Lady Bombers Even Record
The Lady Bombers started the week of February 11th at Graves County as they played for a share of the regular season district title. However things did not materialize for the Lady Bombers as they lost 62-47. The Lady Bombers trailed 6-5 when senior Abbi Denton picked up her second foul in the opening quarter. The Lady Eagles capitalized and went on an 8-1 run to extend the lead to 14-6 after one period of play. The Lady Bombers fought back scoring the first seven of the second quarter to trim the lead to 14-13 with 5:13 remaining. Graves would take control from there and push the lead to 28-20 at the break. They would continue to extend the lead as the Lady Eagles would take a commanding 46-31 lead after three periods of play. Both teams scored 16 each in the fourth quarter allowing the Lady Eagles to claim the outright 3rd District Regular Season title with the 62-47 victory. “We did not play well,” said Coach Kayla Vance as she added, “It was hard to get momentum. They play so physical.” Shelby Rollings and Hailey Houston led the team in scoring with 11 apiece while Leah Shelley had a double-double finishing with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Denton added eight, Kenzie Blackford had five and Ashleigh Tyson had two. The Lady Bombers finish with a 2-2 record in district play.
On Thursday, the Lady Bombers hosted the Lady Falcons of Hickman County. The Lady Bombers had defeated Hickman 61-24 a couple weeks ago at Hickman. Coach Vance said, “We want to score more points than we did last time against Hickman and limit them to less points than they scored last time.” The Lady Bombers reached that goal as they came away with the 74-22 victory. The Lady Bombers pulled out to the early lead highlighted by the fast back precision passing from Denton, to Rollings who dished over to Blackford for the layup. The Lady Bombers led 20-9 after one period of play and then extended the lead to 44-15 at the break. Nine players got into the scoring column for Ballard Memorial as they cruised to the 52 point victory. Denton nearly outscored the Lady Falcon team as she ended the night with 19 points while Blackford and Houston both ended with 12 and Shelley had 10. Erin Young came off the bench to score nine points in the second half while Rollings added six points. Tyson, Kayto Buchanon, and Jayde Newton all added two points.
The Lady Bombers finished the week on Valentine’s Day at Carlisle County. It was a sweet start for the Lady Bombers as Ballard Memorial started the game with the 8-2 lead. The Lady Comets would trim the deficit to 8-6 before the defense would intensify for Ballard Memorial. Denton would get a steal and pass the ball ahead to Blackford for the layup and then Denton canned her first of four first half treys to push the lead back to 13-6 after one period of play. Rollings hit a three of her own for the ten point advantage before the Lady Comets would score the next five to cut the lead to 16-11. The Lady Bombers then took control as they finished the half outscoring Carlisle County 17-6 to take the 33-17 lead. Denton actually outscored the Lady Comets team by two points in the first half.
The Lady Bombers built the lead to 51-21 on another trey by Rollings. Whether it was the third game of the week or the letdown after having a huge lead, but the Lady Bombers lost the intensity they had started the game with. The Lady Comets closed the lead to 54-32 by the end of the third quarter. Carlisle County would be able to outscore the Lady Bombers 17-12 in the final eight minutes to leave the final at 66-49 in favor of Ballard Memorial. Vance was overall pleased with the team’s performance but added, “In the second half, we let up a little bit and we were not boxing out.” Denton led a trio of Lady Bombers in scoring as she finished with 26 and Blackford would finish with 12 and Rollings ended with 11. Shelley had eight, Young had five, Houston finished with three and Tyson had one.
The Lady Bombers end the regular season with home games against Fulton City and St. Mary on the 17th and 18th, before closing out the season at Calloway County on the 20th. “We want three wins and to build confidence for the district tournament,” said Vance. The Lady Bombers open the district tournament play on Tuesday, February 25th with a 6:00 game against Mayfield. The winner advances to the district tournament championship game against Graves County and an automatic bid to the regional tournament while the loser will end their season. Vance has said all year that they need to improve on the little things and they will be a really good team. When asked how close they are, she said, “I say after this week’s games, we will be there.” The Lady Bombers stand at 11-11 on the season heading into the final week of the season.