Lady Bombers Close Out Regular Season
On Senior Night, you typically have players excel or put a lot of pressure on themselves to perform and have an off night. For senior Abbi Denton, she had to excel in order to propel the Lady Bombers to the 55-30 victory over the Fulton City Lady Bulldogs on Monday night, February 17th. Denton chimed in with a career best 34 point performance to single handedly outscore the Lady Bulldogs. “I try and do my best every time. For this to be Senior Night, that just an incredible feeling to know I did the best I could do. I will remember it always because it was my career high,” said Denton who also reached the 1200 point mark in her career. Denton and Leah Shelley were the only two Lady Bomber players to score in the first half as they went up 32-18 at the break. The Lady Bulldogs fought hard for Head Coach Lisa McClain, also a 1000 point scorer for the Lady Bombers, as they scraped all night to make the Lady Bombers earn everything they got. Kenzie Blackford scored with 6:32 remaining in the third to put the third Lady Bomber into the scoring column. The Lady Bombers would stretch the lead to 51-22 early in the fourth, and went on to pick up the 25 point victory. In addition to Denton’s career high, Shelley would finish with 12 and senior Hailey Houston would finish with four, Blackford and Erin Young added two each and senior Shelby Rollings had one point. Denton said, “I have been blessed to play with Hailey and Shelby since little league, and be on the court with them tonight makes it so much sweeter.”
The win allowed the Lady Bombers to now have more wins than losses as they were 12-11 heading into Tuesdays matchup with St. Mary on Tuesday night, February 18th. The Lady Bombers started off impressive as they opened the game with the 7-1 lead. Houston hit two free throws toward the end of the quarter for a ten point lead. St. Mary scored to leave the Lady Bombers up 19-11 after the opening period of play. The Lady Vikings scored the first five of the second to trim the lead to three, but Rollings canned a trey to extend the lead back to six. Blackford would hit a three point shot for the Lady Bomber’s biggest lead at that time of 34-23. St. Mary would close the lead to 36-31 at the break. The Lady Vikings scored the first six of the third to take their first lead of the game at 37-36. The lead would go back and forth until Shelley hit a bucket with 2:18 remaining in the third to give Ballard Memorial the 46-44 lead. Rollings would hit another trey and then Denton’s trey at the buzzer gave the Lady Bombers a 52-46 lead heading into the final quarter. With Ballard up 57-50, Houston would score the next seven for the 64-50 advantage. The Lady Bombers would prevail 67-57. Houston would lead the way scoring 17 in the game, followed by Denton’s 15, and Blackford and Rollings both finished with 12 apiece. Shelley would come up just short of double figures as she finished with eight and Young added three. On the balance scoring, Coach Vance said, “Very nice. That shows what our team is capable of. We did what we had to do to win.” Vance added, “These girls want to win and they want to win as a team.”
The Lady Bombers lost by three points to Calloway on Friday night with a score of 45-48. They had a chance to tie at the end, but the Lady Lakers blocked the 3. Abbi Denton scored 19 points for the Lady Bombers. She had 10 rebonds and 6 assists. Leah Shelly score 13 points with 4 blocks and 5 rebounds. Hailey Houston scored 6 points and 6 rebounds. MacKenzie Blackford scored 5 points and Shelby Rollings scored 2 points.