By T.J. Morgan
Freelance Sports Writer
After being off for 12 days due to winter weather, the Lady Hornets were finally able to suit up to host their neighboring in-district rival, the Monroe County Lady Falcons (6-9). With the Lady Falcons responsible for Metcalfe’s only in-district loss, the Lady Hornets arrived with added motivation. In a rivalry game that is always sure to fill the stands, Hornet fans packed the hill last Thursday night.
The first half matched the atmosphere of a 16th district rivalry game, back-and-forth blows and lead changes. The Lady Hornets held a narrow two-point lead after the first and carried those two points into half, 22-20.
In the second half sophomore Jozie Allen would come alive, stretching that narrow lead out to near double digits for most of the second half. Behind Jozie’s 18 points and 9 rebounds, the Lady Hornets improved to 5-1 in the district, defeating Monroe 49-44. On the night she was recognized in front of her home crowd for securing her 1,000th point during the first round of the All-A tournament, Anna Grace Blythe almost claimed a double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing 9 rebounds for the Lady Hornets.
Winners of five of their last six, the Lady Hornets will look to secure the number one seed in the district as they face Russell County (10-7) and Cumberland County (11-7) this week.