Commanderettes can’t end 17-game losing streak to Marion

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By John Overby

Marion County


The last time a WC Commanderette (3-15, 1-6) team was able to celebrate a victory over bitter rival Marion County (11-11) was Jan. 3, 2006.

And after last Saturday night’s 54-28 loss, WC will have to wait until at least next season to put a stop to their current 17-game skid.

One issue that Head Coach Bernard Smalley, who has yet to beat the Lady Knights during his tenure as head coach, saw with his team was their lack of enthusiasm to play their border rival.

“It’s a rivalry game, they’re playing Marion County and I didn’t feel like they were fired up,” Smalley said. “I think that, for most of the kids,  it just seemed like another game to them.”

This lack of motivation was compounded with WC’s lack of ball security, something Smalley has cited as a problem all season long.

“These kids are real young, so sometimes, their ball-handling’s not that strong, and they throw the ball away.”

Smalley did note, however, that he was pleased with his team’s ability to get the ball into the low post, especially to senior Jennifer Keene, and their man-to-man defense.

“They’re a good three-point shooting team, but I think our defense did a good job of getting out on their shooters for the most part.”


Last Monday night, the final count in the box score read: Campbellsville - 25, Keene - 24.

Although the senior had almost accounted for more points than the Lady Eagles (3-19), the 49-25 win was far from a one-person show.

Smalley looked to utilize Keene’s size advantage on offense, but on defense, he leaned on junior Jadiesha Durham.

“[Durham] guarded their best player, and she did an excellent job,” Smalley said. “We just really played well as a team, I thought.”

In fact, all 16 players were able to log playing time in the rout.

Smalley and his squad will look to repeat the performance on Thursday night as the Commanderettes will play a rematch against the Eagles at home tomorrow night.