The Wayne County Outlook

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January 29, 2013

Lady Cards crush North Bullitt 72-47

1-30-13 —  The Wayne County Lady Cardinals met 6th Region foe North Bullitt last Saturday afternoon in the Berea College Showdown, a one day event that featured four games throughout the day.  Wayne County entered the matchup with an 11-11 record overall and was coming off a

61-44 home win over Pulaski County, in their last game a week earlier.  The squad's Friday night game with North Laurel was postponed, due to the weather.  The Lady Eagles entered with a 13-8 record overall and had won eight of their previous ten games, but were coming off a 75-43 loss at South Oldham.  The teams did share one common opponent in Louisville Holy Cross; a team the Lady Cards edged 66-65 in double overtime in December, while North Bullitt dropped an 85-83 decision earlier this season to Holy Cross.

    Wayne County used a 25-8 third quarter run to put the game out of reach, en route to claiming a 74-47 neutral court win.  Jessica Hardin totaled game highs with 21 points and 9 rebounds, while Taylor Alexander posted 14 points with 8 boards.  Hardin shot 7 of 13 from the floor, with 3 3-pointers and a perfect 4 of 4 from the charity- stripe and Alexander connected on 7 of 11 attempts, as the Lady Cards improved to 12-11 on the season.

    "This was a good win, after being off all week and our game at North Laurel being cancelled.  I thought we shot the ball pretty well, forced some turnovers and really gave North Bullitt some problems with our man to man defense.  Their region plays a lot of zone, so our man to man really helped our effort.  Jessica was solid again on both ends and shot the ball well.  Taylor converted some good looks in the post and Jamie Roberts was within one assist of tying a school record, so a good overall effort," said Wayne County head coach Allen Burchett.

    Roberts, a junior guard, totaled 12 points a career high 12 assists, finishing 3 of 7 from the field and 5 of 6 from the free throw line, while Hallie Gillespie totaled 7 points, 5 steals and 3 rebounds.  

Eliza Smith chipped in with 5 points and Tori Bell netted 5 points, while Ashtyn Bell finished with 3 points.  Sydney Hicks and Bri Steele added 2 points each, as nine different Lady Cards scored in the win.

    "We were unselfish with the basketball with nearly 20 assists and I thought Hallie was very active with five steals and she also drew a couple charges, so other than having too many turnovers, we played pretty well.  Eliza came in and shot the ball pretty well, plus several different players stepped up with nice contributions," said Burchett.

    North Bullitt, which dropped to 13-9, was led by the 13 points of sophomore guard Rachel Badgett.  Senior Reba Stice added 9 points, as 10 different Lady Eagles etched the scoring margin, as a trio finished with 4 points each and another trio of players added 2 points each.

    "Looking at scores we felt North Bullitt would be a tough matchup, but a lot of our success goes back to our man to man defense and our ability to press.  That area has so many talented and athletic teams, I think zone is the normal look a lot of nights, so being different certainly helped and our full-court press allowed us some easy looks.  We had way too many turnovers, but several of those we're trying to make the right play, but moving forward we have to take better care of the basketball," said Burchett.

    Five different Lady Cards scored in the first quarter, as Wayne County managed a 13-11 edge, after 8 minutes of play.

Wayne County converted on 8 of 8 free throws in the second stanza and used the 7 points of Jessica Hardin to spark a 19-12 surge and claim a 32-23 halftime advantage.

    Hardin continued the scoring in third frame with 10 points and the Lady Cards used a 25-8 run, to roll to a 57-31 tilt, after three horns.

    The teams played on near-even terms in the final quarter as the Lady Eagles enjoyed a 16-15 clip, which left Wayne County with an impressive 72-47 win.

    The Lady Cards, which enjoyed a 34-25 rebound advantage, shot 25 of 50 overall for 50 percent, which included an 8 of 20 mark from 3- point range for 40 percent.  The winners converted on 14 of 16 free throws for 88 percent and totaled 19 assists with 10 steals, against 20 turnovers.

    North Bullitt shot 18 of 51 overall for 35 percent and tallied on 2 of 9 3-pointers for 22 percent.  The 6th Region squad connected on 9 of 14 free throws for 64 percent and tallied 11 steals with 8 assists against 20 turnovers.

    Wayne County returns to action Tuesday night traveling for 4th Region member and border rival Clinton County, before ending the week at home Saturday night hosting Danville.

    For details on both games check next week's edition of The Outlook.

   

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