The Hopkins County Central Lady Storm held on to beat the Madisonville North Hopkins Lady Maroons 50-46 in a intense game Tuesday night.
Keke Ikeard lead the Lady Storm with 13 points on an all around night for Central that saw nine different player score. The win puts The Lady Storm to 4-3 on the year.
“Everybody that played scored,” said coach Todd Webb. “We scored 50 points and no one is in double figures, that tells the story of the game.”
The Lady Storm pulled away in the second quarter, holding North to just six points and 13 in the whole half. The lead created was too big to come back from for the Lady Maroons. The defensive performance carried the Lady Storm and created separation, separation that lasted until the fourth quarter.
“Defense really carried us in the first half,” Webb said. “I mean when you hold your opponent to shoot under 20 percent, you know you’re having a good game.”
On a tough shooting night for the Lady Maroons, Camryn LaGrange stepped up in the fourth and got North back in the game. She ended the night leading the Lady Maroons and all players with 16 points. They got the lead down to as few as four points, but ran out of time. The Lady Storm kept taking bad shots and having turnovers, letting the Lady Maroons hang around.
“We started taking bad shoots and turning the ball over. We were giving them the perfect storm to get back into the game,” Webb said. “The girls were disappointed they let the lead go.”
The team held on even when the Lady Maroons improved their defensive presence and started being more physical. The game got chippy at the end with some hard fouls committed to Lady Storm guards.
“In the end it was free throw contest,” Webb said. “The game got way to physical at the end. We were just mentally tough to get over with it.”