The Wayne County Lady Cardinals returned to the court last Friday night traveling to Fifth Region foe Adair County.  The Lady Cardinals entered with a 6-7 mark on the season and were coming off an impressive 66-41 home win over Danville in their previous outing and owned a five-game winning streak.  The Lady Indians were 1-12 on the season and coming off a 51-50 loss at LaRue County, a week earlier. The teams last met on January 4 of last season with Wayne County claiming a 53-43 home win, at the Rodney C. Woods Gymnasium.

    The Lady Cards were sharp early, building a 24-5 first quarter lead 
and that was more than enough to claim a 60-43 road win.  Macey 
Blevins led the way with 17 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 
steals, in just over 25-minutes of play.  The 5-10 junior shot 6 of 
19 from the floor and 5 of 9 from the free throw line, while 5-11 
sophomore Mallory Campbell totaled 17 points in just over 22-minutes 
of action.  Campbell was 7 of 10 from the floor, which included 2 of 
3 shooting from 3-point range and made 1 of 2 free throw attempts, as 
the winners evened their mark at 7-7 on the season.
    "We got off to a really good start and played pretty well in the 
first half.  Always nice to go on the road and out of region to get a 
win, but we didn't put four quarters together.  We just weren't very 
sharp in the second half and that's disappointing, but we'll go back 
to work.  We know we have to play 32-minutes and not be complacent," 
said Lady Cards head coach Mark McKinley.
    Sophomore Kenzie Upchurch provided a big spark off the bench with 9 
points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals.  Upchurch was 4 of 5 from the floor, 
while Jade Turner helped the cause with 6 points and 6 rebounds, as 
the Lady Cards enjoyed a 36-27 rebound advantage.  Haleigh Criswell 
was 2 of 9 from the floor to net 5 points, while Amber Jones 
connected on 2 of 4 field goal attempts to total 4 points.  Sophomore 
reserve Xaviea West added 5 rebounds with 2 points, as seven 
different Wayne County players marked the scoring column.
    Adair County, which dropped to 1-13 on the season, was led by the 
game high 21 points and 4 rebounds of Jadie Smith.  The senior 
forward was 7 of 17 from the floor, which included 4 of 11 from 3-
point range and connected on 3 of 4 free throw attempts, in over 31-
minutes of action.  Lexi Feese chipped in with 6 points and 4 
rebounds, while Kaylee Campbell tallied 6 points, on 2 of 5 shooting 
from the field.
    Ellie Cheatham scored 5 points, Lanie Stotts contributed 3 points 
and Annamarie Day tallied 2 points, as six different Lady Indians 
scored in the contest.
    Wayne County wasted no-time grabbing control in the early minutes as 
the duo of Macey Blevins and Mallory Campbell helped spark an early 
run, which pushed the score to 24-5, at the end of the first quarter.
    The Lady Cards dominated the second stanza as well with a 17-9 
surge, which left the score at 41-14 at intermission.
    Jadie Smith heated-up in the third frame and the host Lady Indians 
battled back in the third frame with a 19-10 run of their own to 
close the gap to 51-33 after 24-minutes of action.
    The poor shooting continued in the final period as the teams played 
on near-even terms as a 10-9 Adair County surge to end the game left 
the Lady Cards with a 60-43 road win.
    Wayne County finished 24 of 61 overall from the field for 39 percent 
and that included a 5 of 29 clip from 3-point range for 17 percent. 
The winners connected on 7 of 14 free throw attempts for 50 percent 
and totaled 19 assists with 12 steals against 9 turnovers.
    The Lady Indians countered with 13 of 33 shooting overall from the 
field for 39 percent and that included a 7 of 15 mark from 3-point 
range for 47 percent.  The squad converted on 10 of 16 free throw 
attempts for 63 percent and tallied 6 assists against 15 turnovers.
    Up next for the Lady Cards is a Tuesday night home date with 
district rival and defending region champions Southwestern.  The 
teams met just under a month ago without Macey Blevins playing and 
the Lady Warriors raced to a 65-37 home win.  Southwestern enters the 
matchup with a region best 13-2 record on the season.
    "We know it's a challenge and we know they are loaded with good 
players and experience, but we're looking forward to the challenge," 
said McKinley.
    The team wraps up the week with a Saturday afternoon trip to West 
Jessamine.  Details on both games will appear in next week's edition of The Outlook.

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