Webster is back in action Saturday, playing in the annual Messenger Classic hosted by WCHS. The Lady Trojans then host arch-rival Henderson County next Tuesday.
Webster County 57
"They're very good, a legit team in the Second Region," is how Webster County head coach Christina Whitsell described the much-improved Lady Tigers of Hopkinsville after taking a 20-point thumping Monday night in Hopkinsville.
It was the season-opener for both squads and Hopkinsville looked in mid-season form, using size, speed and good shooting to spoil Webster's opening game victory hopes.
"They've found some girls that can really play and some girls with good size," Whitsell explained.
Hopkinsville grabbed the early lead and never looked back with a 21-12 advantage at the first break. WC junior Aleshia Stone kept Webster close in the opening stanza with seven points, including one of her two 3-pointers in the contest. She finished with 14 points.
Hopkinsville kept the solid playing going in the second quarter, out-scoring Webster 17 -12 for a 38-24 lead at intermission.
Webster played much better in the second half, trimming the lead to 60-42 after three quarters of play. But the Lady Tigers used its balanced attack to outscore WCHS 17-15 for the victory.
Webster's freshman point guard Darrian McNary led all scorers with 22 points, 13 coming in the second half. Freshman running mate Mariah Herrera was also in double figures with 10 points. Brea Copeland, Brooke Ross and Hayleigh Dame added two points each.
Hopkinsville had four girls in double figures with Tootie Williams' 18 leading the way. The homestanding Lady Tigers also claimed the junior varsity game 45-33.
Hopkinsville led from start to finish, including a 13-5 edge at the first break and 21-12 at intermission. Hannah Hornback paced the Webster attack with 11 points. Lauren Grant added seven points while Mayce Davis finished with five points. Raven Baxter added four with Bailey Townsend and Brea Copeland added three points each.
Webster County 53
Union County 61
The Bravettes took the early lead and then held off a valiant comeback bid by WCHS in the fourth quarter to claim a very big district victory Friday night in Morganfield.
Webster cut the lead to four points with 2:36 remaining in the game on buckets from Mariah Herrera and Brooke Ross. But the Union girls were up to the challenge, sinking 12-of-16 free throws in the final eight minutes to seal the victory. They finished the game 14-of-21 at the charity stripe while the Lady Trojans struggle with just 10-of-23 shooting at the free throw line.
"Our girls played hard, but we came out slow and dug a hole early (in the game)," noted WCHS head coach Christina Whitsell. "We struggled getting into and running an offense."
The Lady Trojans fell behind 12-9 in the first frame but picked up the scoring in the second quarter behind a pair of 3-pointers from Aleshia Stone and a long-range bomb from Kolbi Edens. But Union maintained the momentum with a 29-23 halftime lead.
Edens, just a sophomore, led the Lady Trojans in scoring with 14 points, including four 3-pointers. Webster out-scored the Bravettes 13-12 in the third quarter to trim the lead to just five points, 41-36, heading into the final eight minutes.
"We rebounded much better and are attacking (the basket) well but have to do a better job of seeing the court and kicking (the ball) to our open girls," Whitsell continued. "We are still developing and learning and we are improving, it's just going to take time for everyone to understand their role and get experience playing at the varsity level," she added.
Stone was also in double figures for WCHS with 11 points, cashing-in 5-of-6 free throws in the fourth quarter. WC's freshman guard duo of Herrera and Darrian McNary finished with nine and seven points respectively. Junior forward Brooke Ross added six points, all coming in the second half.
Hayleigh Dame added four points while Bailey Townsend, another freshman, finished with one field goal.
"I'm proud of our effort, we just have to keep working hard and improving every week," Whitsell concluded.
Webster did pick up its first junior varsity win of the season, topping the young Bravettes 43-37. Edens, who drained a trio of 3-pointers, also led the Lady Trojans in the jayvee contest with 13 points, followed by nine from Mayce Davis and six points each from Bailey Townsend and Lauren Grant. Raven Baxter chipped in with five points while Brea Copeland added four.
Webster seems to prefer the outside shooting than that of the "freebie" nature. The Lady Trojans drained five 3-pointers in the game but hit only 9-of-25 attempts from the free throw line.
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