Girls basketball recap (Dec. 22): OCHS, AHS

December 23, 2021 | 12:04 am

Updated December 26, 2021 | 11:14 pm

Owensboro Catholic was able to fend off Christian Academy-Louisville on Wednesday, while Apollo’s third struggles ailed them in a loss to North Oldham.

Apollo vs. North Oldham

Struggling to find the bottom of the net in the third quarter ultimately led the E-gals to a 62-55 loss to North Oldham to close out the Cochran Mechanical/Smith Realtors Holiday HoopFest.

With Riley Neal and Caroline Moffett combining for 14 points in the first quarter, the Lady Mustangs jumped out to a 22-12 lead going into the second quarter.

Apollo tried to gain some ground in the second quarter, as senior Amaya Curry led the way with 12 of the E-gals 18 points. Her leadership on the offensive end helped cut their deficit to 38-30 going into halftime.

Apollo came out of the locker room and limited North Oldham to 11 points, but Curry scored all six points for the E-gals and went into the fourth trailing 49-36.

Apollo wasn’t going down without a fight, as senior Shelbie Beatty came alive in the fourth quarter. After only scoring three points in the game, Beatty worked her way to the line time and time again and scored 11 of the E-gal 19 points in the fourth.

However, Apollo was unable to stop the duo of Neal and Moffett once again, as they combined for 11 of the 13 Lady Mustangs points as they went on to claim a 62-55 victory.

Neal led all scorers with 31 points on the night, while Moffett had nine points as the second leading scorer for North Oldham.

Curry led the E-gals with 24 points, while Beatty’s solid play in the fourth quarter had her finish with 14 points.

Apollo struggled in the Cochran Mechanical/Smith Realtors Holiday HoopFest, losing three straight games and falling to 4-7 on the season.

The E-gals will look to bounce back with almost a week off, as they are set to battle Ohio County at 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 28.

Owensboro Catholic vs. Christian Academy-Louisville

A consistent offensive game helped the Lady Aces get out to a 52-42 win over Christian Academy-Louisville on Wednesday.

With both teams trading buckets back and forth in the first quarter, it was Owensboro Catholic who had a slight edge and took a 13-10 lead going into the second.

As freshman Karmin Riley led the way, the Lady Aces extended their lead in the second quarter and took a 30-20 lead into halftime.

The third quarter was a slow one, with both teams struggling to get much going. However, Riley struck once again, scoring all eight of Owensboro Catholic’s points to take a 38-26 lead going into the fourth.

The Lady Aces were able to hold off Christian Academy-Louisville with some help from sophomore Hailee Johnson, as she got nine points in the quarter with seven coming from the charity stripe.

The sharp marksmanship from the free throw line helped Owensboro Catholic walk away with the 52-42 win.

Riley led the way with 17 points, while Johnson’s late outburst gave her 12 points on the night.

Playing four teams this week that were ranked in the preseason top-20,  Owensboro Catholic finished 2-2 by defeating Bethlehem and Christian Academy-Louisville, while losing to Bullitt East and McCracken County.

Now sitting at 6-4 overall on the season, the Lady Aces will look to stay strong when they take on Newport Central Catholic at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 28.

December 23, 2021 | 12:04 am

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