The Apollo girls’ basketball trio of Lexi Shadowen, Amber Dunn and Kassidy Daugherty combined for 46 points on Friday night, helping them past Daviess County 62-45.
Head Coach Natalie Payne called it an unselfish effort by the E-Gals (16-10, 4-2).
“I’m extremely proud of the girls,” Payne said. “They just stepped up and made plays for each other tonight. The kids are realizing that the ‘one more’ mentality is what we have to have. The ball is going to come back around if they are willing to give it up. We did a really good job of sharing the ball tonight.”
Daviess County (9-13, 2-4) played hard and fought to keep the game close all night. With just over four minutes to play in the game, the Lady Panthers had a chance to cut the deficit to single digits with a trip to the free throw line. They were unable to convert either attempt, and a 3-point basket by Addison Carter at the other end inflated the lead to 13 points.
One bright spot for the Panthers was a full-court press defense that gave the E-Gals fits for large parts of the game. Payne was complimentary of Daviess County’s defensive resilience.
“Daviess County played sort of an unconventional defense tonight,” Payne said. “We weren’t prepared for what they threw at us and we certainly hadn’t practiced how to beat it. Thankfully the girls pulled it together and settled in. On the flip side, I thought we covered well for each other and played solid defense all around which was good to see.”
Daviess Co. 10-11-10-14–45
Apollo: Amber Dunn 16, Lexi Shadowen 15, Kassidy Daugherty 15, Amari Sanders 6, Zoe Floyd 3, Addison Carter 3, Kennedy Rowan 3, Brylee Rhodes 1.
Daviess Co.: Kailey Bowers 12, Emma Anderson 9, Brooklyn Daugherty 8, Claire Johnson 6, Ella Payne 5, Shealyn Mason 5