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With one half of the LaRue County Lady Hawks’ dynamic duo sidelined with an injury, the tandem’s other half took over at point guard and took over the game Friday night against visiting 18th District rival Hart County.
Junior Ivy Brown had game highs in points (33), rebounds (eight), steals (six), assists (four) and blocks (two), matching LaRue County senior center Alisha Durbin as the Alexis Brewer-less Lady Hawks rolled past the Lady Raiders, 66-25.
“It was a big change for me,” Brown said. “Point guard is one of the hardest spots to play and I’m not used to it. So I had to step up, and Haley (Holt) did too, when it came to bringing it up.”
Brown was 1-of-4 Lady Hawks – Holt and reserves Mallory Williams and Delany Eastridge were the others – to see time at point without Brewer, who injured an ankle Wednesday. Veteran LaRue County coach Travis Wootton said Brewer isn’t expected to return in the next two weeks.
“It was point guard by committee at times with four different people handling it,” Wootton said.
The Lady Hawks (11-3, 4-0 district), who have won five straight, picked up the slack without Brewer. Holt had 13 points, four rebounds and two steals. Durbin had 10 points, seven rebounds and two blocks, marking her third straight game with multiple blocks.
LaRue County outrebounded Hart County, 32-23, including grabbing seven of the first eight rebounds of the second quarter.
“We set the tone early with our rebounding and it just ballooned from there,” Wootton said. “We got some easy baskets and kind of put it in cruise control.”
Sophomore post Christessica Priddy led Hart County (2-13, 0-6) with 10 points and three rebounds. She was the only Lady Raider to score more than four points.
Hart County, which finished its district schedule, will be the No. 4 seed for the district tournament. With the win, LaRue County assured itself no lower than the second seed.
Brown and Holt combined to score the game’s first 12 points before Durbin completed a three-point play with 4:04 left in the first quarter.
“We came out ready to play, which is what you have to do in a district game,” Brown said. “It doesn’t matter if you’ve already beaten someone by 30 or 40 once, you still have to come out ready to play.”
After eighth-grade guard Charity Burd made a layup after a steal with 2:26 remaining in the first quarter to pull the Lady Raiders within 17-6, Hart County didn’t make another field goal until senior forward Rachel Bunnell scored with 6:51 left in the third quarter – a span of 11:35 without a basket.
LARUE COUNTY 66, HART COUNTY 25
Hart County 6 3 11 5—25
LaRue County 19 24 10 13—66
Hart County (2-13, 0-6)
Christessica Priddy 10, Charity Burd 4, Shanda Bradley 3, Rachel Bunnell 3, Amy Puckett 3, Leslie Terry 2. FG: 9-42. FT: 5-6. 3-pointers: 2-12 (Burd 0-5, Kelci Adcock 0-3, Puckett 1-2, Bradley 1-1, Mahailey Bruton 0-1). Rebs: 23 (Bunnell 5). Assists: 3 (Three with 1). Steals: 4 (Four with 1).
LaRue County (11-3, 4-0)
Ivy Brown 33, Haley Holt 13, Alisha Durbin 10, Presley Brown 2, Delany Eastridge 2, Miranda Hornback 2, Becca Riggs 2, Mallory Williams 2. FG: 25-43. FT: 14-21. 3-pointers: 2-4 (Brown 2-3, Williams 0-1). Rebs: 32 (I. Brown 8, Durbin 7, Holt 6). Assists: 10 (I. Brown 4, Hornback 2). Steals: 13 (I. Brown 6).
UP NEXT: LaRue County plays at Barren County at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Nathaniel Bryancan be reached at (270) 505-1758 or firstname.lastname@example.org.