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Lady Rebs bounce back, win at Woodford

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By Quincy Burt

After the first three-game losing skid of the season, the Casey County Lady Rebels took care of business on the road to get a tick back in the “W” column.
A pair of home games against 4th Region opponents didn’t go as expected, but playing a tough (23) Russell County (19-6) team and a very good Glasgow (20-3) team that had won 15-of-their-last-16 would be difficult for anyone, but coach Tara Weddle’s bunch put up a valiant fight coming up a combined eight points short.
When the 23rd-ranked Lady Lakers came to town Casey didn’t shoot it well, but finished just three points shy 49-46 due to a resurgence of the defense that has pushed the Lady Rebels to a 19-7 overall record this season.
“We shot the ball horribly,” Weddle said. “We defended well, but couldn’t throw it in the Atlantic with the exception of Myla (McGowan) and Shayla (Wilkey) and Shay didn’t shoot it enough.”
What made the defense wake up?
“Communication and playing with our feet,” said Weddle. “That’s always the key regardless of who we are playing.”
The Lady Rebels shot under 30 percent and still had their chances, but couldn’t come away with the win, falling 49-46 to the top-25 Lady Lakers.
Next up at home for Casey was the Lady Scotties that have already notched 20 wins on the season and have a better overall record than the ranked Lady Lakers.
The Lady Rebels held a slim, two-point lead at the half, but struggled in the second getting outscored by the visitors 25-18 by slipping back into bad habits defensively.
“We didn’t defend very well the second half,” Weddle said. They scored nearly every basket in the lane. I think we just have to play a complete game to beat teams of (Russell County and Glasgow’s) caliber. We are more than capable of it we just have play both parts of the game at the same time.”
Glasgow came into Liberty and took the game 50-45 making for the third-straight loss for Casey for the first time this season.
It didn’t take long for the Lady Rebels to snap out of it as Casey traveled to Woodford County (12-14) the next day and put the Lady Yellow Jackets away 64-57 for win number 19 of the season.
“It’s very hard for me as a person and coach,” Weddle said of the three-game skid. “I’m too competitive and I cannot stand to lose. We were in a slump and I think the win Friday let us know we can move past it. We know what we have to do in order to win. We learn from every game win or lose.”
“We have to play the entire game,” said Weddle. “Even in the wins we haven’t. We have to rebound, which we haven’t done yet and we have to have faith and confidence in ourselves. The only way I want and intend for us to move, is up. To this point our record, our wins our losses they don’t matter to me. The only thing that matters to me is the first round of the district tournament. There is no roof on their potential.”

Casey 46, Russell County 49
Points: M. McGowan 12, L. Lee 9, N. Duggins 9, S. Harne 6, G. Cravens 6, S. Wilkey 4. Rebounds: S. Wilkey 8, N. Duggins 3, G. Cravens 3, L. Lee 2, S. Harne 1, M. McGowan 1. Assits: L. Lee 6, M. McGowan 1, G. Cravens 1.

Casey 45, Glasgow 50
Points: G. Cravens 20, M. McGowan 11, N. Duggins 9, L. Lee 4, S. Wilkey 1. Rebounds: S. Harne 4, G. Cravens 4, N. Duggins 4, S. Wilkey 3, L. Lee 2, M. McGowan 1. Assists: L. Lee 7, M. McGowan 2, N. Duggins 2.

Casey 64, Woodford County 57
Points: G. Cravens 22, N. Duggins 17, S. Wilkey 13, L. Lee 6. S. Harne 3, M. McGowan 3. Rebounds: N. Duggins 7, S. Wilkey 7, G. Cravens 4, L. Lee 2, S. Harne 1, M. McGowan 1. Assists: L. Lee 9, G. Cravens 4, N. Duggins 3, M. McGowan 2, S. Wilkey 1.