It’s basketball season in the Commonwealth, as local high school girls basketball teams opened up their season’s on the road on Monday.
Trinity vs. Caldwell County
A strong first quarter propelled the Lady Raiders to a season-opening 69-53 win on the road against Caldwell County on Monday.
Trinity’s offense was fairly balanced in the first quarter, but seniors Cassidy Morris and Katherin Hibbit provided a big chunk of it. Hibbit and Morris had six points each, combining for 10 of the Lady Raiders 17 in the quarter.
Caldwell County attempted to fight their way back to a lead, cutting its deficit to single digits by winning the second quarter 18-15. This sent Trinity into the locker room up 32-23.
Just like the first half, the Lady Raiders got off to a strong start. In the third Trinity outscored Caldwell County 21-15, led by junior Josie Aull’s 10 points in the quarter.
The Lady Raiders carried this momentum into the fourth quarter, sealing the deal and leaving the road matchup with a 69-53 win.
Morris led all scorers with 28 points while also grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out eight assists. Aull was the only other Trinity player to finish in double figures, scoring 23 points while shooting 4-10 from beyond the arc and chipping in seven points from the charity stripe.
Opening the season up 1-0, the Lady Raiders have three more road games ahead of them. The first has Trinity taking on Muhlenberg County in the Lady Mustang Classic on Friday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m.
Owensboro vs. Evansville Bosse
The Lady Devils put on a clinic against Evansville Bosse, holding them to single digits for the first three quarters of play en route to a 50-31 win.
Alyrica Huges led the way for Owensboro in the first quarter, scoring six of the team’s 10 to take a 10-6 lead into the second.
Neither team was able to get much offense going in the second quarter, as junior Chandler Worth scored six of the Lady Devils’ nine—tying Evansville Bosse’ nine in the quarter—to go into halftime owning a 19-15 lead.
Owensboro came out of the locker rooms on a roll, as Hughes and Worth continued to lead them offensively while limiting Evansville Bosse to five points in the third.
This score discrepancy in the third as well as an eight-point fourth quarter for Hughes was enough to secure a 50-31 season-opening win for the Lady Devils.
Hughes finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Worth followed closely behind with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Opening up the season 1-0, Owensboro now turns its attention to its home opener tomorrow against Ohio County at 6 p.m.
Owensboro Catholic vs. Castle
Offensive woes came back to bite the Lady Aces in their road matchup with Castle, falling in their season-opener 66-49.
It was a heated start in the first quarter, with both teams trying to find a rhythm. Castle had a narrow edge, heading into the second quarter up 13-11.
Owensboro Catholic’s struggles continued in the second quarter, getting outscored 18-13 in the second quarter while Castle’s Aleyna Quinn and Megan Kain combined for 14 of the team’s 18. This allowed them to lead the Lady Aces 31-24 going into the second half.
Owensboro Catholic hung around in the third quarter, just barely trailing by double digits at 46-36 going into the fourth.
However, Castle’s offense was clicking once again in the fourth, as their three-point shooting helped them escape the season opener with a 66-49 win over the Lady Aces.
Three-point shooting was a major factor in the game, as Castle hit seven to Owensboro Catholic’s one that came in the second quarter.
Castle had three players finish in double figures, while senior Kinsley Goetz (14) and sophomore Hailee Johnson (10) led the way for the Lady Aces.
Starting the season 0-1, Owensboro Catholic will look to bounce back when they host Bullitt East on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Independence Bank Tip-Off Classic.
Apollo vs. Meade County
A rough first half offensively ailed the E-gals in their season-opening matchup, falling to Meade County on the road 70-57.
Meade County came out of the gates looking to set the tone for the game, outscoring Apollo 20-9 in the first quarter with a balanced offensive attack.
The E-gals luck offensively didn’t change in the second quarter, as Meade County held them to single digits once again and went into the locker room up 38-17.
Apollo seemed to piece things together in the second half, scoring 16 and 24 in the third and fourth quarters. However, it was too little too late as they couldn’t halt Meade County’s offense as they grabbed a 70-57 win.
Everyone that played a minute except for one scored for Meade County, while freshman Peyton Bradley (20) and junior Sage Crawley (13) finished in double figures.
Meanwhile the E-gals had five players score, with the trio of Amaya Curry (19), Jenna Dant (16) and Shelbie Beatty (11) led the way.
Starting the season 0-1, Apollo has a quick turnaround as they face South Warren for its home opener on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m.