BASKETBALL: Lady Hawks whip Hart 53-43

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By Nathaniel Bryan

MUNFORDVILLE — LaRue County sophomore forward Ivy Brown had game highs in points (25) and rebounds (13) on Friday night as the Lady Hawks finally beat 18th District rival Hart County on the host Lady Raiders’ home floor, 53-43.

LaRue County hadn’t beaten Hart County in Munfordville since the 1994-95 season. The Lady Hawks went a combined 16-0 against district foes in the 1993-94 and 94-95 seasons. In the Lady Raiders’ previous last home loss to LaRue County, current Lady Hawks head coach Travis Wootton’s older sister Allison was a LaRue County senior and current Lady Hawks assistant Tommy Adams was on the opposing bench as Lady Raiders head coach.

Hart County (10-8 overall, 4-2 district) had won its previous 11 home games dating to March 2, 2010, when it dropped a 62-49 decision to Nelson County in the 5th Region Tournament quarterfinals.

The win capped off what LaRue County (8-6, 2-2) dubbed “Payback Week.” The Lady Hawks opened the season Dec. 2 with a five-point loss at Meade County and avenged that loss Tuesday with a 26-point home win. A week following the Meade County loss, the Lady Hawks scored a season-low 32 points in a home loss to Hart County.

The loss kept Hart County from locking up the top seed for next month’s district tournament. LaRue County can still get it by winning its two remaining district home games Jan. 27 against Caverna and Feb. 3 against Green County. Hart County needs LaRue County to lose to Caverna but beat Green County to earn the No. 1 seed.

LaRue County freshman guard Alexis Brewer labored through a poor shooting night (3-of-18 from the field, 4-of-8 from the foul line) to finish with a double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds, game-high four assists). Sophomore reserve center Alley Evans added nine rebounds and junior forwards Haley Holt and Alisha Durbin combined for 15 points and 14 rebounds as the Lady Hawks had five players grab at least seven rebounds and easily won the rebounding battle, 53-31.

 Hart County senior forward Lindsey Burd, a Campbellsville University signee, just missed a double-double (13 points, nine rebounds) despite shooting struggles. Burd was 4-of-17 from the field and 5-of-12 from the foul line.

Lady Raiders freshman post Christessica Priddy made five of her first six shots and finished with 11 points and six rebounds, while senior guard Lexee Wilson was limited to nine points and four rebounds after scoring a game-high 20 points in the teams’ first meeting. Senior guard Leah Burd, playing for the first time in three weeks because of a stress fracture in her foot, had three points and three rebounds off the bench.

The Lady Raiders, who went 15-of-57 from the field, made just one field goal in the final 11:43. Hart County held its last lead at 32-31 with 3:45 left in the third quarter on Wilson’s basket in the lane before Brown answered 31 seconds later with a drive that started an 8-1 run to close the quarter.