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Lady Hornet Heartbreak

Photos courtesy of Metcalfe County Schools

By T.J. Morgan

Freelance Sports Writer

 

The 2024 postseason felt like one of destiny for the Lady Hornets. After securing their fourth straight district title, Metcalfe received a favorable fourth region draw that kept them opposite of region favorite, Franklin Simpson (29-1).

Following a first-round upset of 15th district champion, Warren East (26-4), by Todd County Central (17-12) in the first game Monday night, the road to a region final titled significantly in Metcalfe’s favor. After an early three from Kassady London to put the Lady Hornets up 5-3 against South Warren (13-16), Metcalfe would never trail again Monday night. The Lady Spartans would try to rally late, but Kassady and Jozie Allen would show big game composure at the end, knocking down six of seven from the free throw line, giving the Lady Hornets a 52-40 victory. While Jozie (17) and Kassady (16) led the Lady Hornets in scoring, it was another unbelievable defensive performance from Anna Grace Blythe that stood out, holding South Warren’s leading scorer McLaine Hudson (16.7 ppg) to just 4 points on the night.

Fortune continued to favor the Lady Hornets Wednesday night, as Bowling Green (22-10) knocked off region favorite, Franklin Simpson in unbelievable fashion, 52-39. The road to Lexington did not seem unreasonable for the Lady Hornets. Play your best basketball, survive, advance, and just maybe capture your first 4th region championship and a ticket to the state tournament.

Perhaps, focusing too much on that dream, the Lady Hornets came out slow Thursday night. Unable to capitalize at the rim for most of the first quarter, the girls found themselves trailing 7-12 after one. However, as if a switch flipped, the second quarter tilted heavily in Metcalfe’s favor, starting the quarter with an 11-0 run and not allowing Todd to score until over four minutes into the quarter. Taking a 24-16 lead into the half, it seemed all but certain the Lady Hornets would be making their first final appearance since 1992. Kassady London knocked down a three as time expired in the third, pushing the Lady Hornet lead to 43-32.

The stars had seemed to align for Metcalfe County. It was up until this point that the Lady Hornet post-season was a storybook. However, it was within the last eight minutes that destiny and fate began to unravel. With under two minutes remaining, the Lady Hornets gave up the lead they had held since their early second-quarter run. Kassady London quickly answered with two free throws to put the Lady Hornets up 47-46. Then after a Todd made basket, Metcalfe quickly answered again with a run out on the other end, once again putting them back on top 49-48. Anna Grace Blythe, perhaps the number one defender in the fourth region, forced a Todd turnover, giving the Lady Hornets the ball with the lead and only 30 seconds remaining. Unfortunately, Todd would regain possession with 23 seconds remaining, knocking down three of their last four free throws, and with Metcalfe County unable to answer, the Lady Hornets would fall 49-51.

In the final game of their season, Kassady London scored 19 points while Jozie Allen recorded 14 points and 11 rebounds. In the final game of her career, Anna Grace Blythe once again stopped one of the best scorers in the 4th region, holding her to eight points below her average.

Jozie Allen attacking the rim against the Lady Spartans. Photos courtesy of Metcalfe County Schools

Anna Grace Blythe denying Todd’s leading scorer, Alexis Taylor. Photos courtesy of Metcalfe County Schools

Kassady London leading the offense for the Lady Hornets. Photos courtesy of Metcalfe County Schools

 

 

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