The Elizabethtown girls’ basketball team put a whole new meaning to the term defense.
Christian Academy-Louisville held a 20-13 lead after eight minutes and the visiting Lady Panthers allowed 19 points the rest of the game in a 76-39 victory.
No. 4-ranked Elizabethtown held a 36-28 lead at halftime after a 23-8 second quarter and made a statement with a 40-11 second half.
Junior Whitney Hay led the winners with 22 points and three steals. Eighth-grader Xavier Smalley chipped in with 14 points and eight rebounds, senior Leikyn Walker 13 points, junior point guard Ellie Taylor 11 points, seven assists and five rebounds, junior Sydney Clark 15 rebounds, nine points and five assists and sophomore Kiarah Dornan four steals.
The Lady Panthers held a 49-31 rebounding edge, had 18 assists, seven blocked shots and 12 turnovers. They shot 48.1 percent (26-for-54) for the game, including 6-of-12 from 3.
CAL’s Shelby Calhoun made a 3 at 2:39 of the first quarter for a 16-5 lead. Elizabethtown went on a 31-9 run that ended when CAL’s Arina Khlopkova made a 3 with 32 seconds left before halftime.
The Lady Panthers opened the third period on an 8-1 run — five points from Clark and a 3 by Hay — and the rout was on.
Elizabethtown (25-4) welcomes Louisville Assumption at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
NORTH HARDIN 71, LOU. ATHERTON 28. The Lady Trojans (16-13) assured themselves a winning season after winning its fourth straight game.
They host Bardstown at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
MEADE COUNTY 60, THOMAS NELSON 52. Junior Kendall Wingler scored 31 points and sophomore Jenna Gallimore added 11 as the Lady Waves (12-14) have won 5-of-6 and 10-of-14.
Meade County visits Central Hardin at 7:30 p.m. Friday to conclude the regular season.
BRECKINRIDGE COUNTY 73, CENTRAL HARDIN 61. The Bruins were outscored, 46-29 in the second half, 28-20 in the fourth quarter, in having a two-game streak snapped. They had won 7-of-8 entering the contest.
Junior Gavin George scored 18 points and senior Jacob Hobbs 15 for Central Hardin. Hobbs had eight rebounds, senior Jack Kisselbaugh five and George four.
The Bruins, who host Meade County at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, were 17-of-37 from 2 and 7-of-21 from 3.
Breckinridge County (23-3) has won five in a row and have lost once since a 60-59 defeat at Meade County on Dec. 14.
NORTH BULLITT 69, MEADE COUNTY 51. The Green Wave (11-15) have lost 3-of-4 and 8-of-11.
Senior Chris Armstead had 15 points and freshman Chaney Weick 12 for Meade County, which trailed 26-12 after one quarter. Senior Peyton Cole added nine points.
The Green Wave shot 31 percent (16-for-51) from the field. Armstead had four steals, Cole six rebounds and Weick five assists.
Meade County visits Central Hardin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
JOHN HARDIN 89, HART COUNTY 66. The Bulldogs (29-0) remained the only undefeated team in the state,
With junior standout Alex Matthews out with the flu, John Hardin took care of business behind 24 points from senior Aaron Scott, 21 from junior Trevon Harris, 16 points, including four 3s from senior Darion Davis, 13 from senior Jachai Walker and eight from freshman Devon Rogers.
The Bulldogs entertain Marion County at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
GRAYSON COUNTY 55, DAVIESS COUNTY 52, OT. The Cougars (14-14) won on the road in overtime behind 25 points from senior point guard Spencer Sharp and 18 from sophomore guard Q’Daryius McHenry.
Grayson County, which has won three in a row and 7-of-8, visits Hancock County at 8 p.m. Friday.