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Cold shooting dooms Lady Raiders

It was not the best performance from the Lady Raiders.

In a disappointing 61-44 loss to South Laurel Tuesday night McCreary just couldn’t find the basket as the offense struggled and let a possible win slip away.

Despite the Lady Raiders’ defense doing their part, and the offense getting off some good shots, especially early, the ball just didn’t seem to drop and the Lady Cardinals cruised on to a relatively easy win.

Neither team got off to a strong start, as McCreary’s defense did their part in keeping the Cardinals from scoring for most of the first 8 minutes. South Laurel held a scant 9-6 lead until Shelby Davis hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer at the end of the quarter for a 12-6 advantage.

While McCreary continued to struggle to score, Davis hit two more trey’s in quick succession to open the second quarter and widen the gap.

The lack of scoring seemed to take its toll on the Lady Raiders as more and more of their shot attempts seemed forced and still didn’t fall.

The Lady Raiders’ defense helped keep the Cardinals from building too much of a lead over the first 2 quarters, but when the offense couldn’t get on track the game slipped away.

At the end of the first half, McCreary had managed to hit only 7 of 26 shots from the floor – 26 percent of their shots. South Laurel fared better, hitting 43 percent of their attempts (13-33) for a 34-18 lead at the break.

Senior Kaylee Cotton accounted for most of the scoring in the first half, with Ally Anderson being the only other player to get on the board with a single basket and one free-throw.

In the third quarter the defense kept strong, limiting the Cardinals to only 8 points, but the Lady Raider offense continued to struggle and only managed 10 of their own.

As the pressure of the game mounted McCreary started to get in to foul trouble, opening up the inside game for South Laurel and they took advantage with 14-points inside the paint in the fourth quarter.

The loss was McCreary’s fourth in a row, after losses to Whitley County, Southwestern and Clinton County last week. With two weeks left in the regular season the Lady Raiders’ record stands at 5-17.

The Lady Raiders host Wayne County Friday night, and Model next Monday. They travel to West Jessamine on Tuesday,

Scoring: 

K. Cotton -32,

A. Anderson -6,

C. Kiser -4,

B. Sluder -2.

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