By Steve LeMaster
NICHOLASVILLE – McCreary Central was unable to notch its second straight win earlier in the week. Instead, host East Jessamine pulled away to defeat the Lady Raiders 68-50 in an early-season girls’ high school basketball game.
With the loss, McCreary Central dropped to 1-2.
East Jessamine improved to 1-3 with the win.
McCreary Central wasn’t without its highlights in the loss to East Jessamine. Allyson Anderson, one of the top girls’ basketball players in the 12th Region, poured in a game-high 27 points.
A pair of Lady Raiders reached double figures in the scoring column as Macey Welchel scored 11 points.
McCreary Central was forced to play from behind as East Jessamine took control of the game and eventually pulled away to win.
Additional scorers for McCreary Central in the loss were Lauryn Phillips (six points), Julia King (four points) and Shana Stephens (two points).
East Jessamine worked its way into the win column after back-to-back-to-back losses. Previously in the young 2017-18 season, East Jessamine had dropped games to Marion County, Nicholas County and Paris.
Since the loss to East Jessamine, McCreary Central has been busy preparing for a key 48th District matchup.
McCreary Central is slated to visit Wayne County for a 48th District girls’ basketball game on Friday. Tip-off for the McCreary Central-Wayne County girls’ basketball game is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Monticello. The two 48th District squads are due to meet in Stearns on Feb. 1, 2018.
The Lady Raiders are slated to host Jellico (Tenn.) on Saturday then venture to South Laurel on Monday.
Mccreary Central has other regular-season games remaining versus Jellico, North Laurel, Garrard County, Berea, Bell County, Williamsburg, Barbourville, Clinton County, Clay County, Russellville, Livingston Academy (Tenn.), Southwestern, Pulaski County, Somerset, Whitley County, Boyle County, Lexington Christian, Casey County, Rockcastle County and West Jessamine.