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Lincoln County High School’s Lady Falcons (5-1) picked up three wins, all at home last week.
Saturday, the ladies won over Loretto; Thursday, it was Coffee County; and Tuesday night, the Lady Falcons won over Hazel Green.
This week the ladies have their first District 8-AAA game of the season, traveling to Shelbyville Friday night. The Lady Eagles come into the match-up at 1-5 with their win coming from Brentwood.
“I feel pretty good about the progress we’re making,” said Coach Herman Hardin. “Mentally, we’ve had some breakdowns that we’ve got to improve on. We need to stay focused for the full 32 minutes.
“We’ve got some girls putting in a lot of work – even outside of practice,” Hardin continued. “Both the girls and I can see that’s paying off.
“Shelbyville’s got a new coach,” he added. “The boys coach, Kevin Thomas, took over the girls’ program this year. They’ll play hard. They lost a tough game with Siegel in the final minutes last week. Hopefully, we’ll have Rebecca Hone back to help us out.”
Hone remains sidelined recovering from a broken nose.
“We’ve gone hard this week; we’ve had three games in five days. I’m glad we’ve got an extra day or so to get our legs back and to prepared for the Lady Eagles.”
Saturday night, the ladies picked up a 59-53 win over the Lady Mustangs.
It seemed LCHS was on their way to an easy win, up 26-11 at the end of one. Both teams picked up 13 points in the second quarter, and the ladies were up 39-24 at the break.
But, the focus went to Loretto in the second half. By the end of three, LCHS led 47-37.
With 1:10 remaining in the game, the Lady Mustangs cut the lead inside ten points, 57-49. Loretto picked up four points from the line in the final minute, making it a four-point game. With 8 seconds, Cortney Storey dropped two from the line to seal the win for the ladies.
Shy Buchanan had her best game of the season, scoring 21 points. Cortney Storey followed with 12; McKinley Slayton had 9; Morgan Higgins, 7; Elizabeth Faulkner, 5; Khiana Miller, 3; and Reilly Watson had 2.
LCHS was 13 of 29 from the paint and 9 of 21 from the arch. From the line, the ladies were 6 of 11.
Buchanan and Slayton were 3 of 6 from the arch. Miller, Storey and Faulkner had one.
Lincoln County picked up 24 points off 22 turnovers by Loretto while giving up 6 points off 8 turnovers. Storey and Buchanan had 6 steals each.
The Lady Mustangs pulled 33 rebounds to 20 for LCHS.
Thursday night, the ladies won over Coffee County, 54-46.
The Lady Falcons were up 26-13 at the break. But, the Lady Raiders were not going away. Coffee County won the third period, 14-9, and it was a 35-27 ball game.
Both teams had big fourth quarters, pouring in 19 points each. The ladies went 7 of 14 from the line in the final period.
Storey set the pace with 15 points; Buchanan, 12; Higgins, 10; Khaila King and Faulkner, 8; and Miller had 1.
The Lady Falcons were 16 of 34 from the paint and 3 of 16 from the arch. From the line, the ladies were 13 of 24.
LCHS finished with 9 turnovers. The Lady Raiders had 17, generating 21 points for the Lady Falcons. Storey had six steals.
The ladies had 38 rebounds, led by King with 7. Coffee County had 37 boards.
LCHS had little problem picking up a win over Hazel Green Tuesday night. The ladies finished on top, 64-41.
Coach Hardin began playing into his bench early with 10 girls taking the floor in the first quarter.
Nine ladies put points on the board. Storey led with 17; Higgins had a double-double, scoring 16 points and pulling 10 rebounds; Whitney Graham, 9; Amy Ann McCormick, 7; Faulkner, 5; Buchanan, 4; Miller, King and Watson scored 2.
LCHS was 15 of 33 from the paint and 6 of 21 from the arch. From the line, the ladies were 16 of 26.
Graham finished with two from the arch; McCormick, Storey, Buchanan and Faulkner had one. Storey shot well across the board, going 5 of 6 from the paint, 1 for 1 from the arch and 4 for 4 from the line. Higgins was 6 of 7 from the paint and 4 of 5 from the line.
Next, the ladies travel to Shelbyville Friday with game time at 6 p.m.