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Henry takes 10-0 win over Lady Panthers in NKCC tourney

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By Sharon Graves

The News-Democrat

The only game the Lady Panthers softball team has lost to the 10-run rule this year, was one of the most important games they have played — the first round of the Northern Kentucky Central Conference.

The Lady Panthers fell to Henry County, 10-0 Wednesday, April 22 in the opening round against the Lady Cats of Henry County. Carroll County was never on track the entire game.

The Lady Cats went ahead in the second inning 4-0 on four unearned runs.  

The Lady Panthers left a number of players on base throughout the game, but were never able to string together hits. The Lady Cats also made a number of errors, but none that allowed the Lady Panthers to cross home plate.

Kayla Williamson and Tasha Hunter each made stellar defensive plays with diving catches, but it wasn’t enough to shut down the Lady Cats and get the Lady Panther offense cooking.

“They didn’t seem prepared,” head coach Duke Boles said of his team following the game. “That’s the first time I can say that this year. It can’t always come from me, it has to be them that has to get motivated. I don’t see a reason not to get motivated to play Henry County, the number one team in the district, a team that I want to beat.”

The following night the Lady Panthers stayed home and fell to the Lady Demons of Williamstown, 2-8.  

The Lady Panthers made eight errors during the outing and left five runners on base.  

The Lady Panthers scored one run in the bottom of the third and one in the bottom of the sixth.  

Senior Lady Panther pitcher Mary Hawkins took both losses.

The varsity takes the field Thursday, April 30 at 6 p.m. at Trimble County high school.