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Lady Hawks rout Lady Waves 67-41

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Landmark News Service

 The Lady Hawks defeated Meade County Tuesday 67-41.

Junior forward Ivy Brown and freshman guard Alexis Brewer scored 15 points each for the host Lady Hawks, while junior forward Alisha Durbin added 13 points in the win.

LaRue County snapped its three-game losing streak and ended the Lady Waves’ two-game winning streak. The Lady Hawks also avenged a 55-50 loss to Meade County on Dec. 2 by taking control with defense.

After Friday night's 58-57 loss at 18th District rival Green County, LaRue County coach Travis Wootton said his team had to be stronger with the basketball.

The Lady Hawks got into early foul trouble as Brown picked up her second foul with 12.6 seconds left in the first quarter. Wootton switched to a 2-3 zone and the move confounded Meade County.

Even with their leading scorer on the bench the entire second period, the Lady Hawks didn’t slow down. They outscored the Lady Waves, 15-5 and held Meade County to just 3-of-20 (15 percent) shooting in the first half. They increased their lead to 32-13 at halftime and to 29 points after three quarters.

“It (the zone) was good for our momentum. The zone helps us keep our momentum and we don't foul as much in it,” Durbin said. “We were frustrated from last game (Friday night). That and it's what we talked about at practice. We were looking to score more and drive more and not just be out on the perimeter.”

The Lady Hawks drove plenty. LaRue County finished 22-of-42 from the field (52.4 percent), consistently moving the ball and scoring all but one basket inside the paint or from the free-throw line.

LaRue County's inside trio of Brown, Durbin and Evans combined for 37 points and 22 rebounds, while senior guard Shana Zajdel had seven points and two steals. The Lady Hawks outrebounded the Lady Waves, 40-26 and dominated the offensive glass.

“Shana, Alisha, Haley and Alley (Evans) all had solid games for us. Alexis did a good job taking care of the offense. She ran the team. Tonight was probably her best game as far as running the team,” Wootton said. “We did a much better job blocking out. We did a block out drill for 30 minutes yesterday. Maybe we should do it every day.”

Rounding out the scoring for the Lady Hawks were Miranda Hornback, two points; and Delaney Eastridge, one point.