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The LaRue County Lady Hawks accomplished something Friday night that had not been done since Travis Wootton has been coach, nor since most of the current players were in grade school – beat the Hart County Lady Raiders.
It has been 12 games since the Lady Hawks have beaten the Lady Raiders. LaRue’s ladies last defeated Hart Dec. 12, 2003, in overtime, 66-60.
It didn’t take an overtime to get the job done Friday night.
“Just all 12 players working together,” Valerie Whitlock said. ”It’s the first time we’ve pulled together at the end to finish a game."
Twin sister Lyndsay Whitlock, who with her 12 points and three rebounds said, ”This is a turning point in our season, hopefully we can get used to beating good teams.”
Both girls had even more reason to celebrate having just turned 16 years old the day before.
Valerie Whitlock, who scored 26 points on 10 of 17 field goal attempts and five of seven from the 3-point mark, also had seven rebounds.
The Lady Hawks also received valuable help from senior Ashley Clairmont whose defensive pressure in the fourth quarter held Hart County senior Lindsey Highbaugh to only 11 points and the team to a 7.7 percent field goal percentage for the quarter and 33.3 percent for the game.
Eight-grader Anna Bowling came off the bench to contribute eight points and three rebounds in her 24 minutes of play. Seventh-grader Ivy Brown got 25 minutes of floor time where she added four points, three rebounds and one assist.
The Lady Hawks didn’t allow a field goal in the final seven minutes of the game and Hart County’s final possession proved worthless as they didn’t even get off a shot.
Bud Ireland contributed to this article.