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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Banshees get first win over Tigers since '07

February 15, 2013
Bardstown High School



Bethlehem finishes with 18-6 run

By Peter W. Zubaty, Sports Editor
 

Bethlehem’s Olivia Simpson broke a fourth-quarter tie with a big three-pointer from the left wing Tuesday, kick-starting an 18-6 closing run that lifted the Banshees to a 66-54 district win over Bardstown, its first in the series since 2007.

<div class="source">Peter W. Zubaty</div><div class="image-desc">Bethlehem’s Olivia Simpson, center, fights for a loose ball against Bardstown’s Karis Rogers, left, and Caresha Allen, right.</div><div class="buy-pic"><a href="http://web2.lcni5.com/cgi-bin/c2newbuyphoto.cgi?pub=191&amp;orig=bhs_beth_gb_01_2.JPG" target="_new">Buy this photo</a></div>
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Bethlehem’s Olivia Simpson, center, fights for a loose ball against Bardstown’s Karis Rogers, left, and Caresha Allen, right.

The Banshees appeared to be teetering, having already lost a big first-half lead and struggling mightily against the Tiger full-court press while also battling foul trouble.

“I think we all realized we could’ve done a lot better, and we didn’t want to leave the game with any regrets, so we just pushed through it,” said Simpson, who scored seven of her 11 points during the Banshees’ final run.

Bethlehem had gotten on top big with a 21-7 spurt to start the game, but Bardstown (2-14, 0-4 dist.) cranked up its press and closed out the first half with a 14-2 run to pull within 23-21 at the break.

From there, it was a back-and-forth game, with the Tigers grabbing a lead briefly late in the third but never gaining full control. Simpson said Bardstown was able to draw a lot of fouls on Bethlehem by driving to the bucket, forcing the Banshee defense to play off a bit to preserve its thin bench.

The Banshees were led in scoring by MacKenzie Hagan’s 20, with eight of those coming in the fourth quarter, while Shawn Zellers added 13, with those two figuring heavily in the squad hitting 11-of-14 free throws in the final frame.

“We just have a lot of heart,” Simpson said.

Kasia Stone led the Tigers with 18, while Alexis Hurst had 14 and Karis Rogers chipped in 10.

The Bethlehem win snapped an 11-game losing streak to Bardstown in the series. Bethlehem last beat Bardstown on Feb. 10, 2007, a 51-32 win over the Tigers with the late Steve Hart piloting the Banshees.

Bethlehem hosted East Jessamine after press time Thursday and is in action tonight at Nelson County at 6 in the front end of a girls/boys doubleheader. Bardstown hosts Thomas Nelson at 6 p.m., also as part of a girls/boys doubleheader.


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