Lincoln County High School’s Lady Falcons got their New Year off to a good start Friday night. The ladies won on the road in Lawrence County, 71-56.
The win puts the girls from LCHS with a 15-3 overall record.
Currently in District 8-AAA action, Columbia leads at 2-0. After that, it’s a cluster of 1-1 teams made up of Lincoln County, Tullahoma, Shelbyville and Franklin County. Lawrence Co. is 0-2.
“I’m proud of the girls for the way we’ve played for the most part, but we’ve got a long way to go,” said Coach Herman Hardin. “It’s a long season.
“I’ve seen us make improvements – we’re doing better working and passing the ball, cutting back on turnovers, and we’ve improved defensively,” he continued.
“But, we’ve got to maintain our intensity for the complete game. Against Lawrence County, we were up 36-16 in the second quarter but let them get back in it in the third.
“We’re in a run of district games now,” continued Coach Hardin. “Every game is important, and our district is so balanced anyone can beat anyone else on any given night. We’ve got two more district games on the road this week before we come back home.”
Friday night the turnover ratio was an advantage for the Lady Falcons. The ladies picked up 18 points off 17 Lady ‘Cat turnovers and 12 steals. Lincoln County had 9 miscues.
The ladies took the typical Lawrence County home court crowd out of the game early, up 22-12 at the end of the first quarter. McKinley Slayton added two from the arch, while Shy Buchanan and Elizabeth Faulkner had three’s in the period. Cortney Storey added 8 points.
Lincoln County kept their foot on the gas in the second up, 38-21, at the break. Storey added another 8 points in the period, going 5 of 6 from the line.
In the third, the Lady Wildcats got hot from the arch, pouring in five shots from long range. Katie Wayne accounted for three in the period. She would finish the game with six.
Lawrence County won the quarter, 24-18, and Lincoln County was up 56-45 at the end of three.
But, the Lady Falcons stopped the bleeding, holding the Lady ‘Cats to two from the arch in the fourth. The ladies won the period, 15-11, to finish with the win.
Lincoln County shot the ball well across the board with three of the ladies scoring in double digits.
Storey led with 29 points and also had 12 assists. Buchanan and Faulkner finished with 10; Morgan Higgins and Khaila King had 8; and McKinley Slayton scored 6.
The ladies were 19 of 38 in the paint and 8 of 22 from the arch. From the line, the ladies were 9 of 10.
Both teams pulled 34 rebounds. Buchanan and Faulkner led with 7 each for the Lady Falcons.
For their next action, the ladies will travel to Franklin County on Tuesday, then on to Tullahoma on Friday. Game times are at 6 p.m.