Emotions high as Lady Waves lose to rival Breckinridge County
“Anytime we play Breck, we don’t want to lose,” Forward Kristin Benton explained after the Lady Waves basketball team fought a highly emotional battle against neighboring rival, Breckinridge County Dec. 10 at Meade County High School.
Benton – the lone senior on the floor, with Scarlett Powers still recovering from a foot injury – kept her team in the ballgame, bolstering a season high 13 points, grabbing seven rebounds and picking off two steals.
“I think the crowd really helped us tonight,” Benton said. “The fact that it was Breck County and everyone was cheering kept us motivatted.”
The motivation was clear but the emotion behind Benton and her team’s performance would still not be enough to knock off the Lady Tigers.
The Lady Waves would suffer their sixth loss of the season, with Breckinridge County ousting the Lady Waves 68-54.
The Lady Waves got behind early in the match with Breck scoring six unanswered points – four of them from the foul line – where Breckinridge spent a signifigant amount of time, scoring 27 points from the line on the night.
Following a Johnson three-pointer, the Lady Waves finally got the offensive ball rolling. Maya Luney grabbed a rebound for a put back, then 8th-grader, Morgan Turner drove, putting an mature spin move on a Lady Tiger for two in the paint.
But, fouls would continue to plague the Lady Waves. Meade County had seven fouls in the first quarter and Breckinridge took advantage, finishing the quarter up, 14-7.
The second quarter saw Meade County closing the gap behind the cheering of the two large and opposing crowds.
Turner dropped one in from behind the arc and Benton got fouled on a layup, hitting her shot and the ensuing free throw.
A steal, from freshman, Katelyn Cucino, lead to a nice assist to Leanna Luney and brought the Lady Waves within striking distance, behind only four.
Benton would shine again with another Meade County steal and the duce from Carissa Schwartz left the Lady Tigers with little air. The Lady Waves trailed by only two (18-20), with three minutes remaining in the half.
However, the Lady Waves would never get over the hump. Breckinridge County would rally for eight more points and finish the half up by seven.
“We are close,” Head Coach Josh Hurt maintained. “We have to get over the hump. “We put together a 13- or 14-point scoring streak at the end of the third quarter. If we can play that hard the entire game we can be competitive.”
Despite the Meade County push in the dying minutes of the third quarter, the Lady Waves’ demise developed during the opening minutees.
The half began as it has in nearly every meeting this year – the Lady Waves rusty and deflated.
“In all six games, we have come out of the locker room stale. You can’t dig a hole like that and expect to win,” Coach Hurt insisted.
The Lady Waves allowed Breckinridge County to open up the scoring, putting them down nine instantly in the third quarter.
The Lady Tigers would spread the gap to up to 13 on the Lady Waves before Meade County could retort.
Leading scorer, Raley Johnson awoke at the end of the third quarter, driving the ball hard into the Lady
Tigers’ gut and inspiring her team and the crowd to a small comeback.
Aggressive ball movement lead to a handful of Lady Wave free-throw attempts that allowed the Lady Waves to cut it back to eight.
Breckinridge had answers to all of Meade County’s stands, though.
Meade County trailed 36-47 to end the third quarter and the game became a free-throw contest in the fourth quarter with both teams in the double bonus.
Meade County and Breckenridge both shot over 50 percent from the line, but the extra points were too little, too late for the Lady Waves.
The Lady Tigers finished off the Lady Waves 54-65 following some taunting chants from both sides of court.
“All of these girls have excelled at the middle school and AAU levels, “Coach Hurt said of his team’s response to the pressure of this district matchup. “But, almost none of them have played in front of this big of a crowd, with this kind of energy in a district game. We still have some cleaning up to do.”
MC 7 13 16 18 54
BC 14 14 19 18 65
Meade County (0-6)
Raley Johnson, 17 points, 4 steals, 2 rebounds; Kristin Benton, 13 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals; Morgan Turner, 9 points, 6 rebounds; Katelyn Cucino, 6 points, 3 steals, 2 assists; Carissa Schwartz,, 4 points, 1 steal, 2 assists; Leanna Luney, 3 points, 4 rebounds. Maya Luney, 2 points, 7 rebounds.