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Queen of Bluegrass tourney crown out of reach

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By Sharon Graves

The Carroll County Lady Panthers traveled to East Carter High School in Grayson, Ky., to participate in the Queen of the Bluegrass tournament, but couldn’t bring home the crown.

East Carter’s Lady Radiers  hosted their first-class eight-team tournament Dec. 26-28.  

“We would like to have finished better than fourth place, but the fact is we competed well in every game and we play in these tournaments to prepare us for play in the Class A and our district tournament,” said Randy Mefford, Lady Panthers’ head coach.

The Lady Panthers showed a hot hand in the tourney opener against Lawrence County; senior guard Lindsay Wallace led a balanced scoring attack with 10 points and the Lady Panthers won the first-round game, 52-35.

Senior Keshia Henderson pulled down eight rebounds, while Tasha Hunter scored nine points off the bench,  Mefford said. Hannah Devine grabbed four rebounds to go with her nine points, and Kyndal Curry had five steals and logged seven points.

The second game of the three-game event did not go well for the Lady Panthers, who were matched up against hosts ECHS.

The Lady Raiders topped CCHS in most aspects of the game, holding the Lady Panthers to 29 points. The CCHS girls never scored more than nine points in any period.

Turnovers also plagued the visiting team; the Lady Panthers turned the ball over 20 times.

The final score was 29-51.

In the Panthers’s final game of the tournament on Sunday, the Lady Panthers played hard but couldn’t hold back the stronger Lady Camels of Campbell County, who took third place. The CCHS team lost 45-73.

The Lady Panthers shot 25 percent to the Lady Camels’ 50 percent. The Campbell County team also dominated in rebounding, Mefford said. Devine led the Lady Panthers in scoring with 14 points; Wallace and Curry were named to the All-Tournament team.

The Lady Panthers return home to host the Owen County Lady Rebels on Friday, Jan. 3.