Emily Byrge only had three points in Tuesday night’s game, but there were none bigger.
During an earlier game in the season, the Campbell County Lady Cougars lost their momentum against Powell in the second half.
Campbell County gave up 19 turnovers, while only scoring 17 points in the second half.
However, a key trey by Byrge, followed by an assist for a Kendra King long ball gave the Lady Cougars the momentum they needed for a 40-34 victory Tuesday night.
“Everybody was freaking out because we knew we were getting down,” Byrge said. “When everybody just calms down and gets it, we got in the flow and everything works out better. It just slows it down and everybody works as a team.”
Byrge’s trey broke a five-minute cold streak for Campbell County, as Powell had pulled ahead by four.
With 2:01 left in the third, Byrge found King in the corner, as the Lady Cougars were able to regain the lead, 23-22.
“We hit that three,” Campbell County head coach Ryan Browning said. “It seemed like when we got up by five or six, it seemed like we really felt confident to get the win. We hit some free throws, and I think Powell started shooting threes a little early.”
Those two buckets were six of the only eight points scored in the quarter, but it was enough to give Campbell County the lead.
The Lady Cougars went on an 11-1 run to put their lead at 34-25 with 3:22 left in the fourth quarter.
“Everybody seemed to just calm down and play better defense,” Byrge said.
“We got real excited when we saw our score keep going up,” Niki Ward said. “We got ready to play. We just kept on scoring.”
Throughout the first three quarters, there were 11 lead changes and five ties.
However, once Campbell County got the points flowing, the defense started following.
“When we can click like that, we were getting a lot of stops,” Browning said. “They scored 34 points with a three at the buzzer. Anytime you can hold someone in the low thirties, that’s a good sign.”
Following a tough Anderson County game on Saturday, where the Lady Cougars only managed three points in the second half, it was a refreshing sight for Browning.
He said his team has been making strides, but the bottom sometimes falls out.
“Lately, when the bottom falls out, it’s really been bottomed out,” he said. “I think this was good for their confidence. They’ve been working and trying to get after it. It’s a big spark, because from here on out, this is the last third of the season. This would be a good time to get hot.”
Ward got hot on Tuesday, dropping 17 points against Powell.
That was a big up lifter after she only managed one point against Anderson County on Saturday night.
“She had good shot selection, and she did a good job of hitting her free throws,” Browning said. “Niki does a great job of hitting free throws. It was a much better game for her. Near the end of that Hardin Valley game and into the Anderson County game, she had a rough stretch. You’re going to have that through the year, and that’s good that we can get over it. That’s a good sign.”
King followed Ward’s total with nine points of her own, as she dished out a team-leading three assists on the night. Jamie Mynatt had five, Amber Guy four, and Byrge with three.
Megan Caudill had two points to round out the scoring for Campbell County.
Ward, Mynatt and Kristy Owens each added six rebounds.
Keelie Lusby and Shea Coker each had nine for Powell.