Hannah McKay couldn’t be contained Friday night, and her dominant first half guided Owensboro Catholic to a 46-27 home win over Owensboro.
The Lady Aces were rolling early, going through McKay on the offensive end and using an extended defense to frustrate the Lady Devils.
Catholic started the game with runs of 8-0 and 11-0 in the first quarter to jump out to a 19-4 advantage. They scored 10 points in a row in the second period to stretch the lead to 29-7 by halftime.
McKay finished off her night with a jumper that pushed Catholic’s advantage to 35-7 midway through the third frame for their biggest lead of the night.
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Though a victory was never in doubt, head coach Michael Robertson said the Lady Aces didn’t finish out the game well.
“Other than the first quarter we didn’t look very good, I don’t think,” he said. “We’re holding the ball way too much on offense. We work on that every day in practice. We’ve been getting good at it in practice and getting exactly what we wanted, and then it seems like when we get into a game we freeze up.”
Robertson said his team is still trying to figure out how to best fill the big scoring void left by last year’s seniors.
“It’s a work in progress,” he said. “We lost a lot of scoring last year. We’ve got to find that second and third person that can step up and get us some points.”
Robertson was happy with the defensive effort, especially in the first half — Catholic allowed just three baskets total through the first two quarters.
“We did a good job keeping them in front of us and making them make decisions,” he said. “We wanted them to play a little bit faster than they wanted to. We did a good job of that in the first half.”
McKay finished with 20 points, including 10 in the first half and 16 by halftime. Isabella Henning was the next-highest scorer for Catholic with six points.
A’Lyrica Hughes led Owensboro with seven points. Tamia Smith and Kate Hrabalikova added four each.
The Lady Aces play at home again at 2:30 Sunday against Sacred Heart. Owensboro will return home for a 5 p.m. matchup with Greenwood.
OHS (27): A’Lyrica Hughes 7, Tamia Smith 4, Kate Hrabalikova 4, Lindsey Gibson 3, Chandler Worth 2, Lyric Lawrence 2, Kaylyn Sowders 2, Nia Gonzo 2, Tamia Chambers 1
OCHS (46): Hannah McKay 20, Isabella Henning 6, Spencer Harvey 5, Camille Conkright 3, Lexie Keelin 3, Randchelle Johnson 2, Catherine Head 2, Ally Maggard 2, Kinsley Goetz 2, Maddie Hayden 1