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BASKETBALL: Lady Hawks continue winning ways over Hart and John Hardin

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BY KENDRICK BRYAN

LaRue County senior sisters Lyndsay and Valerie Whitlock celebrated their 18th birthdays Saturday and ensured their teammates weren’t left out of the festivities in Hodgenville.

On Friday, the homestanding Lady Hawks edged the Hart County Lady Raiders, 53-50. On Saturday, the Lady Hawks were victorious over the visiting John Hardin Lady Bulldogs, 61-44.

With the wins, LaRue County moved to 14-2 and remained undefeated (6-0) at home. The team (3-1 district) also remains in contention for the No. 1 seed for next month’s 18th District Tournament.

On Friday, the Lady Hawks overcame a 10-point deficit thanks in part to the performance of the Whitlocks, who scored 10 of the Lady Hawks’ final 18 points.

“I think that the team never felt out of the game,” said head coach Travis Wootton. “We got a couple of defensive stops and overcame the deficit.”

The Lady Hawks were helped by the play of freshman Ivy Brown and eighth-grader Alexis Brewer. Brown had a double-double (17 points, 12 rebounds) and had a traditional three-point play in the fourth quarter. Brewer, often the youngest player on the floor, scored 11 points.

The Lady Raiders (12-6 overall, 5-1 district) were powered by junior forward Lindsey Burd and guard Lexee Wilson. Burd posted a double-double (game-high 21 points, 12 rebounds) and Wilson contributed nine points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal.

“You want consistency. You want to know what you will be getting from the players,” Wootton added. “Nancy Howell has also been very consistent. Now that Shana Zajdel is back, that will help us even more.”

On Saturday, the Lady Hawks took a 19-2 lead into the second quarter over their 5th Region foe and never looked back. The game was also marked by a pair of technical fouls given to the John Hardin bench in the third quarter.

Brewer scored a game-high 17 points, Lyndsay Whitlock added 14 points, freshman Allison Evans chipped in with 14 points and Brown contributed 11 points.

Freshman Zacchea Small paced the Lady Bulldogs (11-6) with 11 points and nine rebounds and sophomore center Michelle Montgomery added 10 points and nine rebounds.

“In the John Hardin game, we pretty much hit them in the mouth in the first quarter,” Wootton said. “We had a knockout punch and then we put it on cruise control.”

LaRue County also won Saturday’s junior varsity contest against the Lady Bulldogs, 35-26.

UP NEXT: LaRue County plays at Central Hardin at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

FRIDAY: LARUE COUNTY 53, HART COUNTY 50

Hart County         18      7     15    10—50

LaRue County      10     10     15    18—53

Hart County (12-6)

Lindsey Burd 21, Lexee Wilson 9, Jordan Strother 6, Christessica Priddy 4, Molley Scott 3, Leah Burd 3, Heather Butler 2, Bonnijill Avery 2. FG: 20-61. FT: 7-12. 3-pointers: 3-18 (Strother 2-9, Leah Burd 1-5, Wilson 0-4). Rebs: 37 (Lindsey Burd 12, Strother 5). Assists: 6 (Lindsey Burd 4, Wilson 1, Strother 1). Steals: 4 (Four with 1).

LaRue County (13-2)

Ivy Brown 17, Valerie Whitlock 15, Alexis Brewer 11, Lyndsay Whitlock 8, Nancy Howell 2. FG: 18-36. FT: 17-25. 3-pointers: 0-7 (Brewer 0-3, Howell 0-2, Brown 0-1, V. Whitlock 0-1). Rebs: 27 (Brown 12, L. Whitlock 5). Assists: 5 (V. Whitlock 4, Brown 1). Steals: 9 (Brown 4, V. Whitlock 2, L. Whitlock 2).

SATURDAY: LARUE COUNTY 61, JOHN HARDIN 44

John Hardin          2     13     15    14—44

LaRue County      19     11     18    13—61

John Hardin (11-6)

Zacchea Small 11, Michelle Montgomery 10, Kristin Shonkwiler 8, Chantler Jernigan 8, Ieshia Hopwood 4, Tajah Haley 3. FG: 17-67. FT: 8-21. 3-pointers: 2-19 (Shonkwiler 2-12, Hopwood 0-4, Haley 0-3). Rebs: 28 (Montgomery 9, Small 9). Assists: 10 (Hopwood 4, Haley 4). Steals: 6 (Hopwood 3, Jernigan 2).

LaRue County (14-2)

Alexis Brewer 17, Lyndsay Whitlock 14, Allison Evans 14, Ivy Brown 11, Valerie Whitlock 3, Nancy Howell 2. FG: 18-40. FT: 21-25. 3-pointers: 2-5 (Brown 2-4, Brewer 0-1). Rebs: 34 (V. Whitlock 11, L. Whitlock 6, Brewer 6). Assists: 16 (V. Whitlock 9, Brewer 3). Steals: 5 (V. Whitlock 3, Brown 1, Evans 1).