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Washington County vs. Shelby County
Score: 47-34 Washington County
When: Saturday, Jan. 19
Where: Marion County High School
Key players: WCHS - Kenya Turner, Jennifer Keene
Game highlights: The Commanderettes (8-7) got a big win on Saturday, bouncing back from three-straight losses with a 47-34 win over Shelby County (12-9) in the third annual Autism Classic at Marion County High School.
Senior Kenya Turner led the way to the Washington County win with 15 points to go with 10 rebounds, while fellow-post player junior Jennifer Keene added 12 points.
“Coming off three losses, that was a huge win for us,” said Washington County Head Coach Bernard Smalley. “I thought our kids played a complete game for all four quarters, maybe for the first time all year. That (win) was big for us confidence-wise.”
The Commanderettes needed to get off to a quick start and they did just that, jumping out to a 17-8 lead after the first quarter by moving the ball on offense and getting inside consistently.
The Lady Rockets settled down in the second quarter, staying in the game at 25-18 at halftime, but the second half would belong to Washington County.
Three freshmen guards, Nic Brizendine (10 points), Taylor Eldridge (six points) and Lexi Thompson (four points) took pressure off of the Commanderettes’ post duo and helped them to a 35-24 lead with one quarter to play.
Shelby County was unable to rally in the final period, and WC cruised back into the win column and a game over .500. Smalley was pleased with his team’s defensive effort in the victory and looked ahead to a tough upcoming schedule.
“Shelby County I think only had one three-pointer all game, so we did a good job there,” he said. “We’ve got a tough challenge this week (at Elizabethtown and at home against Adair County) and I just want us to show that we can compete.”
The Commanderettes hosted Bardstown (3-17) on Tuesday night after press time, and will be at Elizabethtown (14-5) on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Adair County (13-7) will visit on Saturday at 8 p.m.