The Wayne County Lady Cardinals met Eleventh Region foe Lexington Catholic, last Saturday at Lexington Catholic High School Gym, in the consolation round of the Traditional Bank Holiday Classic.  The Lady Cards entered with a 0-6 mark on the season and were coming off a 59-27 opening round loss to Simon Kenton, the previous day.  The Lady Knights owned a 4-2 record on the season and were coming off a 57-35 opening round loss to Conner.

    The matchup marked the first meeting between the two schools, since 
Lexington Catholic claimed a 53-44 win, at the Rodney C. Woods 
Gymnasium, on February 10 of 2018.  The winner would advance to face 
Anderson County, a 64-50 winner over Covington Scott, earlier in the 
    Sophomore forward Mallory Campbell scored a game high 15 points with 
8 rebounds and Macey Blevins made her season debut off the bench with 
14 points, 6 boards, 4 assists and 2 steals as the Lady Cards rolled 
to a 49-27 tournament win.  Campbell connected on 5 of 9 field goal 
attempts and 3 of 4 free throws, while Blevins shot 4 of 10 from the 
field with a 3-pointer and made 5 of 8 from the charity stripe, in 19-
minutes of action, as the Lady Cards improved to 1-6 on the season.
    "Great to finally get a win and it was certainly great to get Macey 
back in her first game action since our scrimmage with Monroe 
County.  Mallory really played well and Macey just made us better in 
all phases of the game, we did some things pretty well.  We've 
struggled the first month of the season, so to get Macey and all her 
talents back, to blend with everything our other girls bring to the 
court, we can be a pretty good basketball team.  Extremely happy for 
our girls to get a win and excited to keep building on this effort," 
said Lady Cards head coach Mark McKinley.
    Junior guard Jade Turner chipped in with 2 of 8 shooting from the 
floor and 1 of 2 from the foul line to net 6 points, while the tandem 
of Haleigh Criswell and Kenzie Upchurch both totaled 4 points with 3 
rebounds each.  Amber Jones contributed 2 points with 5 boards, while 
Xaviea West and Alexis Coyle both scored 2 points, as eight different 
players scored in the win.
    "Lexington Catholic has four wins, so to get our first win on the 
road at their place is a good win, confidence-wise we needed a win. 
It will take some games to get everyone back into rhythm and 
rotations, but the biggest thing getting everyone back is the 
confidence level we played with," said McKinley.
    The Lady Knights, which dropped to 4-3 on the season, was led by the 
10 points and 7 rebounds of sophomore forward Chloe Treece.  Treece 
was 3 of 11 from the field, which included 2 of 7 from 3-point range 
and 2 of 4 from the free throw line, in 22-minutes of play.  Junior 
forward Farah Weldon added 7 points with 4 boards, connecting on 1 of 
4 field goal attempts and 5 of 8 from the charity line.  Katherine 
Truitt netted 4 points, Lucy Nash scored 3 points, Lily Giles tallied 
2 points and Ariel West scored 1 point, as six different Lexington 
Catholic players etched the scoring margin.
    Mallory Campbell scored 7 points in the opening minutes and Jade 
Turner added 5 points, as Wayne County raced to a 16-6 first quarter 
    Chloe Treece led all players with 5 points in the second stanza and 
the Lady Knights used a 10-8 clip to close the score to 24-16 at 
    Macey Blevins scored 7 points in the third frame and the Lady Cards 
answered with a 13-8 run to push the lead to 37-24, after 24-minutes 
of play.
Wayne County connected on 6 of 6 free throws down the stretch and 
used four different scorers to end the game with a 12-3 surge to roll 
to a 49-27 win.
    The Lady Cards, which claimed a 35-33 rebounding edge, shot 16 of 48 
overall for 33 percent and that included a 2 of 13 clip from 3-point 
range for 15 percent.  The winners made 15 of 21 free throw attempts 
for 71 percent and tallied 6 assists with 4 steals against 20 turnovers.
    "We did a pretty decent job on the backboards and made our free 
throws, but we have to take better care of the basketball and make 
the easy ones.  This was a good start and we're excited to see what 
we can do against a very good Anderson County team," said McKinley.
    Lexington Catholic countered with a dismal 6 of 39 from the field 
overall for 15 percent and that included a 2 of 12 mark from 3-point 
range for 17 percent.  The squad made 13 of 30 free throw attempts 
for 43 percent and finished the game with 10 turnovers.
    Up next for Wayne County was a Sunday afternoon matchup with 
Anderson County and details of that matchup are in a related story inside The Outlook.

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