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By Jimmie Earls
Sun Sports Writer
Note: The Washington County Commanderettes began 19th District Tournament play Tuesday night. Results were not available at press time. Please visit www.readthesun.com for up-to-date highlights of all Washington County and 19th District action.
The Washington County Commanderettes finished the regular season with a 71-38 loss to the Danville Lady Admirals Friday night. The loss came as the result of poor shooting and a total of 42 turnovers. The WC girls end their regular season with a 5-20 record, but all records are wiped clean heading into district tournament action this week.
“Right now, everybody starts at 0-0,” said Commanderette head coach Bernard Smalley. “We’ll find a way. I’m not making any predictions, but I guarantee come Tuesday night, we’ll lay it on the line.”
Seniors Elizabeth Hahn and Courtney Guy were honored before the start of Friday’s game.
Danville got off to a 5-0 start, but WC stayed close. A layup by junior Pooh Railey gave WC an 8-7 lead with five minutes left in the first quarter. WC went up 12-9, but a three-pointer by Tiffany Yates of Danville tied the score at the 2:55 mark. Danville scored five unanswered points until WC’s Morgan Burton hit a trey to pull the Commanderettes within two. The Lady Admirals added four more points but Shelley Medley went to the free throw line for WC with 11 seconds remaining, sinking both shots to pull within four. Danville took a 21-17 lead into the second period.
The Lady Admirals scored five unanswered points to start the second quarter. WC’s Linda Libby went to the stripe and knocked down both shots to pull within seven, with Danville leading 26-19 with 5:10 left in the half. A jumper by Yates and a free throw shot by Taylor Turner gave Danville a 29-19 lead with 4:23 remaining. Burton hit a trey for WC, but the Lady Admirals then went on a 12-point run, building a 19-point lead at 41-22 with a minute left in the half. Railey went to the line and hit two and Hahn got a steal and took it to the hoop for two, but the Commanderettes were still down 43-26 at the break.
The second half opened with Danville’s Hannah Mountjoy and Jasmine Hawkins each scoring two. Medley answered for the Commanderettes with a jumper, but Danville countered with a trey by Kasey Young to go up 50-28 with 3:43 left in the third quarter. Young and Elesha Houston each added two more to give the Lady Admirals a 26-point lead. Burton hit a three-pointer for WC at the 2:08 mark, but Danville’s Houston and Essence Grey knocked down a bucket each while WC’s Medley and Rikki Fry added a pair of baskets as the teams traded shots. Danville built a 61-35 lead heading into the final period.
Danville scored eight unanswered to start the fourth quarter as Mountjoy sank three jumpers and Grey laid one up in the post for two points to put Danville ahead 69-35. Railey accounted for all three points for WC in the quarter, driving to the hoop for a layup at the 3:50 mark and going one-for-two at the charity stripe with 2:27 left to play. The final seconds of the regular season ticked off the clock and the Commanderettes fell 71-38. The win evened Danville’s regular season record at 12-12.
Yates led the Lady Admirals with 13 points, followed by Grey with 12 and Mountjoy with 11. Railey led the Commanderettes with 13 points.
DHS 21 22 18 9 - 71
WCHS 17 9 9 3 - 38
Danvile (71) – Yates 13, Turner 8, Hawkins 4, Houston 7, Mountjoy 11, Young 8, L. Grey 4, E. Grey 12, Fons 2, Critchfield 2
3-point shots: Yates 1, Turner 1, Young 2, E. Grey 1
Washington Co. (38) – Hahn 2, Railey 13, Burton 9, Yocum 4, Medley 6, Fry 2, Libby 2
3-point shots: Burton 3
Coach Bernard Smalley and his Washington County Commanderettes visited LaRue County last Tuesday night as they entered the final week of the regular season. In spite of some strong play, WC left Hodgenville with a 55-45 loss, dropping the girls to 5-18 on the year.
The Lady Hawks outscored the Commanderettes 13-9 in the first quarter but WC fought back and outscored LaRue 16-13 in the second to trail 26-25 at the break.
The Lady Hawks stayed ahead of the Commanderettes in the second half of play by outscoring WC 11-7 in the third and 18-13 in the final period to win 55-45. With the win, LaRue improved to 14-10 on the year.
The difference in the game was at the free-throw line where LaRue outshot Washington 67 percent to 33 percent. The Lady Hawks converted 26 of 39 attempts compared to nine out of 27 for the Commanderettes.
Freshman Shay Yocum led WC with 14 points, while Morgan Burton had 13. Pooh Railey turned in an eight-point performance. The Lady Hawks’ Lyndsay Whitlock led LaRue County with 15 points.
WCHS 9 16 7 13 – 45
LCHS 13 13 11 18 – 55
Washington Co. (45) – Railey 8, Burton 13, Yocum 14, Haydon 4, Fry 2, Turner 4
3-point shots: None
LaRue Co. (55) – L. Whitlock 15, Howell 7, V. Whitlock 7, Bowling 9, Zajdel 6, Brown 9, Phillips 2
3-point shots: V. Whitlock 1, Zajdel 1, Brown 1
Thursday night, E-Town’s Alex Jones scored 26 points to lead the 23-2 Lady Panthers past the Commanderettes, 67-18
“They probably have the best point guard in the region in Natalie Greenwell,” said Smalley. “They’re a solid ball club, number one in the state, number one in the region. There was no pressure. I told our girls to go out there loose and have a little fun. It could have been a lot worse. Coach (Tim) Mudd took it easy on us, he knows we have a young team.”
WCHS 2 9 6 1 - 18
EHS 24 20 15 8 - 67
Now that the regular season is over, the Commanderettes turn their attention to the postseason. Pending the results of the first round, the Commanderettes could see action Friday in the district championship game. All boys’ and girls’ district games this week can be heard live on WYSB 102.7 FM with each tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m.
Pick up next week’s issue of The Springfield Sun for a wrap-up of all 19th District Tournament action as well as highlights, photos and video online at www.readthesun.com.