Girls basketball recap (Jan. 22): OHS, AHS

January 23, 2022 | 12:04 am

Updated January 23, 2022 | 1:32 am

The Lady Devils defended its way to a win to close out the week, while the E-gals were unable to muster up enough offense and fell to Graves County on Saturday.

Owensboro vs. Calloway County

Putting on a defensive showcase in the first half, the Lady Devils were able to get ahead early and stay strong for a dominant 66-45 win over Calloway County on Saturday.

Owensboro wasted no time getting to work in the first quarter, with sophomore A’Lyrica Hughes leading the way with six of the team’s 14 points. Limiting the Lakers to just two free throws in the quarter, the Lady Devils were in command early at 14-2.

Hughes kept her foot on the gas in the second with eight of the team’s 16 points, as Owensboro held Calloway County to single digits once again and took a 30-8 lead at halftime.

The Lakers offense came alive in the second half, narrowly outscoring the Lady Devils in the third and fourth. However, it was too little too late for Calloway County, as Owensboro secured the 66-45 road win.

Hughes led all scorers with 21 points, while sophomore Lizzy Phillips had 14 points and junior Chandler Worth tallied 12.

The Lady Devils are on fire at the right time, owning a five-game winning streak and advancing to 12-7 overall before they have a tough district matchup at home against Owensboro Catholic at 6 p.m. on Monday.

Apollo vs. Graves County

Struggles in the second and third quarter ultimately came back to bite the E-gals on Saturday, as they fell to Graves County 50-47.

Apollo got off to a strong start in the first quarter, limiting the Lady Eagles to single digits and getting a combined 11 points from sophomore Jenna Dant (six) and senior Shelbie Beatty (five) to take a 15-7 lead into the second.

The E-gals offense didn’t have the same success in the second quarter, but it was their defense that allowed Graves County to make up significant ground. The Lady Eagles exploded for 19 points in the quarter, helping them knot the game up at 26 at halftime.

Apollo’s struggles carried into the second half, as they were held to just eight points in the third and went into the fourth quarter trailing 38-34.

The E-gals didn’t go down without a fight in the final quarter of play, outsourcing Graves County. But with the help of freshman Hannah Glisson’s six points in the fourth—she finished the game with a team-leading 13 points—the Lady Eagles were able to seal the deal and grab a 50-47 win.

Beatty led Apollo with 16 points, as Dant followed closely behind with 14 points, while senior Amaya Curry was limited to seven points on the night.

Suffering back-to-back tough losses, the E-gals will look to bounce back at home against McLean County at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

January 23, 2022 | 12:04 am

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