DISTRICT INSIDER: Humphrey's double-double leads record-setting Central Hardin by Fort Knox (02/25)

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By Nathaniel Bryan

With as much as Melanie Humphrey the Central Hardin Lady Bruins pounded the glass Monday night, it’s surprising the backboards inside Bruin Gym aren’t broken.


The junior forward posted a double-double in the first quarter and the fourth-seeded Lady Bruins set a program single-game record for rebounding in their 67-35 win over the fifth-seeded Fort Knox Lady Eagles in the 17th District Tournament’s lone quarterfinal.

“Coach (Kristina) Covington tells us there are three things you can always do: Box out, communicate and run the floor,” said Humphrey, who had 22 points and a career-high 17 rebounds. “And if you’re boxing out, then obviously you’re going to get some rebounds.”

Humphrey scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds before the end of the first quarter as the Lady Bruins entered the second quarter leading 16-8.

Teams have to take, and miss, plenty of shots to make those rebounds available. There were no shortage of rebounds, either, as the teams combined to miss 125 total shots (93 field goals, 32 free throws).

Four Lady Bruins grabbed at least seven rebounds as Central Hardin finished with 67 boards as a team. The 5th Region record of 72 was set by North Hardin in 2008 against East Jessamine, while Phelps grabbed a state-record 78 rebounds in 2010 against Riverside Christian.

“When someone missed a shot, we just had to go get it,” said Central Hardin sophomore guard Caynan Powell, who had nine points and four rebounds. “But you don’t realize how many rebounds you have.”

Freshman forward Kelli Krupinski added eight points and eight rebounds for the Lady Bruins, while junior forward Autumn Jaggers had six points and seven rebounds. Freshman forward Johnna Langford grabbed seven rebounds off the bench, while freshman guard Mariah Helton had a team-high three assists off the bench.

Covington wasn’t thrilled with her team’s 33.3 percent shooting from the field, but she was pleased with the Lady Bruins’ ability to get shots off. Central Hardin hoisted up 43 shots in the first half as it went into the break up 34-12.

“I was proud of us for getting 40 shots up in the first half, but I wasn’t always pleased with the types of shots we took,” Covington said. “But I was still pleased they took the initiative to shoot.”

Covington was also pleased with how her team overcame a slow start. The teams were tied at 8 after Fort Knox junior forward Taya Drummer-Chaney scored on a putback with 4:34 left in the first quarter. Central Hardin responded with an 8-0 run to close the quarter with Humphrey scoring seven of those points.

“I call her a silent assassin,” Covington said of Humphrey, who made more free throws (8-of-8) than Fort Knox did as a team (7-of-25). “During the game, you might not think she is playing well or working hard. But after the game, you’ll look at the stats and go, ‘When did she do this? How did she do that?’”

The Lady Bruins’ momentum continued into the second period as they extended their run to 21-0 before Fort Knox junior guard Taeisha Wynder banked in a shot with 3:22 left in the first half to pull the Lady Eagles within 29-10. The shot ended a 9-minute, 19-possession scoreless streak for Fort Knox.

Wynder, who had a team-high 16 points and matched senior forward Christina Rice (11 points) with a team-high eight rebounds, earned All-Tournament Team honors.

Fort Knox (2-26) will enter next season searching for its first postseason win since edging Meade County, 45-41 in the 2000 district tournament quarterfinals. Monday’s loss to Central Hardin (6-21) marked the Lady Eagles’ 105th straight defeat against district foes since they beat North Hardin, 55-52 on Dec. 13, 2002.

Central Hardin advances to Tuesday night’s semifinal at 6 against top-seeded Elizabethtown (24-4). The Lady Panthers beat the Lady Bruins, 76-28 on Dec. 20 in Cecilia and 79-23 on Jan. 8 at Charlie Rawlings Memorial Gym.

Elizabethtown has won eight straight district tournament titles and is unbeaten in its last 52 games against district foes.

“Our focus is on beating E’town,” Humphrey said. “That’s what we’re hoping to do. We have to go in and play hard and play as a team.”

Nathaniel Bryancan be reached at 270-505-1758 or nbryan@thenewsenterprise.com





FortKnox                8      4    4  11—37

Central Hardin       16     18   12  19—65



Team                   FG       FT      R    TP

FortKnox          15-62    7-25     43     37

Central Hardin   23-69   15-29     67     65



Player                  FG       FT      R    TP

Wynder               7-25      2-5      8     16

Noble                 2-13      0-4      4      4

Ware                   0-7      0-0      2      0

Drummer-Chaney   2-3      0-0      4      4

Rice                   4-10    3-10      8     11

Montalvo              0-2      0-0      1      0

Jones                  0-1      2-6      4      2

Her                     0-1      0-0      1      0

Stephenson          0-0      0-0      1      0

Archie                  0-0      0-0      1      0

Team                                       9



Player                  FG       FT      R    TP

Powell                3-10      1-2      4      9

Kerr                    1-6      0-0      4      3

Humphrey           7-13      8-8     17     22

Jaggers               2-8      2-2      7      6

Krupinski             4-9      0-2      8      8

Nichols                0-0      0-1      1      0

M. Kolley              2-5      1-2      4      5

Helton                 1-6      0-0      3      3

Wilson                 0-1        0-      1      0

Cross                  0-3      2-6      1      2

Langford              0-4      1-6      7      1

Zaehringer            1-1      0-0      2      2

S. Kolley              2-3      0-0      3      4

Team                                       5



FORT KNOX (0-7): Haven Noble 0-3, Xanderia Ware 0-3, Karenbell Montalvo 0-1.

CENTRAL HARDIN (4-14): Caynan Powell 2-4, Emily Kerr 1-4, Mariah Helton 1-3, Melanie Humphrey 0-1, Johnna Langford 0-1.


FORT KNOX (8): Haven Noble 4, Taeisha Wynder 3, Xanderia Ware 1.

CENTRAL HARDIN (10): Mariah Helton 3, Jasmine Zaehringer 3, Caynan Powell 2, Emily Kerr 1, Sydney Wilson 1.