The Monticello Lady Trojans hosted Wayne County last Monday night at MHS

Gym in an important 48th District contest for both teams. The Lady Trojans

entered with a 1-1 record and were coming off a 62-38 home win over Metcalfe

County. The Lady Cards owned a 0-1 mark after dropping a 46-43 decision last

week at Pulaski County. The game was the first of two district match ups for

both squads, as Wayne County faced McCreary Central on Thursday night and

Monticello wrapped up the week on Saturday at McCreary Central.

Junior guard Heather Stearns scored 9 of her game high 16 points, during

a decisive 19-3 third quarter run, as Wayne County claimed a 57-37 district

win. Stearns made 6 of 8 free throws and 5 of 10 field goal attempts, plus

tallied 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in 28 minutes of action.

Freshman guard Kayla Bowlin added 14 points with 4 assists and Courtney

Duncan totaled 12 points and 4 boards as three Lady Cards scored in double

figures. Rachel Bristow posted 9 points and 5 rebounds, while Kayla Jones

totaled 8 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals as five different Lady Cards

scored in the win.

"After a slow start, I thought we played a pretty good game, especially

in the second half. We had a pretty good offensive balance and I thought our

perimeter defense really turned the game around. This was a good district

win on the road and I'm proud of how we bounced back after such a

disappointing opener at Pulaski County. We made some shots, forced some

turnovers and were able to get some easy transition baskets," said Wayne

County head coach Tim Pyles.

Monticello, which dropped to 1-2, shot just 24 percent from the field

and was led by a foursome of players with 6 points each. Junior forward

Lacey Alley made 4 of 6 free throws to net 6 points, with a team best 6

rebounds in 25 minutes of play. Fellow junior Leandra Brown posted 6 points

and 5 boards as nine different Lady Trojans scored in the contest.

Whitney Owens added 6 points and Jackie Anderson led the reserves with 6

points in 10 minutes of action. Monticello connected on only 2 of 18 field

goal attempts in the second half.

"I thought our intensity was good early and we came out with the type of

focus needed to compete. After halftime we just didn't have the same fire in

our eyes and we allowed Wayne to be the aggressor. I was disappointed that

we missed some easy shots early and didn't shoot the ball very well. I was

also disappointed in our defensive effort," said Monticello head coach Marla

Kelsch.

Monticello used the 5 early points of Lacey Alley to race to a quick 7-0

lead, before Wayne County ended the period with a 13-5 run of their own to

claim a 13-12 first quarter lead. The Lady Cards opened 5 of 10 from the

field and were paced by the 6 points of Rachel Bristow. The hosts stayed

close with excellent shooting from the free throw line, as the Lady Trojans

converted on 6 of 7 attempts.

"We didn't take good care of the basketball on a couple of trips late in

the quarter and gave them some easy buckets and the momentum," said Kelsch.

Kayla Bowlin led all players with 12 points in the first half as Wayne

County used an 18-15 second period tilt, to claim a 31-27 halftime edge.

Whitney Owens led the Lady Trojans with 6 points in the stanza.

"We started the game with 5 or 6 turnovers in the opening couple minutes

after that I thought we settled down and were able to take better care of

the basketball," said Pyles.

Heather Stearns and Courtney Duncan combined for 17 of the Lady Cards 19

points in the third frame, as the visitors used a 19-3 run to push to a

50-30 lead. Monticello was plagued by 1 of 10 shooting from the field in the

quarter.

"We turned up the pressure on defense in the third quarter, I thought

our perimeter defense was a big key. We were able to get some easy buckets

and get a good run," said Pyles.

The teams played on even terms in the final quarter as the 7-7 draw left

the final score 57-37.

"We have to do a better job of putting four quarters together and

playing with a high level of intensity. I'm not sure why we didn't respond

in the third quarter, but to take quarters off is very disappointing," said

Kelsch.

Jordan Hensley, Raven Frost and Mary Beth Cooper finished with 3 points

each, while Ashley Bridgman and Kayla West netted 2 points each to round-out

the nine Lady Trojans in the scoring column.

Wayne County, which claimed a 35-31 rebound edge, shot 21 of 48 overall

for 44 percent and made 5 of 18 3-pointers for 28 percent. The squad tallied

on 10 of 16 free throws for 63 percent and totaled 14 steals with 14 assists

against 16 turnovers.

Monticello shot 10 of 41 overall for 24 percent and tallied on 3 of 11

3-pointers for 27 percent. The Lady Trojans connected on 14 of 18 free

throws for 78 percent and finished with 14 turnovers.

Up next for Wayne County was a Thursday night home date with district

rival McCreary Central. Details on that game in a related story inside this

edition of The Outlook.

Monticello traveled to McCreary Central on Saturday night and paced by

the game high 17 points of Leandra Brown claimed a 59-31 district win.

Cortney Morrow added 10 points as the Lady Trojans improved to 2-2 on the

season.

For complete details on the match-up check next week's edition of The

Outlook.

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