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By Jimmie Earls
Sun Sports Writer
The Washington County Commanderettes are now 0-5 on the season following losses to Garrard, Marion and Russell Counties last week. Plagued by the inability to get the ball through the hoop, Washington County must find a way to score as they face district competition this week against Bardstown and Bethlehem.
The Commanderettes hosted the 3-0 Lady Lions of Garrard County on Dec. 9. From the start, it was Garrard County's game as WC could not find the basket, scoring only two points in the first quarter.
It was a repeat performance in the second quarter as the Commanderettes managed two more points. Garrard led 17-4 at the half.
Washington County finally found some life in the third quarter as they outscored the Lady Lions 9-7 to make the score 24-13. But in the final quarter, the Lady Lions kept pace with the Comanderettes and held on for the 36-24 victory.
Washington County was led in scoring by Pooh Railey with 12 points, despite playing with a bruised knee she suffered in the Taylor County game to open the season. Shay Yocum added five points on the night.
Washington County shot 19.5 percent from the field (9 for 46), going zero-for-seven from three-point range.
Garrard County's Emiley Meadows and Kelly Smith each put up double-doubles, with Meadows recording 13 points and 15 rebounds, while Smith had 13 points and 13 boards. Haley Meadows had six points and five assists for Garrard.
Garrard Co. 11 6 7 12 36
Washington Co. 2 2 9 11 24
Garrard County (36) – Smith 13, E. Meadows 13, H. Meadows 6, Newsome 2, Goldey 2
Washington County (24) – Railey 12, Yocum 5, Haydon 2, Burton 2, Medley 2, Libby 1
The 2-1 Lady Knights hosted the Commanderettes Friday night. Once again, WC got off to slow start, scoring four points in the first quarter as Marion took a 16-4 lead.
The Lady Knights smelled blood and went in for the kill, outscoring the Commanderettes 18-9 in the second quarter to take a 34-15 lead into the break.
Washington County's Pooh Railey went down hard in the first half as her bruised knee forced her out of the game. Marion County would capitalize by scoring on turnovers and building their lead in the second half.
Led by Bre Elder, who scored 22 points, the Lady Knights padded their lead in the third quarter by outshooting the Commanderettes 15-10 to take a 49-25 lead into the fourth quarter.
Edler was strong in the post for Marion County as they pulled away in the final quarter to earn a 62-34 win.
Offensively for Washington County, Shay Yocum led the Commanderettes with 15 points.
Washington Co. 4 9 10 9 34
Marion Co. 16 18 15 13 62
Washington County (34) – Railey 5, Yocum 15, Haydon 4, Burton 2, Godshall 4, Guy 4
Marion County (62) – Johnson 7, Goodin-Rogers 7, Epps 6, Elder 22, Andrea King 7, Goodin 1, Roberts 4, Alyson King 4, Medley 4
Saturday night, the Commanderettes traveled to Russell Springs to take on the 2-0 Russell County Lady Lakers in the Banker's Hardwood Classic. The Commanderettes would be without junior guard Pooh Railey.
The Commanderettes only connected on eight shots from the floor all night, going eight-for-37 including two-for-five from three-point range for a shooting percentage of 19 percent. They also had trouble with free throws, shooting 28 percent, going seven-for-25 at the charity stripe.
No Washington County players scored in double digits, while Russell County was led in scoring by Kim Pierce with 20 points.
Washington County (25) – Godshall 5, Burton 5, Yocum 6, Haydon 4, Hayden 3, Hourigan 2
Russell County (54) - Pierce 20, Hoover 13, Grider 8, Ramage 6, McClure 5, Miller 2, Burton 2, Thomas 2
Next up for the Commanderettes was their first district contest of the season, hosting Bardstown Tuesday night. Details were not available at press time. Visit the sports section on www.readthesun.com for info on the game.
The Commanderettes will host the Bethlehem Banshees Friday at 7:30 p.m. in a boys/girls double-header. Girls play the nightcap game. Catch all the action from both games live on WYSB 102.7 FM with pre-game hitting the airwaves at 5:45 p.m.