Flurry of second-quarter threes dooms Commanderettes

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By Brandon Mattingly


Washington County vs. Mercer County
Score: 58-31 Mercer County
When: Thursday, Dec. 20
Where: Campbellsville High School
Key players: WCHS - Jennifer Keene MCHS - Heidi Huffman, Lyric Houston
Game highlights: The Commanderette basketball team tipped off the Food Pantry Holiday Classic at Campbellsville High School on Thursday, and despite having the game against Mercer County tied at 17 with five minutes to play in the first half, WC found itself in a big hole at the halftime break on their way to a 58-31 loss.

Mercer County (4-3) caught fire from deep late in the first half, included back-to-back threes by senior Cassidy Martin and another by eighth-grader Lyric Houson as part of an 11-0 Lady Titans run.

Washington County junior Jennifer Keene broke up the run with a basket inside, but Mercer County didn’t relent as Houston buried another three before sophomores Catheryne Claunch and Heidi Huffman joined the three-point barrage.  A steal and an easy Mercer County layup with 44 seconds left in the half pushed the halftime score to 39-19.

The road didn’t get any easier for the Commanderettes from there, only mustering five points in the third quarter and seven more in the fourth as Mercer County pulled away for a 27-point win.

Keene led the way for Washington County with 20 points -- 14 of those coming in the first half. Senior Kenya Turner was held to five points on just 1-of-7 shooting at the free-throw line. Junior Riquel Logan hit a three-pointer in the first quarter and freshman Nic Brizendine added a trey in the final period to round out the scoring for WC.

Huffman led the way for the Lady Titans with 16 points, followed by Martin’s 13 and Houston’s 10.

The loss dropped WC to 4-4 on the season. The holiday classic continued into Friday and Saturday after press time and the Commanderettes will be back in action on Jan. 4 on the road at Bethlehem, before heading to Marion County to take on the 5th Region favorite Lady Knights on Jan. 5.