The Lady Maroons got hammered by Christian County to suffer their second loss of the season Tuesday night, 63-43.
North’s bad start hurt their chances, as they had to play from behind against an older, more experience team.
The Lady Maroons fought to the end, diving for loose balls and trying for steals.
They were lead by sophomore Courtney Peyton, who had 17 points and 10 rebounds. Eighth-grade point guard Camryn LaGrange added 15.
“Camryn is young but she did well. She handled the pressure even with constantly having two defenders,” said Madisonville North Hopkins coach Jeff Duvall. “She’s gonna turn the ball over, but she’ll learn and the good thing is we have her for four more years,”
The Lady Maroons came out cold, failing to score in the first seven minutes of the game. The stretch gave Christian County a 10-point lead to start the game. Christian was pressing high and it was hard for North to get the ball past half court, causing turnover after turnover.
“That first quarter killed us. We knew that if we turned the ball over, it was going to be a long night,” Duvall said. “We were getting good looks, but just weren’t making shots.”
LaGrange seemed to be the only player able to get out of the Christian County press. The first quarter ended 4-18 and set the mood for the rest of the game.
The Lady Maroons shot under 25 percent and could never muster a real threat to the Christian county lead. The score at the half was 16-33.
In the second half, Christian County took over and extended the lead even more.
What fight North had Christian County took it out of them in the third quarter. They held the Lady maroons to just seven points and extended their lead to 31. After the third, the score was 23-54 and most of the Lady Colonel starters were on the bench.
North went on a scoring run at the end to make the game respectable, including an 13-3 run to end the game.
“There really is no quit with these girls. They play hard and fight hard,” said Duvall. “I am happy we weren’t scared; we simply weren’t making shots until the end.”
The Lady Maroons will look to bounce back when they visit Dawson Springs on Thursday.