LaRue’s Lady Hawks lost their season opener against the host Meade County Lady Waves, 55-50.
The Lady Hawks trailed by two points, 7-9, at the end of the first quarter. Meade outscored LaRue 9-18 in the second quarter.
The teams combined for 49 fouls – and LaRue County coach Travis Wootton was given a technical foul late in the fourth quarter. The Lady Hawks struggled from the foul line, making just 20-of-41 shots.
The Lady Hawks trailed by 17 going to the fourth quarter. That’s when sophomore Ivy Brown began to heat up and almost turned the game around for LaRue County.
Brown scored 17 of her game-high 24 points in the fourth, including hitting a bank-in 3-pointer that trimmed Meade County’s lead to 42-31 with 5:50 left. After Meade County’s Addi Lynch hit 1-of-2 free throws, Brown scored LaRue County’s next seven points to bring the Lady Hawks within 43-38 with 4:15 remaining.
Meade County pulled out to a 48-39 lead with 2:53 left and never let the Lady Hawks get closer than five points the rest of the way.
LaRue County’s foul shooting had a lot to do with it. The Lady Hawks had several chances to put even more pressure on Meade County, but couldn’t capitalize.
“That’s the difference in the game. You make your free throws, you win the game. If you don’t, you lose,” Wootton said. “Honestly, it’s not very shocking. We’ve came out and pretty much lollygagged through practice about every other day for about a month now. We’ll learn from it.
“We battled until the end and had a chance to win,” he added. “That’s about the only positive I can give you. Hopefully we start showing some maturity on Monday in practice.”
Alexis Brewer had 10 points, seven rebounds and five steals before fouling out in the fourth quarter, while Haley Holt added eight points and three rebounds. Alisha Durbin scored five points; Allison Evans chipped in two; Shana Zajdel hit a free-throw.
The Lady Hawks host Hart County at 6:30 p.m. Friday.