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Dynasty Continues with Four-Peat Performance

Photo courtesy of Metcalfe County Schools

By T.J. Morgan

Freelance Sports Writer

Continuing their dominance over the 16th district, the Lady Hornets once again took to the ladders to cut down the nets! For the fourth consecutive season, the Lady Hornets will wear the crown of the 16th district tournament champion. Metcalfe County will now enjoy their ninth consecutive 4th region tournament appearance as they make the coveted trip to Diddle Arena.

The Metcalfe County faithful showed up in mass Thursday night, packing the gym to support their talented Lady Hornet squad in the 16th district tournament championship. The ladies, who were the one seed, but decided against the home whites, brought the hype, securing their dynasty with a historic four-peat performance.

However, before there was an Aubrey Glass game winning put back, there was a first-round matchup with the Clinton County Lady Bulldogs. Just twenty-four hours removed from Landree Moons dropping a 30 piece on Cumberland County, Landree and the Lady Bulldogs were hoping to play the role of Cinderella against the tournament favorite, Lady Hornets.

While Monday night was close early, with the Lady Hornets leading by just a basket after the first quarter, the Lady Bulldogs were never able to counter the defensive wizardry of Anna Grace Blythe. Coming off a 48-point performance a week earlier and a 30-point performance the night before, one of the top players in the district would essentially be a non-factor, not scoring her first field goal until 2:43 remaining in the third quarter, thanks to a stellar defensive performance from Anna Grace. The Lady Hornets stretched their lead out to 22-12 at the half, ultimately finishing 57-34 victors. Anna Grace and Jozie Allen both led the Lady Hornets in their first-round victory with 16 points and 7 rebounds.

Thursday night was the mecca of Kentucky girls’ high school basketball, a packed gym an hour before game time, overflowing by the tip. The game was that of a gladiator battle inside the Colosseum. The Lady Hornets were playing the tournament host, Lady Lakers, and the task that lay before them was not going to be one of ease. Kassady London started the game with two haymakers from deep behind the arc, but the Lady Lakers were quick to answer, battling to a 13 all tie after one, and then remaining even once again at half, 24-24.

Facing their first end-of-quarter deficit, 31-34 after the third, the Lady Hornets answered with a momentous 7-0 run to start the fourth. However, the Lady Lakers once again responded, squaring the score at 45 a piece with just under 3 minutes remaining. It was 45-45 the score would sit for nearly three minutes of action as the game went through defensive stop after defensive stop. With 16.7 seconds remaining, the Lady Hornets would have one final possession going the length of the floor. On this possession, the Lady Hornets found triumph as Aubrey Glass sent the gym into a pure uproar with the game-winning put back, securing the 16th district championship for the Lady Hornets, and punching their ticket to Diddle.

Anna Grace Blythe hoisting Metcalfe’s fourth consecutive district championship trophy. Photos courtesy of Metcalfe County Schools



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