Early in the first quarter against LaRue County, North Hardin senior Addison Sutton hit a three-point shot to make it a 5-0 lead for the Lady Trojans.
Sutton would add two more shots from downtown on the way to helping lead the Lady Trojans to a 65-37 season-opening win over the Lady Hawks in the season opener for both teams.
“I think it was a great start to the season, I’m really excited to see what’s ahead after this one,” Sutton said. “We came out and just played our game the second half. I loved it.”
In addition to Sutton’s three-point shooting, Ella Scherer added two more with another from Jerica Johnson in the fourth quarter for six total.
After a closer fight in the first half that saw North Hardin ahead of LaRue County 24-17 at the break, the Lady Trojans took off for 41 points over the third and fourth quarters to seal the win.
“It felt good, especially in the second half. It felt like we settled in a little bit,” North Hardin Coach Whitney Hooper said. “Made some corrections on just little mistakes that we had in the first half. Moved the ball much better offensively and Addison hitting some jump shots for us really helped settle us.”
In addition to Sutton’s efforts, Jadeta Gregory followed just behind as the second Lady Trojan to hit double-digit points.
“I think we did pretty good. At the beginning we had butterflies,” Gregory said. “But second half I thought we did really good getting out and working together, working as a team.”
Through the same second-half span, the Lady Hawks were held to just 20 more points. This came after a more competitive start to the game, when LaRue County trailed North Hardin 13-9 at the end of a close first quarter. As the game continued, LaRue saw its deficit gradually grow.
“I feel like the process was better than the result,” LaRue County coach James Slaven said. “Our turnovers directly coordinate with the score throughout the game. Early on, we turned it over a lot and then we had a spurt there in the second quarter and part of the third quarter we held onto it and were close and then we started turning it over.”
Both North Hardin and LaRue County will be back in action on Saturday. The Lady Hawks will host Moore as part of the Corky Cox Classic, while North Hardin will take on Christian County at Elizabethtown as part of the Kentucky High School Hall of Fame Classic.
NORTH HARDIN 65, LARUE COUNTY 37
LaRue County 9 8 7 13–37
North Hardin 13 11 17 24–65
LARUE COUNTY: Gentry 14, Eads 6, Thurman 6, Evans 3, Moore 3, Hornback 3, English 2
NORTH HARDIN: Sutton 19, Gregory 17, Scherer 8, Woods 6, Johnson 5, Thomas 4, Wimberly 4, Lee 2