By Steve LeMaster
JELLICO, Tenn. – Visiting McCreary Central managed to upend Jellico, a longtime rival from neighboring Tennessee 65-59 in a girls’ high school basketball game on Monday, Jan. 29.
With the win, McCreary Central improved to 8-16.
The Lady Raiders, under the direction of head coach Larry Anderson, snapped a six-game losing streak thanks to the victory.
McCreary Central shot 35.7 percent (20-of-56) from the field. The Lady Raiders were 5-of-20 (25 percent) from 3-point range.
McCreary Central shot 60.6 percent (20-of-33) from the free throw line.
Faring well inside, McCreary Central claimed 31 total rebounds.
Sophomore guard Allyson Anderson poured in a game-high 29 points to lead McCreary Central to the win.
Even though Anderson scored nearly 30 points, McCreary Central enjoyed a balanced offensive effort.
McCreary Central featured a pair of scorers in double figures. Freshman guard Elizabeth Anderson added 16 points as the Lady Raiders prevailed.
Lauryn Phillips narrowly missed reaching double figures for McCreary Central, netting nine points in the impressive victory.
Rounding out the McCreary Central individual scoring, Julia King and Hannah Neal chipped in four points apiece while Makenzie Cox provided three points.
King, who was active around the goal throughout the contest, led McCreary Central on the backboards, grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds.
McCreary Central defeated Jellico for the second time in the 2017-18 season. The Lady Raiders downed Jellico 70-68 in an early-season girls’ high school basketball game on December 9.
McCreary Central entered the final month of the regular-season with games remaining versus Wayne County, Lexington Christian, Pulaski County, Casey County, Rockcastle County and West Jessamine.