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Lady Hornet a Look Back

Anna Grace and Kassady celebrating during their trip back to Edmonton after winning their fourth consecutive district championship. Photo courtesy of Metcalfe County Schools

By T.J. Morgan

Freelance Sports Writer

 

The Lady Hornets entered the basketball season ranked amongst the top teams in the 4th region. Despite beginning the season 5-8, the Lady Hornets finished it showing that is where they belonged all along. When the calendar turned over, the Lady Hornets won ten of their next eleven. En route to their fourth straight district championship and their third consecutive region semi-finals appearance, the Lady Hornets would run through another five-game winning streak. Collecting a 15-5 record after the new year, Metcalfe recorded their third consecutive 20-win season at 20-13.

For the fourth straight season, junior Kassady London led the Lady Hornets in scoring, 13.3 ppg. Also, for the fourth straight season, lone senior Anna Grace Blythe was a top three scorer for Metcalfe, 10.3 ppg. The Lady Hornets saw the maturation of freshman phenom Jozie Allen this season, as she was second in scoring and rebounding, 12.2 ppg and 6.9 rpg. It seemed as if Jozie or Anna Grace (7.4 rpg) recorded a double-double nearly every night.

A huge part of this season’s success came on the defensive end, where night in and night out Anna Grace held the opponent’s top scorer well below their average. While Anna Grace was deserving of being the top defender in the region, sophomore Aubrey Glass also played a factor in opponents’ inability to score, providing excellent ball pressure for the Lady Hornets.

Sophomore Bree Jolly transitioned to the point this season, anchoring the position for the Lady Hornets, and allowing Kassady to play off the ball offensively. Freshman Lily Blythe was an incredibly valuable sixth person for Metcalfe, providing both defensive stops and the ability to knock down timely shots.

Kassady, Jozie, Anna Grace, Aubrey, and Bree all received All District Team for the Lady Hornets. Kassady received second team All Region, while Kassady and Jozie both received Region All-Tournament Team recognition.

The graduation of Anna Grace is a bittersweet end for Metcalfe County, the coronation of a phenomenal career, but the creation of a vast void in the heart of the Lady Hornet program. Anna Grace will be very missed amongst the fan base, her sisters on the court, and the coaching staff.

While there will come a time to look at next season and begin the chants of streak, it’s imperative to take a step back, to reflect on the greatness and the extraordinary standard to which Lady Hornet basketball has escalated. If we allow ourselves, we might find out the journey is often just as enjoyable as the destination. For Anna Grace it’s been an incredible journey.

Kassady and Jozie receiving their region awards recognition at E.A. Diddle Arena.

Photo courtesy of Metcalfe County Schools

 

 

 

 

Anna Grace hoisting her fourth district championship trophy.

Photo courtesy of Metcalfe County Schools

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