It was a story of two halves Monday night time at Bulldog Gymnasium.
For 16 minutes, the John Hardin ladies’ basketball staff gave Central Hardin its greatest shot within the season opener for each groups.
Then got here the second half.
The Woman Bruins used a 21-8 third-quarter outburst to interrupt a halftime tie and cruised to a 62-46 victory within the seventeenth District contest.
“It took yelling by coach at halftime to get us going,” mentioned Central Hardin junior guard Monica Lindsey, who led the staff with 19 factors. “That was what we wanted.”
Lindsey mentioned coach Kristina Covington-Jones emphasised this may very well be the final sport for the staff due to the unknowns of the corornavirus. And the primary two quarters weren’t going to outline the staff’s season.
“She (coach Covington-Jones) mentioned do you need to be remembered by the way you performed within the first half?” Lindsey mentioned. “Or do you need to present everybody what sort of staff you’re within the second half?”
The Woman Bruins opted for the latter, hounding John Hardin into 14 turnovers over the ultimate two durations to show a 27-27 sport right into a runaway.
“I feel we have been simply so anxious to play basketball that we misplaced our focus for awhile,” mentioned Covington-Jones. “It took awhile to absorb the issues that make up a sport.
“The ball is shifting, the opponent is operating performs, the referees are making calls,” Covington-Jones added. “As soon as we settled in we confirmed we will get the job completed.”
All it took was a burst out of the gates to start out the third quarter.
With 20 seconds gone within the half, Alyssa Lindsey, who completed with 16 factors, hit a financial institution shot to place the Woman Bruins up 29-27.
Paige Grey adopted by grabbing the rebound on the Woman Bulldogs’ subsequent possession, then sprinting the ground to take a go from Monica Lindsey to drop in a layup.
Mallory Reed drained a 10-footer and Alyssa Lindsey answered with a fastbreak layup off a turnover to make it 35-27 on the 6:15 mark and power John Hardin coach Nicole Coleman to name timeout.
The Woman Bulldogs adopted with a 4-0 run on buckets by Destini McAllister and Jayden Younger to chop the deficit to 35-31, however Central Hardin answered with a 13-4 run over the ultimate 3:55, scoring seven factors off three turnovers to open a double-digit lead.
“Turnovers have been our Achilles heel since final yr,” mentioned Coleman, whose staff had 24 turnovers for the sport. “It’s one thing we deal with after each sport. It’s one thing we go over taking a look at movie. We by some means should get every little thing we are saying and so they see to hold over to the ground.”
Regardless of the miscues, Coleman was happy with the way in which the Woman Bulldogs battled.
John Hardin rallied from a 9-2 deficit within the first quarter behind McAllister and Quiona Clay. McAllister scored seven of her team-high 18 factors and Clay added three to spark a 10-0 run for a 12-9 benefit.
Clay began a 7-0 run by hitting a financial institution shot to finish the quarter with a 16-14 lead, and Kristeen Kettlehake and McAllister scored the primary 5 factors of the second quarter for a 21-14 benefit.
The Woman Bruins rallied behind six factors from Monica Lindsey and a 3-pointer by Dianna Hilbert to tie the sport at halftime.
Central Hardin used a dominating protection to drag away within the second half, scoring 17 factors off 14 turnovers.
“Protection goes to be our power this yr,” Monica Lindsey mentioned. “We’re all quick and athletic, and we’re going to get in your grill. We’re going to use that to our benefit.”
Central Hardin (1-0, 1-0) hosts Bardstown Thursday. John Hardin (0-1, 0-1) entertains Thomas Nelson Friday.
CENTRAL HARDIN 62, JOHN HARDIN 46
Central Hardin 14 13 21 14 – 62
John Hardin 16 11 8 11 – 46
Central Hardin: M. Lindsey 19; A. Lindsey 16; Kan. Kendricks 8; Kai. Kendricks 5; Grey 4; Reed 4; Cecil 3; Hilbert 3; FG: 27; FT: 4-7; 3-pointers (4): Cecil 1; Hilbert 1; Kai. Kendricks 1; M. Lindsey 1.
John Hardin: McAllister 18; Tidwell 12; Clay 6; Kettlehake 4; Younger 4; Parker 2; FG: 16; FT: 9-19; 3-pointers (1); McAllister 1.