Girls basketball recap (Dec. 30): AHS, OCHS, OHS

December 31, 2021 | 12:03 am

Updated December 30, 2021 | 11:49 pm

The E-gals and Lady Aces put together strong games on Thursday, while Owensboro’s first half struggles led to a loss against South Warren.

Owensboro vs. South Warren

Struggling offensively in the first half, the Lady Devils were unable to bounce back in the second half and fell to South Warren 56-42.

Getting half of their points from beyond the arc, the Lady Spartans got off to a strong start on the day by taking a 17-10 lead following the first quarter.

South Warren’s offense didn’t have the same success in the second quarter, but it was able to hold Owensboro to single digits and took a 29-17 lead at halftime.

The Lady Devils tried to make up some ground in the third quarter, but they weren’t unable to stop the Lady Spartans offense as they extended their lead to 44-29 going into the fourth.

Owensboro was able to finally outscore South Warren in the fourth 13-12, but it wasn’t enough as they couldn’t climb back and fell 56-42.

Sophomore A’lyrica Hughes was the only Lady Devil to finish in double figures, leading all scorers with 17 points.

The loss moves Owensboro to 7-8 on the season, as they have a few days off before looking to bounce back against Grayson County at 7 p.m. on Jan. 3.

Apollo vs. Evansville Christian

Holding Evansville Christian to single digits in every quarter, the E-gals were able to defend its way to a 59-27 win on the road.

Senior Amaya Curry (8) and eighth grader Kennedy Lane (7) kickstarted Apollo’s offense in the first quarter, combining for 15 points en route to a 19-7 lead going into the second.

Using a balanced attack in the second quarter, the E-gals capitalized on a six-point quarter for Evansville Christian and expanded their lead to 36-13 at halftime.

Apollo’s offense reamined hot in the third quarter, with sophomore Jenna Dant leading the charge with seven points. Holding Evansville Chrisitan to seven points for the second time in the game, the E-gals took a 54-22 lead going into the fourth.

Both teams scored just five points each in the fourth, but Apollo had done more than enough on both ends to secure the 59-27 win on Thursday.

Curry and Lane both led the way with 15 points each, while nine different E-gals scored and Dant nearly finished in double figures by tallying nine points.

The win is the second straight for Apollo as they now sit at 6-7 overall on the season and will look to move to .500 with a win against Henderson County at 7 p.m. on Jan. 3.

Owensboro Catholic vs. Marshall County

A potent offense for the Lady Aces was the key to closing out the First Bank Holiday Bash undefeated, topping Marshall County 62-57.

Getting 12 of its points from beyond the arc in the first quarter, Owensboro Catholic got out to an early lead with a 14-11 edge going into the second quarter.

The Lady Aces marksmanship continued in the second, as Owensboro Catholic scored 18 points on the way to a 32-23 lead at halftime.

The Lady Marshals came out of the locker room looking to fuel a comeback, scoring 19 points in the third.

However, freshman Karmin Riley helped Owensboro Catholic match them by hitting her fifth, sixth and seventh three of the night and remained out in front 51-42.

Marshall County was able to limit the Lady Aces  to 11 in the fourth, but turnovers and three-point shooting from Owensboro Catholic was too much to overcome as they fell 62-57.

The Lady Aces hit 10 3’s on the night, with Riley leading all scorers with 21 points. Sophomore Hailee Johnson also finished in double figures, scoring 16 points on the night.

Owensboro Catholic closed out the First Bank Holiday Bash with a 4-0 record, extending its winning streak to five games.

The Lady Aces now sit at 10-4 overall, as they have 3rd Region battle with Trinity (Whitesville) coming up next at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 3.

December 31, 2021 | 12:03 am

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