Commanderettes can’t hang with Green Co.

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By Brandon Mattingly


Washington County vs. Green County
When: Monday, Jan. 14
Where: Washington County High School
Key players: WCHS - Kenya Turner GCHS - Laura Houk
Game highlights: The Washington County girls (7-7) were unable to return to the 5th Region All-A second round on Monday night, dropping a 76-52 decision to Green County (11-6) in a game that got away from the Commanderettes in the third quarter.

The Lady Dragons got off to a quick start, leading 23-13 after the first quarter, but a pair of threes from junior Riquel Logan helped WC stay close. Still, Green County pushed its lead to 18 points with two minutes to play in the half, before Washington County broke off a 7-1 run to close the half down 41-29.

The Lady Dragons went on a run of their own, 8-0, to start the second half and take a 20-point advantage, and they never looked back. Logan ended the run with her third three of the game, but Green County pushed the lead right back up to 23 heading into the fourth quarter.

Senior Kenya Turner, who led the way with 24 points, got a basket and a foul to start the final period, followed by a layup by freshman Nic Brizendine  off of a (junior) Jennifer Keene steal. That flurry cut the deficit to 17, but that was as close as Washington County would get the rest of the way.

Freshman Taylor Eldridge followed Turner’s 24 with 11 points. Green County was led by sophomore Laura Houk, who had 19 points.

Washington County @ Nelson County
: 56-20 Nelson County
When: Tuesday, Jan. 8
Where: Nelson County High School
Key players: WCHS - Jennifer Keene NCHS - Cierra Drake
Game highlights: The top seed in the girls’ 19th District was on the line last Tuesday at Nelson County High School, but only the defending district champs looked up to the challenge, as the Lady Cardinals (14-4) ran away for a 56-20 win.

“You have to give (Nelson County) and Coach (Kelly) Wood a lot of credit. They have been playing well,” Smalley told the Kentucky Standard following the game. “They have got a solid ball club. They’re big, and they can shoot the three. They’re going to be hard to beat in the 19th District.”

Nelson County took control from the outset, building a commanding 32-11 lead at halftime and never looking back.

The Commanderettes were unable to make a push in the second half either, only managing two points in the third quarter, as Nelson County quickly pushed the lead over 30 points.
Keene led Washington County with 10 points. Nelson County senior Cierra Drake posted 12 points to go with seven steals.

The win, paired with the Lady Cardinals’ (6-0 in district play) home win over Bethlehem on Friday locked up the No. 1 seed for NC, while the Commanderettes (4-2 in district play) now look to defend their position as the district’s two seed against Thomas Nelson (2-3).

The Commanderettes will take the court again on Saturday against Shelby County (11-7) at Marion County at 3 p.m. WC hosts Bardstown (3-16) on Tuesday at 6 p.m.