By Steve LeMaster
email@example.comMONTICELLO – Visiting McCreary Central came up short in a bid to knock off Wayne County in a 48th District
girls’ basketball opener on Friday night. Host Wayne County used a 14-3 run in the third quarter to defeat the Lady Raiders 50-38.
With the loss, McCreary Central slipped to 1-3 overall and 0-1 in the 48th District.
Wayne County improved to 1-3 overall and 1-0 in the district with the win.
McCreary Central shot only 26 percent (13-of-50) from the field. The Lady Raiders were 2-for-20 from 3-point range.
Faring better at the foul stripe, McCreary Central shot 71.4 percent (10-of-14) from the free throw line.
Both McCreary Central and Wayne County corralled 29 rebounds in the district contest.
McCreary Central edged Wayne County 15-14 in the opening quarter and faced a one-point deficit at halftime as the Lady Cardinals carried a 25-24 lead into the break.
But Wayne County’s third quarter run proved to be too much for the Lady Raiders.
Elizabeth Anderson led McCreary Central with 15 points and eight rebounds. Anderson was the only Lady Raider to reach double figures in the scoring column.
Allyson Anderson netted eight points, Julia King chipped in six points and Lauryn Phillips posted five points for the Lady Raiders.
Rounding out the McCreary Central individual scoring, Macey Welchel added four points.
Wayne County shot 47.8 percent (22-of-46) from the field. The Lady Cardinals were 0-for-8 from 3-point range in the winning effort.
Wayne County shot 60 percent (6-of-10) from the free throw line.
Macey Blevins led Wayne County with 20 points and 10 rebounds, recording a double-double of her own.
Accompanying Blevins in double figures for the Lady Cardinals, Mallory Campbell and Alyssa Conn contributed 10 points apiece.
Mariah Bowling netted six points while Haleigh Criswell and Amber Jones added two points apiece in Wayne County’s victory.
The Lady Raiders will have a chance to enact some revenge against Wayne County in the second half of the current campaign.
McCreary Central is scheduled to host Wayne County for a late-season 48th District girls’ basketball game on February 1, 2018.