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Commanderettes get first win; Commanders fall to 0-6
The Washington County Commanderettes held on to beat Bethlehem 47-41 Friday night to notch their first victory of the season and improve to 1-1 in district play, 1-6 overall.
Washington County got off to an early 6-2 lead in the first quarter and never trailed in the game, although Bethlehem came within one point on several occasions. WC had a slim 24-21 lead at the half but they were able to focus and stay a step or two ahead of the Banshees all night.
“We had some kids step up tonight,” said WC head coach Bernard Smalley after the game. “Shelley Medley played well tonight, of course Pooh Railey played well. I though Lizzy Hahn came out and shot the ball well, and I was impressed with my eighth-grader Kenya Turner, she gave us some big minutes off the bench.”
Pooh Railey led the Commanderettes with 14 points, going six-for-11 from the free throw line. Strong nights were also turned in by Shelley Medley and Morgan Burton, with eight points each.
Next the Commanderettes travel to Horse Cave for the Caverna Tournament on Tuesday.
The Commanders played a close game in the first half, down four points at the end of the first quarter, and trailing 27-22 at the break, but they were never able to find a rhythm to gain the lead as they lost to the Eagles 64-48. It’s the first win for Bethlehem as they improve to 1-3 and the Commanders fall to 0-6.
Jacob Allgeier had a big night for Bethlehem, shooting 72.7 percent from the floor for 23 points. Other Eagles scoring in double digits were Brandon Hurst and Will Samuels with 11 points each.
John Hamilton had a double-double for the Commanders with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
The Commanders shot 35 percent from the floor, hitting 14 of 40 attempts and were three-for-14 on three-point attempts for 21.4 percent.
WC had 27 turnovers and Bethlehem turned several of them into points. The Commanders pulled within two with 5:17 left in the third quarter, but the Eagles outscored WC 22-11 in the fourth quarter to seal the 64-48 win.
Catch a wrap-up of all the past week’s hoops action in next week’s Springfield Sun and online at www.readthesun.com.