WEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. (1/9/13) - Despite a nearly two week layoff, the WCHS Lady Trojans out-lasted Union County and also defeated Christian County to improve to 12-1 on the season. Webster will tangle with arch-rival Henderson County on Friday night at Colonel gym in the rival’s final regular-season matchup.
Webster County 45
Union County 32
Shaking off the rust from a 12-day holiday layoff, the Lady Trojans put together a solid effort last Friday night to topple district-rival Union County in Dr. Doug Hines Gym in Morganfield. Led by a sparking performance from junior guard Darrian McNary, the Lady Trojans picked up the defensive pressure in the second half to break open a close game.
“Our girls played hard, that’s a Webster County tradition. But we certainly didn’t play our best but we post a big win and that’s very important for us right now,” noted first-year head coach Parker McCallister.
McNary scored a game-high 17 points, including five crucial points in the fourth quarter to lead the Lady Trojans to the win. Both teams seemed to be mired in molasses in the first eight minutes as the Lady Trojans earned a 10-4 lead. The level play decreased even more in the second period with Webster using a 4-3 scoring advantage to take a 14-7 lead into the locker room at halftime.
“It looked like we were hustling but I call it fake hustle,” McCallister explained. “We would just run alongside their guards and let them dribble with their strong hand and go straight to the basket. That’s not good defense and certainly not good enough defense to win championships.”
McNary had the hot hand in the first half, scoring 10 of Webster’s 14 points while the rest of the squad struggled to find the aim from the field.
“We just couldn’t hit the basket and I think the long layoff really hurt us,” noted junior guard Mariah Herrera, who finished with 10 points, all in the second half. “And our defense was terrible, we let them penetrate too much and get shots along with us putting them at the foul line.”
But despite the poor shooting and sub-par effort at the defensive end, the Lady Trojans still dominated the game, holding a 33-20 rebounding edge and forcing 27 Bravette turnovers.
“As poorly as we played at time, we still got the win. We came down here last year and let them beat us on this floor and we all remember that game,” Herrera stated. “We weren’t going to let that happen tonight.”
Webster opened the second half with a flurry as Kolbi Edens nailed a 3-pointer and then a 12-footer off a UCHS turnover. One possession later, Herrera added a 3-pointer to give Webster a quick 22-9 lead. That jump-started the Lady Trojans as they used a 15-10 scoring edge in the frame for a 28-17 lead at the end of the quarter.
Union rallied a bit in the final eight minutes, taking advantage of Webster defense lapses to get to the free throw line. The Bravettes hit 9-of-11 freebies in the final 5:25 of the game to try and stay close. Union ended the game 12-of-20 from the charity stripe while the Lady Trojans were just 10-of-20 at the line. WCHS was a miserable 16-for-63 shooting, including just 3-of-12 from behind the 3-point arc.
Bailey Townsend finished with seven points and three rebounds while Edens added five points and three boards. Christian Papineau scored four points and pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds. Kaylee Duncan came off the bench to add two points and three rebounds. McNary also had six assists and two steals in the victory while Herrera added three rebounds and three thefts.
“We certainly have to get better at scoring the basketball and that just comes with extra individual work. The great scorers that I’ve known are in the gym constantly ... before school, after practice, on the weekends. We’ve got some kids that can become really good players, but they’re going to have to put in some extra work with their shooting,” McCallister added. That’s the difference in us being a good team and a great team.”
Webster County 76
Christian County 49
It was Mariah Herrera’s time to shine Monday night, leading the Lady Trojans to another road victory in Hopkinsville.
Herrera poured in a game-high 21 points, 17 coming in the first half, as the WC girls rolled over the Lady Colonels. Behind nine points from Herrera and five from McNary, Webster rolled to an 18-11 first quarter lead. The defensive pressure was vintage maroon-and-gold in the second quarter as Webster forced 11 Lady Colonels turnovers that fueled a 25-point scoring outburst. That gave WCHS a commanding 43-24 advantage at halftime. Edens heated up to open the third quarter, nailing a 3-pointer off an assist from McNary to open a 6-0 run.
Webster held a 62-36 lead after three quarters of play and cruised in the final eight minutes. McNary finished with 14 points while Edens added 11 in the very balanced scoring attack. Bailey Townsend and Christian Papineau added five points each while Hannah Pritchett, Georgia Keeney, Kaylee Duncan and Hallie Gibson all finished with four points. Hayleigh Dame and Kristen Keeney completed the scoring with two points each.
• Webster County also ‘ruled’ in the junior varsity game, thumping the Lady Colonels 48-31. Kristen Keeney led the way with 16 points while Kaylee Duncan was also in double figures with 10 points. Macye Davis added seven markers while Hannah Pritchett finished with six points. Georgia Keeney chipped in with four points followed by two points each from Heather Kelsey and Hallie Gibson. Ashley Henry completed the scoring with one free throw.
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