The Monticello Lady Trojans hosted Wayne County last Friday night at
MHS Gym, in an important district match up for both teams. The Lady
Cards entered with a 0-3 mark and were coming off a 57-40 home loss
to Lincoln County, earlier in the week. Monticello owned a 1-1 mark
and was coming off an impressive 34-32 district win over
Southwestern, on Tuesday night.
Wayne County won all three games in the rivalry last season,
including a 61-55 decision, in the opening round of the 48th District
Junior guard Jessica Hardin scored a career high 27 points and
Samantha Sexton added a season best 17 points, as the Lady Cards
built a 36-16 halftime lead, en route to a 56-39 district win. Hardin
shot 10 of 18 from
the field, which included a 3 of 4 tally from 3-point range, plus
converted on 4 of 4 free throw attempts.
Sexton shot 4 of 12 from the field and 9 of 11 from the free
throw line, while Jamie Roberts and TaShea Pyles both finished with 5
points each, as the Lady Cards improved to 1-3 on the season.
"This was a big one for our team and after opening the season so
rough, just a great way to open district play. I thought both Jessica
and Samantha had really big offensive nights. We passed the ball well
and had pretty good shot selection, plus took decent care of the
basketball," said Lady Cards head coach Tim Pyles.
Heather Rigney netted 2 points off the bench, as five different
Lady Cards etched the scoring column.
"We stepped up and made our free throws, plus shot the ball fairly
well from the field," said Pyles.
Monticello, which dropped to 1-2, was led with the 9 points each of
Malesha and Mariah Hughes. Malesha, a 5-7 senior, finished 4 of 8
from the field, which included a 3-pointer, while the sophomore
connected on 3 of 8 field goal attempts and 2 of 4 free throws.
Tiara Duncan added 8 points and Autumn Bell returned to the
7 points, as seven different Lady Trojans scored in the contest.
"I was extremely disappointed in our effort. We didn't play with
any intensity, or confidence. Just a real lack of focus for whatever
the reason, but give Wayne County credit. I thought they executed
very well and wanted it more than we did," said Kelsch.
Bethany Peyton contributed 3 points, Whitney Watkins tallied 2
points and Taylor Troxell scored 1, to round-out the Monticello
players in the
"Jessica Hardin has a big game for them, but also credit
Samantha Sexton too, we never had an answer for Sexton in the low-
post," said Kelsch.
Wayne County used the 8 points of Jessica Hardin to roll a 13-4
early lead, but Monticello ended the opening quarter with an 8-2 run
of their own, to close the score to 15-12, after 8 minutes. The Lady
Cards opened 5 of 13 from the field with 4 of 11 shooting from the
field and 2 of 2 effort from the free throw line.
"We got off to a really fast start and had a couple of chances
to push the lead, but didn't convert. They came right back and made a
couple of shots, so we have to do a better job of keeping momentum,"
Hardin added 10 points in the second stanza and Sexton totaled
9, as Wayne County used a 21-4 run, to claim a 36-16 halftime advantage.
The Lady Cards made 7 of 7 free throws, during the second period
run, while Monticello finished 2 of 8 from the floor.
Tiara Duncan led all players with 5 points in the third frame,
but the visitors claimed an 11-9 tilt, to push to a 47-25 lead, after
Monticello used the 7 fourth quarter points of Malesha Hughes to
close the gap of 10 points at 47-37, but Wayne County ended the game
on a 9-2 run, to roll to a 56-39 win. The duo of Hardin and Sexton
accounted for all 9 of Wayne County's fourth period points and
finished with 44 of the team's 56 points.
"I thought both of those players had really good scoring nights,
but we also need some other girls to step up. We have to develop some
more scoring balance and need some points off our bench," said Pyles.
The Lady Cards finished 18 of 45 overall for 40 percent and
tallied on 5 of 10 3-pointers for 50 percent. The winners made 15 of
19 free throw attempts for 79 percent and finished with 12 turnovers.
Monticello shot 13 of 39 overall for 33 percent. The squad connected
on 8 of 13 free throws for 62 percent and totaled 16 turnovers.
Up next for the Lady Trojans was a Saturday date with Pineville,
Southern Kentucky shootout, at McCreary County Central. Monticello
claimed a 61-43 win in that game and the complete story will be in
next week's edition of The Outlook.
Wayne County was also back in action on Saturday evening, with a
trip to 12th Region foe Danville. Details on that match up are in a
related story inside this edition.