The Lady Aces stayed undefeated on Saturday with a pair of 20-plus point wins in the Independence Bank Tip-Off Classic, while Daviess County suffered its first loss of the season to Bullitt East.
Daviess County vs Bullitt East
A rough third quarter came back to bite the Lady Panthers in the Independence Bank Tip-Off Classic, as it allowed Bullitt East to build its lead and walk away with a 60-49 win.
Daviess County had found themselves in a close battle following the first half of play, trailing the Lady Chargers 30-29. But the Lady Panthers only got four points from sophomore Zoey Beehn and two points from senior Adylan Ayer in the third quarter, while senior Lily Reid outscored them herself with seven points to put Bullitt East up 44-35 going into the fourth.
While Daviess County sank four threes—with two of them coming from Ayer who finished with eight of her 16 in the fourth—it was too little too late as the Lady Panthers couldn’t stifle the Lady Chargers and lost 60-49.
Ayer led the way with her 16 for Daviess County, while Beehn had 12 and freshman Briley Henry also finished in double figures with 10. Reid led all scorers with 21, while Bullitt East had two other players in double figures as well.
The Lady Panthers fall to 1-1 overall on the season and will look to bounce back on Tuesday at home, as they are set to host Hancock County at 7 p.m.
Owensboro Catholic vs Silver Creek, Elizabethtown
Owensboro Catholic closed the first week of the season strong with a pair of wins in its doubleheader on Saturday, defeating Silver Creek and Elizabethtown to move 4-0.
The Lady Aces got off to a strong start to the day, using a monstrous first half to take a 37-17 lead over Silver Creek into the locker room. Despite being held to single digits in the third, Owensboro Catholic never let the lead slip away and grabbed a 59-38 victory.
Sophomore Karmin Riley led the Lady Aces with 15 points off the bench, while senior Lexie Keelin finished with 12 and junior Hailee Johnson added eight to combine for 35 of the team’s 59 points.
Owensboro Catholic didn’t slow offensively in its second game of the day either, using another strong first half to come away with a 56-30 win over Elizabethtown to improve to 2-0 on the day.
Senior Lauren Keelin helped the Lady Aces get going in the opening quarter with three triples and a layup for 11 of the team’s 21 points. Lexi and senior Katie Riney both hit a three each as well, as Owensboro Catholic led 21-15 going into the second.
The Lady Aces defense ramped up the pressure in the second quarter, limiting the Panthers to two points while getting eight from Riley in order to take a 34-17 lead into the locker room. Owensboro Catholic’s defense picked up right where it left off in the third quarter, limiting them to three points and building its lead before eventually coming away with the 56-30 win.
Riley had 15 points off the bench again to lead the Lady Aces in this one, while Lauren finished with 13 and Johnson had 12. Owensboro Catholic improves to 4-0 with the pair of 20-plus wins on Saturday, as they will now prepare for their first district matchup of the season against Apollo at 6 p.m.