Madisonville-North Hopkins late comeback effort couldn’t make up for their third quarter struggles, as the Lady Aces held on for a 71-65 win on Friday.
Junior Maddie Hayden and sophomore Hailee Johnson gave Owensboro Catholic a boost in the first quarter, combining for 12 of its 21 points. With both pouring in six each, the Lady Aces went into the second quarter with a 21-14 lead.
The Lady Maroons offense fared much better in the second, as junior Amari Lovan, sophomore Destiny Whitsell and senior Camryn LaGrange combined for all 21 of the team’s points.
Owensboro Catholic had a strong quarter themselves with freshman Karmin Riley chipping in 10 points herself, as they went into halftime hanging on to a 39-35 lead.
Madisonville-North Hopkins didn’t have the same luck offensively in the third, as they were held to 11 points. The Lady Aces stayed strong on the other end, having a 22-point quarter and taking a 61-46 lead into the fourth.
The Lady Maroons came alive in the fourth, outscoring Owensboro Catholic while trying to mount a comeback. Despite toppin the Lady Aces 19-10 in the final quarter, Madisonville-North Hopkins efforts were too late as Owensboro Catholic won 71-65.
Johnson led the Lady Aces with 18 points, while Riley grabbed 16 points and Hayden and senior Camille Conkright finished with 10 points each.
The win moves Owensboro Catholic to 14-5 overall, as they will look to extend its winning streak to three games when they host McCracken County at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.