Apollo 57, Ohio County 43
Apollo got 20 points from Kassidy Daugherty and used a pair of big runs to build up a lead, and they held off a late push by Ohio County for an impressive 3rd Region win. It’s the fifth victory in a row for the E-Gals (15-10), who ended a five-game win streak for the Lady Eagles (20-7).
Apollo scored 10 points in the final 1:14 of the opening period during a 16-0 run that stretched into the second quarter. Daugherty hit a pair of 3-pointers and had 8 points in the first frame.
“She’s played like that for three games straight,” said head coach Natalie Payne. “She has that ability to take over games. When she plays with that mentality where she’s playing smart defensively and she’s on the boards, it adds a whole other dimension to our team.”
Apollo maintained their distance and held a 32-18 lead at the half. Lexi Shadowen scored 7 points during a run that put the E-Gals ahead 46-23 late in the third, though Ohio County threatened to come back.
Down 48-31 heading into the final period, the Lady Eagles got as close as 51-43 with 3:31 to play. Apollo was able to run out the clock and hit late free throws to get the win.
Payne said she wasn’t surprised her team was able to go on big runs to really extend the lead.
“We’re very capable of playing that way,” she said. “It’s taken some time for us to develop and understand pacing and when to push and when to settle. But, we’re getting there, and we’re doing this at the right time.”
Shadowen finished with 12 points and Amber Dunn added 10. Zoe Floyd had 10 rebounds.
Ohio Co. 6-12-13-12–43
Apollo: Kassidy Daugherty 20, Lexi Shadowen 12, Amber Dunn 10, Zoe Floyd 8, Addison Carter 3, Amari Sanders 3, Brylee Rhodes 1
Madisonville-North Hopkins 67, Trinity 48
Trinity overcame a big deficit in the first quarter to get within striking distance, but Madisonville-North Hopkins was able to pull away late for the win. It’s the seventh consecutive win for the Lady Maroons (20-6), who are near the top of the 2nd Region standings.
The Lady Raiders (9-16) were led by Nina Wathen with 15 points, while Josie Aull added 14 and Cassidy Morris had 11.
Trinity got off to a slow start and trailed 23-9 after the first quarter. Wathen scored 10 in the second to help the Lady Raiders get within 34-31 by halftime.
The Lady Maroons slightly added to their lead in the third before using a 21-8 fourth quarter to pull away.
Trinity: Nina Wathen 15, Josie Aull 14, Cassidy Morris 11, Morgan Kinsey 4, Katherine Hibbitt 2, Hadley Hatfield 2