Lady Cougars stumble in district play

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By Dwane Wilder

 Once unbeaten in district play, Campbell County’s girls suffered back-to-back league losses last week to the Hardin Valley Academy and Knox Halls.

The Lady Cougars (5-2 district, 10-6 overall) now trail both those teams in the District 3-AAA standings.

Campbell County’s first district loss came Thursday night at HVA after having not played since Jan. 4 because of snow. The Lady Cougars fell, 53-46, after leading by one at halftime.

Point guard Courtney Morris paced the Lady Cougars with 19 points, including 4 treys and 3-of-3 free throw shooting.

Shayla Goins chipped in 7 points for Campbell County, followed by Kristin Chapman with 6, Courtney Miller 5, Samantha Leach and Niki Ward 3 each, Amber Young 2 and Kristy Owens 1. The Lady Cougars hit 13 of 17 charity tosses. However, the Lady Hawks hit 14 of 16 free throws during the decisive second half. Lauren Trent led a balanced attack for HVA with 10 points. The following night, Campbell County lost a defensive slugfest, 40-35, to Halls (7-1 district, 12-4 overall).

Point guard Sydney Carden had a big night for the Lady Red Devils. She led all scorers with 29 points, 14 of which she scored in the fourth quarter.

Morris led the Lady Cougars with 10 points, followed by Goins with 9, Young 6, Chapman 5, Owens 3 and Miller 2.

During the game, the officials awarded 52 foul shots: 34 to Campbell County and 18 to Halls. Both teams had two players foul out, and Halls had a player ejected for a flagrant intentional foul.

The Lady Cougars were up 26-22 going to the fourth quarter but failed to hold the lead.

It was tied 34-34 when Carden hit a free throw to give Halls the lead for good. Morris and Chapman fouled out during the last two and a half minutes for Campbell County.

Campbell County will host HVA tomorrow (Fri.) night for homecoming. Tipoff is 6:30 p.m. for varsity girls; 8 p.m. for varsity boys.