BASKETBALL: Lady Hawks sink North Hardin, Caverna

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Landmark News Service

Once the Brown-Brewer Express got rolling Friday night, the Caverna Lady Colonels couldn’t keep up.

LaRue County senior wing Ivy Brown found junior guard Alexis Brewer open underneath for four easy layups in the fourth quarter as the visiting Lady Hawks pulled away for a 59-45 win over 18th District rival Caverna.

With LaRue County (5-2, 2-0 district) holding onto a 49-40 lead, Brown and Brewer got things going for the Lady Hawks.

Brown set Brewer up for two layups to stretch the lead to 53-40, then Brown scored on a putback of her own missed shot to make it 55-40 with 3:45 to play.

Caverna (3-3, 1-1) would get no closer than 12 the rest of the way.

Brown had an off-night from the field, finishing 8-of-23, but she still managed to post a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

Sophomore guard Delany Eastridge chipped in with nine points for LaRue County, which beat Caverna for the 18th straight time.

Caverna had its chances to snap the streak. The Lady Colonels trailed by five at the half.

But the Lady Hawks pulled away in the third quarter, building a double-digit lead as Brown and Brewer scored all 11 of LaRue County’s points in the period.

North Hardin nipped

Having watched her team blow one big lead, the well-rested  Brewer wasn’t about to let the LaRue County Lady Hawks waste another lead Tuesday night.

Sitting much of the game because of foul trouble, the junior guard scored the Lady Hawks’ final seven points as they held on for a 70-64 win over the North Hardin Lady Trojans at Ron Bevars Gymnasium.

Brewer picked up her fourth foul with more than 11 minutes left in the game, causing her to miss the end of the third quarter and the first 3 minutes of the fourth quarter.

Brewer set a 5th Region record by attempting 30 free throws in Saturday’s loss to Henderson County. She didn’t get to the line quite as much Tuesday, when she was 11-of-17 from the foul line.

After matching the region record by shooting 53 free throws Saturday, LaRue County (4-2) shot 43 against the Lady Trojans (4-2), who were just 11-of-21 from the foul line.

The teams combined for 47 personal fouls and one technical. Three North Hardin players fouled out, while two Lady Trojans were one foul away from doing the same.

Brown had three game highs: points (23), rebounds (18) and assists (six). She had 13 points and 11 rebounds by halftime.

The Lady Hawks got a huge boost from junior forward Alyson Yingling, who had 19 points and 13 rebounds. She scored 10 of LaRue County’s first 18 points.

“I guess they were trying to take it to Ivy and Alexis and they were underestimating the rest of the girls on the team,” Yingling said.

Yingling and Brown combined to outrebound North Hardin by five. Senior forward Alley Evans added 10 rebounds as LaRue County manhandled North Hardin on the glass, 49-26.

LaRue County grabbed six of the game’s first seven rebounds and seven of the second half’s first eight missed shots.

The Lady Hawks’ board work allowed them to overcome North Hardin’s shot discrepancy (58-36) and the Lady Trojans’ hot shooting from the arc. While LaRue County was 0-for-6 from the 3-point line, North Hardin had four players combine to make seven 3s.

“That was the difference in the game,” said Lady Hawk head coach Travis Wootton said. “We can’t throw a 3 in the ocean right now.”

LaRue County took its largest lead at 25-10 midway through the first half on a pair of free throws from Brewer. North Hardin went on a 29-14 run spanning the end of the second quarter and the start of the third to tie it at 39 with more than 13 minutes left on a 3-pointer from senior guard Kiera Jones (11 points, team-high five assists).

North Hardin tied it again at 41-all on a drive by sophomore Tamiah Stanford (team-high 17 points, game-high four steals), but LaRue County never trailed again after Brown made two foul shots from 4:37 left in the third quarter.

The Lady Trojans cut their deficit to four points four times in the fourth quarter, but had a hard time drawing closer with Brewer scoring seven points in the final 1:49.

Mallory Williams added two points and Eastridge had one to round out the Lady Hawks’ scoring. Eastridge also had a steal.

UP NEXT: LaRue County plays Scott County at 3:30 p.m. next Friday in the Gateway Holiday Classic at Montgomery Co.