Junior Kate Norwood's team high of 16 points with 12 points from senior Evyn McCutchen was more than enough as the Franklin-Simpson Lady Cats ground out a 40-34 victory over the LaRue County Lady Hawks, from the 178th District of the 5th Region for their second straight home win of the season.
"Hard fought game. Didn't shoot the ball well and so was theirs but we were lucky enough to steal a win," Lady Cats head coach Lex Lindsey said. "This Christmas present was wrapped in a brown paper bag and didn't have the fancy paper or a nice ribbon. It's still a "dub" and we're not giving it back."
Both teams did not shoot the ball well as the Lady Cats were coming off playing their third game in a week and the Lady Hawks were playing their fourth game in a seven day span.
Freshman Conleigh Wilson scored the first four points of the game for the Lady Cats for an early 4-0 lead. Freshman Natalie Gentry's four points led the Lady hawks to a 6-0 run to take a 6-4 lead. The lead changed hands three more times as Norwood's basket at the end of the first gave Franklin-Simpson a 9-8 lead.
Junior Katelyn Eads' 3-point basket gave LaRue County an 11-9 lead. Gentry added a basket for a three-point lead but
Baskets from: McCutchen, Norwood and freshman Ashanti Johnson gave the lead back to the Lady Cats. Junior Emma Moore scored the last basket of first half as Franklin-Simpson took a one point lead into halftime, 16-15.
Eads and Evans hit back to back 3-pointers in the third quarter for a 21-19 lead. Norwood responded with back to back 3-pointers of her own to score eight points in a row as Franklin-Simpson regained the lead 26-21. Junior Kelsey Hornback's free throw along with junior Emma Moore's 3-pointer at the buzzer cut LaRue County's deficit down to one, 26-25 at the end of three.
Evans' basket to open the 4th Quarter gave the Lady Hawks a one point lead, 27-26. McCutchen took over as she hit two 3-pointers with four free throws to score 10 points that built a lead that was insurmountable as Franklin-Simpson came from behind in the final quarter for the 40-34 victory.
"The girls were tired. First time this season playing back to back games," Lindsey said. "We got four games to play this upcoming week, three days in a row at Caverna's tournament so for the players, they got to love it as all they get to do is play. Not a lot of practice time right now."
LaRue County was led in scoring by Paige Evans with nine points with Natalie Gentry adding eight as no players scored in double figures.
"We played back to back on Monday and Tuesday night and then had a big district game on Friday night before playing Franklin-Simpson on Saturday. Lex's girls played a tough one on Friday night too so fatigue is not an excuse as both teams were in the same situation and it got us at the end," Lady Hawks head coach James Slaven said. "His kids made some plays. We made some turnovers and left (Kate) Norwood open twice for threes and for me, her threes were the difference in the game. She stepped up and made plays."