Lady Cats fall in 2A sectionals to Rowan County

Published 2:29 pm Monday, January 14, 2019

A standout performance by Abby Harris wasn’t enough for Bell County on Sunday as the Lady Cats fell to Rowan County 82-55 in the Class 2A sectional tournament. The loss was the second in as many days following a 61-48 defeat to Madison Southern one day earlier.

“It was a good experience for our basketball team to play for a 2A sectional championship. Obviously, Rowan County has a really good team. They are very quick and athletic. They change defenses up often to try to keep you off balance,” said Bell County coach David Teague. “I thought our nerves got to us early in the game, and it took us a while to settle down. Once we did, I feel like we actually did some very good things.

“We just have to keep working and hopefully we can learn from these games and experiences. We have had a tough stretch of games and have several more tough games coming up.”

Harris finished the night with a game-high 23 points while going 10-for-14 from the field and shooting 50 percent from long range. The junior guard also hauled in six rebounds.

Brea Browning performed well on both ends of the floor, finishing with a double-double. The senior tallied 11 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Ashtyn Meyers finished the game with seven points.

“The girls played hard, and they battled,” Teague said. “I was proud of the game Brea Browning had. She finished shots and played hard on the boards. Abby Harris shot the ball well for us.”

The Rowan offense was the story of the game with four players finishing in double digits. Angela Marcum paced the Vikings with 18 points while shooting 81.8 percent from the field. She also led the team in rebounds, grabbing nine boards.

Brooke Blevins ended the game with 15 points on 7-of-14 shooting. Haven Ford and Promise Cross tallied 14 and 12 points, respectively. Cross also grabbed six rebounds.

Up Next

Bell County (8-8) returns to action on Tuesday when they host Harlan County (11-3) at 6 p.m.

Rowan County (13-3) will square off against Glasgow (14-4) Wednesday in the first round of the 2A state tournament.

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Rowan County (82): Angela Marcum 18, Brooke Blevins 15, Haven Ford 14, Promise Cross 12, Hailey Rose 5, Kessaney Melton 5, Jada Rogers 4, Bethany Sergent 3, Haley Barnette 2, Cassandra Parker 2, Shelby Ricer 2.

Bell County (55): Abby Harris 23, Brea Browning 11, Ashtyn Meyers 7, Sara Kidwell 5, Abigail Cornett 4, Talyah McQueen 3, Mackenzie Griffin 1, Ashley Middleton 1.