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Mired in the second-longest losing streak (at eight games) under Head Coach Bernard Smalley, the WC Commanderettes (3-14, 1-6) were able to break out of their slump at Campbellsville on Monday night and pull out a convincing 49-25 win over the Lady Tigers (3-17).
The win was WC’s third of the year.
Full details of the game will appear in next week’s edition of The Springfield Sun.
In last Saturday’s contest against Adair County, WC fell to the Lady Indians (11-7) by a score of 62-40.
For Smalley, the contest would have been completely different had WC been able to sink their free throws, missing 16 out of 24 free throws, five of which were on the front end of one-and-ones.
“We played well, but you can’t miss that many free throws and win a ball game too often,” Smalley said.
Down 12 at the half, the Commanderettes were unable to convert on two quick lay-up attempts coming out of the locker room that could have cut the Lady Indians’ lead to single digits.
WC was unable to bring the game back within striking distance, but Smalley was still impressed by his team’s effort until the final buzzer sounded.
“We showed a lot of good things against Adair,” Smalley said. “As long as you play hard, good things will happen, win or lose.”
One new face for the Commanderettes was senior India Yocum, who has only played sparingly up to this point in the season.
However, against Adair, Yocum logged 22 minutes and showed great leadership, according to Smalley.
“Her minutes are probably going to start going up after that performance,” Smalley said. “She played really well.”
Despite suffering a 77-23 rout at the hands of the Elizabethtown Panthers (17-4), Smalley believes that his team showed great effort, something that was lacking in their game two nights prior.
Smalley stated that Elizabethtown, one of the top teams in the state, was “just better than us.”
“They’ve got a heck of a team,” Smalley said. “Our girls could have laid down and done nothing, but they didn’t do that. They gave their best effort, and that’s all you can ask. When you play a team that talented, you’re just looking to compete and see how you stand up against a team like that. Whatever happens, happens.”
The top player for the Panthers, sophomore Erin Boley, has already received a scholarship offer from Connecticut, a perennial powerhouse in womens’ college basketball.
And she lived up to her reputation against WC, outscoring the Commanderettes by herself by six points.
WC was led in scoring by senior Jennifer Keene and sophomore Karagan Brizendine, who contributed six and four points, respectively.
Practically nothing went right for the Commanderettes against the Bardstown Lady Tigers (9-11, 3-3) in what Smalley described as “the most disappointing game all year.”
“Nothing was pretty about that game,” Smalley said of his team’s 54-27 loss. “They flat came out and kicked our tail, beat us in every facet of the game. They were ready, we weren’t. It’s that simple.”
For Smalley, the difference in the game — WC only lost by seven in the two teams’ previous meeting — was the Commanderettes’ “complete lack of effort.”
“They wanted it a lot more than we did,” Smalley said. “We were just going through the motions, and they just whipped us everywhere.”
After the game, Smalley said that his message to the team was to have his players reflect on the game and evaluate how much “heart and effort” they had.
The next game for the Commanderettes will be this Saturday at Marion County, the team’s border rival.