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Lady Cats exit 2-0 in day one of holiday classic

The Bell County girls basketball team continued the early season success on Friday in the opening day of the Lady Gator Holiday Classic at Greenwood. In dominating fashion, the Lady Cats defeated Bath County 72-33 and Dawson Springs 77-42.

The victory extends Bell County’s current winning streak to six games. Their only loss of the season came in a five-point defeat to Johnson Central on Dec. 14.

“It was two good wins for our team today,” said Lady Cat coach David Teague. “I thought our defensive effort was really good, and that allowed us to get out in transition some.

“We also shot the ball decent at times. Any time you do that, it builds confidence and gives you a little more energy. Hopefully, we can build off today’s wins and be ready to go again (Saturday).

Bell Co. 72, Bath Co. 33

A second quarter explosion helped guide Bell County to victory in their game against the Lady Cats. With the help of Abby Harris’ 13 points in the quarter, Bell County scored 24 points in the second to take a 36-23 lead into halftime.

Bell never looked back as the defense held Bath County to just 10 second-half points en route to the 39-point victory.

Harris paced Bell offensively finishing with a game-high 22 points. Talyah McQueen ended the night with 12, and Mataya Ausmus tallied 11. Nadine Johnson finished with 11 as well.

For Bath County, it was eighth-grader Ashtyn Barrett leading the charge with 12 points. Kirsten Vice ended the night with six.

Bell Co. 77, Dawson Springs 42

As was the case in their game against Bath, the Lady Cats found little resistance against Dawson Springs. Holding a 41-29 lead heading into the break, Bell County’s defense smothered the Lady Panthers in the second half — holding them to just 13 points en route to a 35-point victory.

McQueen led the Lady Cats offensively with 20 points. Harris wasn’t far behind with 15 of her own. Myers finished with 11.

Brooklyn Clark paced Dawson Springs with 14 points.

Up Next

Bell County (9-1) will play their final game of the Lady Gator Holiday Classic at 3 p.m. on Saturday against an opponent that has not been named.

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Bell County (72): Ashtyn Meyers: 9, Talyah McQueen 12, Abby Harris 22, Nadine Johnson 11, Mataya Ausmus 11, Lenia Miracle 3, Abby Jackson 2, Keara Helton 2.

Bath County (33): Kirsten Vice 6, Ashtyn Barrett 12, Morgan McNabb 3, Kassidy Thomas 4, Dara Davis 2, Kaylee Crouch 4, Hannah Roland 2.

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Bell County (77): Ashtyn Meyers 11, Abigail. Cornett 6, Talyah McQueen 20, Sara Kidwell 2, Abby Harris 15, Nadine Johnson 9, Mataya Ausmus 2, Lenia Miracle 4, Grace Wilder 2, Abby Jackson 4, Keara Helton 2.

Dawson Springs (42): Brylee Spurlin 2, Macy Drennan 1, Brooklyn Clark 14, Gracie Harper 4, Denisha Randolph 4, Abby Ward 8, Jalynn Hooper 9.