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Commanderettes now on four-game skid

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By John Overby

Bardstown

Last Saturday night, the WC Commanderettes (1-4, 0-2) hosted the Bardstown Lady Tigers (2-3, 1-0) and lost by a score of 47-40.

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Last season, the Commanderettes were able to sweep a struggling Bardstown team  and even outscored them by a total of 32 points in only two matchups.

But Bardstown, now on a two-game winning streak, looks to exceed last season’s six-game win total early on.

As for WC, the loss is the team’s fourth in a row, a mark that the Commanderettes did not reach all of last season.

Thomas Nelson

The WC Commanderettes fell 42-34 to the Thomas Nelson Lady Generals last Friday night.

With the win, the Generals have now won three straight games after a rough 0-3 start to the season to bring their record back up to .500.

Last season, the Commanderettes swept the Generals in both matchups, winning by a total of 32 points.

The Commanderettes, in their first district matchup of the year, started the game off strong, racing out to a 16-13 lead with less than 30 seconds to go in the first half.

Sophomore point guard Lexi Thompson dribbled out much of the remaining clock, and after a brief display of ball movement around the top of the key in the closing seconds, fellow sophomore Karagan Brizendine sank a buzzer-beating three-pointer to put the Commanderettes up by six going into the half.

The last-second shot seemed to deflate the Generals’ resolve heading into the locker room.

But with WC senior center Jennifer Keene in foul trouble throughout much of the contest, the Generals began to attack the paint.

A 10-4 Thomas Nelson run, capped off by an and-one play from junior forward Evelyn Tichenor, knotted up the score at 23 toward the end of the third quarter.

And going into the final period, Thomas Nelson went out in front by three, 27-24.

Although this was a lead that the Generals would not relinquish, the Commanderettes were only down by one point with 3:28 left to play.

However, the Generals nipped the WCHS rally in the bud and went on an 8-1 run of their own to end the game with an eight-point win.

Tichenor led Thomas Nelson’s attack with 26 points. No other General scored in double figures.

Brizendine, battling through flu-like symptoms, led the scoring attack for the Commanderettes with eight points.

Junior Jadiesha Durham added seven points, senior Amber Grigsby had five and Thompson chipped in four.

The Commanderettes travelled to Nelson County after press time yesterday evening.

Their next matchup will be on the road against the Bethlehem Banshees on Friday night.