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Blue Lightning strikes at home

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By Sharon Graves

The Villa Madonna Blue Lightning came into town Tuesday, Feb. 17, and handed the Lady Panthers a second loss on their home court.

The 46-27 final score left little doubt that the Blue Lightning had the upper hand in the contest, as they chalked up their 19th win for the season.

Though the Lady Panthers clinched the North Central Kentucky Conference title Feb. 14, the girls team played flat against Villa Madonna. Their usual smothering defense was a no-show; their shooting was markedly off.

The Blue Lightning owned the glass, out-shining their hosts in both offensive and defensive rebounding.

There were some bright spots: the Lady Panthers forced the Blue Lightning into 20 turnovers and held their own to 16; the Carroll County team also stole the ball 10 times to the Blue Lightnings’ six.

But the Blue Lightning held the Lady Panthers to 20 percent field-goal shooting and 18 percent from behind the arc. The Lady Panthers seldom went to the line, and even then were three for seven in free-throws, or 43 percent.

Hannah Devine was the only Lady Panther to score in double digits, with 12 points;  Latasha Hunter followed with 5; Keshia Henderson, 4; Sarah Osborne, 4; and Lindsay Wallace, 2.