The Franklin-Simpson Lady Cats, who came into the game undermanned, lost to the Hart County Lady Raiders 53-38 last Monday night in Munfordville.
Junior Kate Norwood did not play as a precaution due to some of the bruises she attained and freshman Hadley Turner will miss the remainder of the season due to a torn ACL injury during their 13th District game at Russellville. Franklin-Simpson headed into the game without their point guard and inside presence.
“When you take your point guard and your best post player out of the game, it makes for a tough night,” Lady Cats head coach Lex Lindsey said.
The Lady Cats fell behind early in the 1st Quarter as the Lady Raiders’ backcourt duo of sophomore Haley Sturgeon and eighth grader Dea Bradley each scored six points. Junior Alera Barbee scored four points and senior Evyn McCutchen and Jakaya Warfield each added a basket. Hart County’s sophomore Kiley Adcock and senior Whitney Gedda connected on 3-pointers as they led 22-9 at the end of the first.
McCutchen scored four points early in the 2nd Quarter for Franklin-Simpson but with four points from Bradley and three from Sturgeon, the Lady Raiders rolled off nine straight points to extend their lead to 20 points. McCutchen scored six points and freshman Ashanti Johnson also scored a basket as the Lady Cats trailed at halftime, 38-17.
Sturgeon’s traditional three-point play at the beginning of the 3rd Quarter pushed Hart County’s lead to 41-17. Franklin-Simpson went on an 8-0 run with freshman Le Le Partinger’s 3-pointer and Johnson’s traditional three-point play that made the score 41-25. The Lady Raiders closed the quarter on a 7-2 run with freshman Kenly Christy leading the way with four points for a 48-27 lead at the end of three.
In the 4th Quarter, Johnson led Franklin-Simpson with four points with freshman Conleigh Wilson adding a 3-pointer. Barbee along with junior Adeja Partinger each scored two points from the free throw line. Bradley and freshman Markaythia Thompson each scored a basket as Hart County closed the game with a 53-38 victory.
“There was some things in the second half that I was pleased with,” Lindsey said. “We outscored them in the second half and that’s the positive thing we’ll take away from this. We had a learning experience for a lot of the young kids. Good news is that nobody got hurt and we’ll get ready for the next one.”
“We came out and played well and Franklin-Simpson was an undermanned team with two players that were big contributors to the team. We knew they were banged up but I thought we played pretty well,” Lady Raiders head coach John Burd said. “We’ve had a tough last week and it was good to see our kids rebound and get a good win for us.”
Alera Barbee led the Lady Cats with 10 points as she was the only player that scored in double figures.
Dea Bradley and Sturgeon each scored 16 points for the Lady Raiders.
“Our guards are pretty consistent when they play. I don’t have all three of them playing well on the same night. If I can get that, we would be really good,” Burd said. “They’re a handful for the teams to deal with. They play hard and together and that’s one thing we got to do. I just like to get them all clicking together at the same time.”