By Jimmie Earls
Sun Sports Writer
When it comes to the Washington County Commanderettes, it’s either feast or famine. Right now, things seem to be pretty lean, but that is not going to stop the Commanderettes from fighting until the end and giving it their best shot. As the season winds down, it’s gut check time for WC.
Washington County went up against Taylor County last Tuesday. The Commanderettes had trouble from the start as the Lady Cardinals got off to an 11-0 lead and never looked back. Taylor County outscored WC 20-8 in the first quarter and 14-10 in the second to take a 34-18 lead into the break.
The second half had the Lady Cards staying one step ahead of the Commanderettes, outscoring WC 12-8 in the third and 12-10 in the final period to win 58-36.
“Honestly, we weren’t ready to play,” said WC head coach Bernard Smalley. “We can’t turn the switch on and off, we have to come out and play.”
Sophomore guard Hope Wigginton led Taylor County with 28 points, while junior Meleigha Pollock finished with 13.
Washington County junior Pooh Railey led the Commanderettes with 12 on the night.
WCHS 8 10 8 10 – 36
TCHS 20 14 12 12 – 58
Washington Co. (36) – Railey 12, Burton 3, Yocum 8, Haydon 6, Medley 2, Hayden 3
3-point shots: Haydon 2, Hayden 1
Taylor Co. (58) – Wigginton 28, Pollock 13, Cox 5, Peake 7, Thomas 2, Gregory 2
3-point shots: Wigginton 3, Cox 1
Last Friday, the Commanderettes hosted the Marion County Lady Knights in the Washington/Marion Challenge. It was “Coaches vs. Cancer” night as money was raised for the Washington County Relay for Life.
Things got underway slowly in the first quarter as Washington County played keepaway for the first two minutes of play. It may have looked awkward, but it was a strategy carefully planned by Smalley.
“Our plan was to shorten the game,” said Smalley. “Instead of eight minute quarters, shorten it to four minutes and have a chance. I have to credit Marion County coach Trent Milby. He came out of the zone because he knew what we were trying to do. He went to a man-to-man attack against us.”
The Lady Knights led 12-2 after first quarter and then outscored the Commanderettes 14-7 in the second to lead 26-9 after the first half of play.
Marion County padded their lead in the third quarter, outscoring WC 17-14 to lead 43-25 going into the final quarter. The Lady Knights went on a six-point run anchored by a pair of two-pointers by Andrea King.
Commanderette scoring was few and far between as the Lady Knights continued to distance themselves. With the final minutes counting down, Marion County took a 32-point lead as Shakila Goodin hit a two-point jumper to give the Lady Knights a 66-34 lead. Despite a last second trey by WC sophomore Michelle Hayden, the Commanderettes fell 68-42 to Marion County.
“Our kids played hard but Marion County is probably the second best team in the region right now,” added Smalley. “They’re strong, they can throw eight or nine girls at you.”
It was definitely a team effort on Marion County’s part as 10 different players scored for the Lady Knights. Leading the way was Andrea King, who finished the night with 14 points, followed by Dee Johnson with 11.
Despite a 19-point evening by Railey, the Commanderettes’ offense couldn’t get going in the first half and by then, it was too late.
MCHS 12 14 17 25 – 68
WCHS 2 7 14 17 – 42
Marion Co. (68) – Johnson 11, An. King 14, Epps 2, Al. King 9, Goodin-Rogers 6, Reynolds 3, Roberts 7, Elder 2, Goodin 8, Medley 6
3-point shots: Johnson 1, Reynolds 1, Medley 2
Washington Co. (42) – Railey 19, Godshall 1, Burton 8, Yocum 5, Medley 6, Hayden 3
3-point shots: Hayden 1
The Commanderettes spent Valentine’s Day in Campbellsville and played solid for three quarters. With seven minutes to go in the game, the score was tied and it was anybody’s game to win – or lose. Unfortunately, WC came home with a 47-35 loss to the Lady Eagles.
“We played well for three quarters,” added Smalley. “We miss a few defensive assignments and they (Campbellsville) were able to score and defeat us by 12 points.”
Tiffany Slone led the Lady Eagles with 15 points and hit three treys on the night. Railey led WC with 12 points in the losing effort.
WCHS 6 10 9 10 – 35
CHS 6 11 9 18 – 47
Washington Co. (35) – Railey 12, Godshall 2, Burton 8, Yocum 6, Haydon 3, Medley 4
3-point shots: Burton 1, Haydon 1
Campbellsville (47) – Slone 15, Morris 7, Robinson 4, Karr 4, Gamboa 9, Vaught 4
3-point shots: Slone 3
With less than a week to go before starting the 19th District Tournament at home against Bardstown, the Washington County Commanderettes face a tough weekend. Thursday night, the WC girls will travel to E-Town to face the 22-2 Panthers before finishing the regular season at home against Danville Friday night.
Friday night’s game will be carried on WYSB 102.7 FM with pre-game starting around 7:15 p.m., followed by the tip-off at 7:30 p.m.
This Tuesday, the WC girls play in 19th District Tournament action as they face the Bardstown Lady Tigers at 8 p.m. at WCHS. Nelson County will play Bethlehem in the first game at 6 p.m. All 19th District tourney action will be live on WYSB 102.7 FM.
Keep up-to-date with all Washington County and 19th District action in The Springfield Sun and online at www.readthesun.com.