MONTICELLO, Ky. | Scott High needed something to feel good about after a bitterly disappointing loss to Clinton less than 24 hours earlier.
The Lady Highlanders found it in Monticello, Ky. on Saturday afternoon, jumping to a big lead early and riding the momentum to a 54-34 win over host Wayne County at the Kenny Davis Classic, named for the 1972 U.S. Olympic team captain who is a Wayne County alumnus.
Scott started red hot. Morrow and Lawson each had six points in the first quarter, and Rachel Garrett added five, as the Lady Highlanders jumped to a 17-4 lead.
The second quarter wasn’t much better for Wayne County. After making only one field goal in the first quarter, the Cardinals managed just two field goals in the second quarter, and Scott’s lead swelled to 17 points at halftime, 31-14.
The third quarter was played evenly, and Wayne County trimmed Scott’s lead to just eight points in the fourth quarter. But the Lady Highlanders turned it around and closed out the game strong. Lawson scored seven points in the fourth quarter, while Morrow had four points.
SCOTT (54): Morrow 17, Lawson 15, Terry 5, Garrett 5, Woodward 4, Young 3, Lewis 3, Jeffers 2.
WAYNE CO. (34): Alley 12, K. Debord 9, Heatherly 6, C. Debord 3, Vaughn 3, Coyle 1.
Clinton 46, Scott 43
HUNTSVILLE | Clinton did not have a single field goal in the second half of its game against Scott High on Friday.
Yet, when the final horn sounded, the Dragons escaped with a 46-43 district win over the Lady Highlanders.
There were multiple reasons why Clinton was able to overcome a second half that saw it miss every shot it took from the field. One was the 34-25 advantage the Dragons had built by halftime. Another was Scott High’s offensive inefficiency; Brittany Morrow was the only Lady Highlander to score from the field in the fourth quarter.
But the biggest reason of all: A 21-7 free throw advantage for Clinton in the second half.
The Dragons shot 29 free throws to Scott High’s 13 for the game, and rode that advantage to the narrow victory.
Scott coach Jake Wright said after the game that the officials dictated the outcome with the foul discrepancy.
The Lady Highlanders had to overcome a red-hot start by Clinton. The Dragons hit five 3-pointers in the first quarter to build a 16-13 lead. Then the Lady Highlanders got hot from the perimeter in the second quarter, but couldn’t find the basket inside the arch, and trailed 34-25 at halftime.
The second half saw Clinton make five free throws in the third quarter and seven in the fourth quarter — just enough to escape with the win.
After missing six straight free throws, Josie Moody made four straight to help her team survive the Lady Highlanders’ comeback effort.
For Lawson, Friday’s game was a continued resurgence. She was 4 of 7 from 3-point range after making three big second-half 3-pointers against Campbell County three nights earlier.
SCOTT (43): Lawson 16, Morrow 14, Garrett 5, Terry 4, Butts 3, Lewis 1.
CLINTON (46): Gamble 15, Moody 12, York 7, Burroughs 6, Davis 6.