By Jimmie Earls
Sun Sports Writer
After resuming their schedule following the ice storm that crippled Central Kentucky, the Washington County Commanderettes hosted the Lady Eagles from Campbellsville and the Lady Indians from Adair County this past week. The Commanderettes dropped both games at home and sit at 5-14 on the season with another challenging week coming up. With a 3-3 record in district play, WC needs to finish out the season strong if they want to have any chance of advancing in the district tournament in two weeks.
The Lady Eagles came into Springfield with a 5-15 record, but don’t let the record fool you. Campbellsville was hungry for a win and got it at the expense of the Commanderettes, winning 53-41 last Wednesday night.
The Lady Eagles got on the board first with a free throw by Ashyya Robinson followed by a three-pointer by Tiffany Slone to get Campbellsville off to a 4-0 start. Pooh Railey got WC on the board with a free throw. Sarah Godshall added two while Lizzy Haydon knocked down a trey to pull the Commanderettes within three points at the end of the quarter as Campbellsville led 9-6.
In the second quarter, the Lady Eagles made their move as Danielle Morris went four-for-four from the free-throw line. Campbellsville led 22-9 with 2:45 left in the first half. Michelle Hayden hit a three-pointer to bring the score to 22-12, but the Lady Eagles pulled away on a seven-point run, and despite a jumper by WC junior Morgan Burton with five seconds left in the half, Campbellsville took a 29-15 lead into halftime.
The Commanderettes found new life in the third quarter as Godshall hit three two-pointers and Haydon knocked down a trey to chip away at a 14-point deficit. Burton went to the line with 2:04 left in the quarter and knocked both shots down to get WC within three, cutting Campbellsville’s lead to 33-30. The Lady Eagles held a slim 37-34 lead at the end of three quarters.
Godshall cut the lead to 37-36 at the start of the fourth quarter. Back-to-back fouls by Godshall and Burton sent Campbellsville’s Danielle Morris to the line and she hit all four shots to start a nine-point run by the Lady Eagles. That was enough for Campbellsville to come away with a 53-41 victory.
Morris led Lady Eagle scoring with 21, and 14 of those came at the charity stripe. Brittany Vaught also scored in double figures with 12 points. The lone Commanderette in double digits was Godshall with 13 points.
CHS 9 20 8 16 - 53
WCHS 6 9 19 7 - 41
Campbellsville (53) – Morris 21, Slone 9, Robinson 5, Wilson 1, Gamboa 5, Vaught 12
3-point shots: Slone 1, Morris 1, Gamboa 1
Washington County (41) – Railey 9, Godshall 13, Burton 6, Yocum 4, Haydon 8, Hayden 3
3-point shots: Haydon 2, Hayden 1
The 10-10 Lady Indians rolled into Washington County Saturday night and were ready to do battle with the Commanderettes. Scoring was even through the first quarter as the teams basically traded baskets. Adair County led 15-13 at the end of the first. The trend continued in the second as both teams scored 15 points in the quarter. Washington County never let the game get away, trailing by as many as seven points at one time, only to cut that lead with back-to-back layups from Yocum and Godshall to pull within three with less than a minute to go in the half. Burton hit a trey for WC with five seconds left in the quarter to cut the Lady Indians’ lead to 30-28 at the break.
Things cooled off at the start of the second half as neither team was able to do anything for the first couple of minutes. With 5:14 left in the third, Railey tied the game at 30 all. From this point the Commanderettes got into some foul trouble and kept sending Adair to the line. Adair’s Chelsea Beard and D.J. Ballou were able to tack on two points each at the stripe while WC struggled to find the net. The Lady Indians took a 39-35 lead into the final eight minutes of play.
In the fourth quarter, WC kept trying to hit from three-point range but couldn’t get anything to fall, while Adair County kept inching further out of reach with a free throw here and a two-pointer there. Katie Keltner came on strong for the Lady Indians in the final five minutes, getting a takeaway and scoring two points to start a 10-point run by Adair highlighted by Beard scoring in the post to build their lead to 52-40 with a minute and a half left in the game.
A scary moment came for Adair with 23 seconds left as Beard fell to the ground and needed assistance off the court. Preliminary reports indicted a wrist injury.
After play resumed, Adair County was able to hang on for the 54-45 win to improve to 11-10 on the year. The Commanderettes fell to 5-14 with the loss.
The difference in the game was at the free-throw line where Adair County went 12-for-18 while WC went one for four.
Three Commanderettes reached double figures in scoring, led by Pooh Railey with 14, followed by Godshall and Burton who each had 10 points on the night. Beard led Adair scoring with 16 points, followed by Ballou with 15 and Keltner with 10.
ACHS 15 15 9 15 - 54
WCHS 13 15 7 10 - 45
Adair County (54) – Keltner 10, Rodgers 2, Martin 7, Ballou 15, Otterson 3, Wethington 1, Beard 16
3-point shots: Ballou 1, Otterson 1
Washington County (45) – Railey 14, Godshall 10, Burton 10, Yocum 8, Haydon 3
3-point shots: Burton 2, Yocum 1, Haydon 1
The WC girls will hit the court again Friday night at home as they play the second game of a boy/girl doubleheader against Marion County. It will be “Coaches Vs. Cancer Night” as donations will be taken by the Washington County Relay for Life.
If you can’t make it to the game, catch all the action on WYSB 102.7 FM starting with the boys tip-off at 6 p.m. Game highlights and photos will be in the next issue of The Springfield Sun as well as online at www.readthesun.com.