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Lady Panthers host, win NAS tourney

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By Sharon Graves

The Lady Panthers knocked off two good teams on their march toward a win over Owen County in the North American Stainless Classic on Tuesday, Dec. 23.

“This was a total team effort,” said Head Coach Randy Mefford. “It was a really hard-fought game, and it was tied at 39-all with three minutes to go. We shut them down, totally, winning the game 46-39. This was some pretty tough competition.”

The Lady Panthers out-hustled Owen’s Lady Rebels in every facet of the game, with the exception being offensive rebounds. The Lady Panthers had eight rebounds to the Lady Rebels’ 12.

The Panthers had seven fewer turnovers, stole the ball almost three times as often, and both teams had 15 defensive rebounds. Carroll County had two blocked shots to none for Owen County.

The Lady Panthers attempted 24 three-pointers and made six. They had a stellar free-throw night, netting 14 of 16, and shot 87.5 percent on the night.

“I was really proud of our free-throw shooting, especially down the stretch,” Mefford said.

Senior Lindsay Wallace was high-scorer for the night, with 20 points; freshman Hannah Devine had a career-high of 17. Lakeshia Henderson had nine points and Sarah Osborn added eight, along  with eight rebounds. Devine, Henderson and Kyndal Curry were named to the NAS All-Tournament team.

The NAS Classic was hosted by Carroll County the week prior to Christmas. The Lady Panthers laid waste to border rival  Trimble County,  besting the Lady Rebels 39-18 in the first game in the best-of-three tourney.

Next, the Lady Panthers met the St. Henry Lady Crusaders of Erlanger, Ky.  The Lady Panthers took a one-point lead into the locker room at half-time, and pulled ahead in the final period of the contest.

Curry was high-scorer with 16, followed by Wallace with 12.