ of what might be several more to come during the season. Webster and district-rival Henderson County went toe-to-toe in Trojan gym in a thrilling contest that took on a tournament-type atmosphere before a packed- house. But when the final bell rang, the Lady Colonels had withstood several knockout blows and prevailed with the 3-pointer victory.

“They (Henderson) did the little things to win tonight. They proved they are the best team in the region. But I think we’re right there with them,” noted first-year head coach Parker McCalister.

Henderson led 16-14 at the first break and used a 5-0 run to open the second quarter to take a solid lead. Webster had opened the game with a 5-0 lead on a bucket and free throw from Kristen Keeney and layup from McNary.

The Lady Trojans came storming back, led by four points each from Bailey Townsend and Darrian McNary to trim the margin to 32-26 at halftime. Webster cut the deficit to just two points (41-39) after three quarters of play with a 13-9 scoring advantage. Christian Papineau and Mariah Herrera had four points each in the spurt. The WCHS girls rallied to tie the game at 41-all with 6:41 left in the game on a steal and layup from Herrera. Webster took the lead just seconds later on another steal off the full-court press and a feed from Keeney to McNary giving the Lady Trojans a 43-41 advantage.

Henderson then turned to its leader Ellie Fruit in the final minutes and she took control of the fast-and-furious game that was marred by 48 turnovers by each squad. Fruit, who led all scorers with 23 points, scored six straight in the next two minutes to give the Lady Colonels a lead they would not relinquish.

Trailing 50-57 with 1:10 on the clock, Kolbi Edens drained a baseline jumper to cut the lead to one point. Both teams committed turnovers as the seconds began to tick away. Kacie Wallace then nailed four straight, pressure-packed free throws in the final seconds of the game to secure the victory, the final free throws coming with 2.3 seconds left. McNary sprinted up the floor with the ball and launched a potential game-tying 3-pointer, but the shot rang off the rim at the final buzzer. Free throws proved to be a major factor in the game as Henderson nailed 16-of-23 attempts while the Lady Trojans managed just 9-of-18.

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“In games like this, it always comes down to the little things ... making free throws, boxing out and rebounding,” McCalister added. “If we make our free throws, especially early, we’re in much better shape.”

WCHS was just 6-of-14 from the stripe in the first half. But the patented Lady Trojan defense looked strong, disrupting the Henderson offensive sets at every turn forcing a season-high 25 turnovers by the Lady Colonels. But WC couldn’t capitalize on many of the miscues, especially in the final eight minutes, turning the ball right back over to Henderson. WCHS finished with 23 turnovers but did hold a commanding 31-16 rebounding edge. McNary led the Lady Trojans with 15 points and a game-high eight rebounds while Herrera added 14 points, seven assists, five rebounds and three steals.

Townsend finished with eight points and five boards, followed by five points and six rebounds from Kristen Keeney. Papineau and Edens added four points and three rebounds each while Hannah Pritchett had one free throw. Webster struggled with its shooting, including an 0-6 effort from behind the 3-point arc and 21-of-65 accuracy from the field.

Webster County 60
McLean County 46

After the heartbreaking loss to Henderson on Thursday night, the Lady Trojans bounced back with convincing win over visiting McLean County Saturday afternoon in Dixon. Kristen Keeney and Mariah Herrera led a balanced scoring attack with 12 points each while Bailey Townsend was also in double figures with 10 points. Macye Davis and Darrian McNary finished with seven points each, followed by four points apiece from Kolbi Edens and Kaylee Duncan. Christian Papineau and Hayleigh Dame rounded out the scoring with two points each. Webster held a slim 18-17 lead at the first break but used a 6-0 run to open the second quarter for a 36-29 halftime lead. That lead grew to 49-26 advantage at the end of the third quarter.

The WC girls held a strong rebounding edge at 42-20 with Papineau’s 10 boards leading the way. Keeney added nine while Herrera pulled down five along with four rebounds each from Townsend and Edens. Herrera also had a game-high five steals and five assists. The Lady Trojans still struggled a bit with their shooting, hitting just 21-of-78 attempts from the field, including 3-of-18 3-pointers. But they enjoyed a much better night of shooting, hitting from the free throw line with a season-high 15-of-20 attempts. Webster also forced 22 Lady Cougar turnovers while committing just nine of its own.

Charlie Hust

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