Ikeard flexes offensive muscle in Lady Storm win

Jon Garrett/The Messenger

Central’s Hailie Hollis secures a rebound in heavy traffic during Tuesday night’s 63-36 victory over visiting Dawson Springs.

For the second time in five nights, the Hopkins County Central Lady Storm used a stifling defense and a stellar effort from Keke Ikeard to defeat Dawson Springs 63-36.

Ikeard, who finished the game with 25 points, scored 13 in the first 16 minutes of play as Central took a commanding 26-12 lead into halftime.

“We’ve been pushing Keke to be offensive minded,” said Lady Storm coach Nancy Oldham. “She’s got a good shot and is a good passer, so we trust her with ball in her hands. We are better when she looks for her shot.”

Central had defeated Dawson 56-47 Friday night on the road in a nip-and-tuck affair that saw both teams struggle at times offensively.

“I thought our intensity was much better tonight,” said Oldham. “I was also pleased with our bench. I subbed pretty freely tonight and I thought we got a good effort across the board.”

Hopkins County pushed its record to 10-13 overall and even its district mark at 3-3.

“We are trying to build some momentum,” Oldham added. “Hopefully tonight was a step in the right direction for us.”

With just four regular season games remaining, Oldham knows the clock is ticking as her team will play Caldwell County in first-round district action in roughly two weeks.

“A lot of work left to be done.” she said.

Following a sluggish opening three minutes of action, Central point guard Madison Grigg found Ikeard open for a 10-foot jumper to tie the game at 2-2. The senior forward followed with another short jumper at the 4:04 and added a free throw to complete the old-fashioned 3-pointer to give the Lady Storm a 5-2 lead.

From there, Ikeard continued her aggressive offensive play and the Lady Storm never looked back, pushing its advantage to more than 30 points for a majority of the second half of play.

Kiera James added 8 points, while Madison Grigg and Maddie Tow tallied 6 points each in the winning effort.

Dawson Springs (9-15, 0-5) was led in scoring by Denisha Randolph’s 12 points. Brooklyn Clark hit double figures with 11 points.

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