Bell falls short against Hazard
Published 7:17 pm Tuesday, December 19, 2017
The Bell County girls basketball team ran into a brick wall named Hazard on Saturday at the Ted Cook Classic at South Laurel. For the second time this season, the Lady Cats were held below 40 points in a 63-34 loss to the Lady Bulldogs.
The only other time this season Bell County has been held below 40 points was a 60-34 loss to Harlan County on Dec. 12. The loss to Hazard marks the fifth this season for a Lady Cats’ team still trying to find their footing.
The Hazard defense kept Bell in check for most of the game holding each player below double digits. Brittney Cupp and Abby Harris paced the Lady Cats with eight points apiece. Cupp added a game-high 17 rebounds to the stat sheet.
Brittany Davis — who is second on the team in scoring averaging 10 points per game — was limited to seven points while shooting 10 percent from the field. Karlee Cox ended the game with six points after hitting two 3-pointers.
Hayley Caudill and Desiree Sturgill led the Lady Bulldogs combining for 33 points. Caudill shot 66.7 percent from the field on her way to a game-high 17 points. She also hauled in six rebounds.
Sturgill finished the game with 16 points while going 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. Olivia Holland led Hazard in rebounds with 13.
Bell County (2-5) will travel to McCreary Central (4-5) at 1 p.m. on Wednesday for the opening of the Arby’s Holiday Classic.
Hazard (5-1) will travel to Lexington Catholic to battle Scott (5-4) in the Traditional Bank Holiday Classic.
Hazard (63): Simone Beverly 3, Hayley Caudill 17, Libby Danner 3, Olivia Holland 9, Alyssa Muha 4, Desiree Sturgill 16, Haley Turner 4, Destiny Walker 1, Joanna Wallace 2, McKenzie Wooton 4.
Bell County (34): Abigail Cornett 3, Karlee Cox 6, Brittney Cupp 8, Brittany Davis 7, Abby Harris 8, Lakyn King 2.
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