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BASKETBALL: Win for Samantha

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By Ryan O'Gara

 The LaRue County Lady Hawks’ 1-2-2 half-court trap is designed to get opponents out of their rhythm on offense and create some easy scoring chances for the Lady Hawks.

Against 5th Region rival Taylor County on Friday night, it was mission accomplished on both accounts.

With 6-foot-1 senior forward Ivy Brown on top, the Lady Hawks flustered the Lady Cardinals into 18 turnovers and 32 percent shooting from the field on their way to a 69-37 victory in Hodgenville.

Brown had 24 points, eight rebounds and six assists as the Lady Hawks (17-6) began the game on an 18-0 run and led 23-5 after the first quarter.

Just how disruptive was LaRue County’s defense? Before the Lady Cardinals (12-13) made their first field goal with 49 seconds left in the first quarter, they missed six shots and had nine turnovers.

Brown, in particular, made life difficult for the Lady Cardinals as she registered six steals.

Junior guard Alexis Brewer, who had 12 points and was 1-of-5 Lady Hawks with at least eight points, also had three steals.

LaRue County took advantage of the run-outs and shared the ball, registering 13 of their 17 assists before intermission to lead 44-11.

Senior forward Alley Evans added eight points and seven rebounds, while sophomore Delany Eastridge scored eight. Junior forward Alyson Yingling had eight points and three steals.

LaRue County made it look easy against Taylor County, which beat Green County last month – the same Lady Dragons squad which topped the Lady Hawks last week. The Lady Hawks shot 50 percent (29-of-58).

As it turned out, there was a reason the Lady Hawks played as hard as they did.

The team’s student manager, senior Samantha Drake, dressed for a game for the first time this season. Yingling said the team’s main goal was to get far enough ahead so Drake could see game action and score.

Drake entered with 1:29 left in the third quarter to boisterous cheers from LaRue County’s student section. She missed her two shots in the quarter, but she wasn’t done.

She reentered in the final 2 minutes of the game and her 3-point attempt hung on the rim before rolling off. With 13 seconds left, sophomore forward Tessa Yingling fed Drake and she swished a 17-foot jumper, sending the home fans into a frenzy.

As the final horn sounded, the Lady Hawks rushed the court in celebration.