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By Jimmie Earls
Sun Sports Writer
The Washington County Commanderettes dropped two straight district contests last week, losing 68-35 to Nelson County last Tuesday, and 55-46 to Bethlehem. With his squad now 0-2 in district play, head coach Bernard Smalley just wants to stay out of the fourth seed come district tournament time.
“I knew we would have our hands full with Nelson County and Samantha Drake,” Smalley said. “What disappointed me was that we were warming up and our girls were looking at Drake like she was a rock star. They were admiring her when they should have been competing, and none of our kids competed for the first half. We played hard, but we just didn’t compete. It doesn’t matter who we’re going up against, you have to compete. If we can do that for all four quarters, then we’ll get some W’s.”
Washington Co. 5 7 11 12—35
Nelson Co. 19 17 15 17—68
WC (35) — Railey 18, Yocum 7, Burton 7, Umulisa 3, Edelen 1, Turner 1, Hayden 3
NC (68) — S. Drake 19, Wimsett 7, Clark 3, Hagan 12, Maupin 5, C. Drake 3, Mattingly 12, Lewis 4, Hogan 2
On Friday, the Commanderettes visited Bethlehem, and although seniors Morgan Burton, Pooh Railey and sophomore Shay Yocum scored in double digits, it wasn’t enough to overcome a 30-point performance from the Banshees’ Cate Hurst.
WC kept pace with Bethlehem in the first half with the Commanderettes taking a 16-14 lead into the break.
That’s when Hurst took control and exploded for 23 second-half points, going 12 or 16 on free throws. The 55-46 loss dropped the Commanderettes to 1-5 and 0-2 in district.
For the rest of this story, see this week's issue of The Springfield Sun.