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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Generals pull away from Tigers

February 15, 2013
Bardstown High School



TNHS wins 50-35

By Darren George
 

A strong defensive effort by the visiting Generals held Bardstown at bay Friday in district action as Thomas Nelson notched its third win of the season, 50-35.

<div class="source">Bruce Nichols/Contributing Photographer</div><div class="image-desc">Thomas Nelson’s Hannah Wolf lofts up a shot against Bardstown Friday.</div><div class="buy-pic"></div>
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Thomas Nelson’s Hannah Wolf lofts up a shot against Bardstown Friday.
 
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A swarming defense produced 15 steals in the game and helped push the Generals to what Lisa Jo Wygal said was a much-needed victory.

“I think we played some really good defense. We are working hard on that everyday in practice,” she said.

“It was a big win for us tonight. It kept our hopes alive in the district, so yes, it was a huge victory,” Thomas Nelson coach Dwayne Hogan said.

Bardstown only managed four points in the first quarter, and trailed at the end of the first frame 12-4.

The Generals kept their momentum going into the second period by running the floor in transition.

“We knew if we kept them (Bardstown) outside and away from the rim, it would be in our favor. It’s not rocket science, that’s all we had to do,” Hogan said.

Generals junior guard Hannah Wolf (10 points) nailed a three-pointer deep from the left corner with 5:17 left to play before halftime, which pushed the lead to 17-9. Wolf also grabbed six boards and had five steals in the contest.

“I was brought up (that) if the ball is on the ground, go get it. The coach told us going in we need this win and we just went out there and got it,” she said.

Thomas Nelson’s Evelyn Tichenor, who scored a game-high (15 points), had a strong second quarter, hitting a three and a layup.

“I think we had a pretty good game. But we have got to go back to work and get better,” she said.

Bardstown had plenty of chances to pull close in the second stanza from the foul line, but missed some golden opportunities.

The Tigers went 5-for-16 from the stripe for the game, but still found themselves only down 31-22 at the half.

“We played hard, but just couldn’t hit some easy shots early on. I’m still proud of our girls’ effort and how hard they played,” Tiger coach Jamie Neal said.

The paced quickened in the third quarter, as the Lady Tigers mounted a small spurt of points while holding Thomas Nelson to only four points in just over four minutes to start the second half.

However, by the 2:07 mark, the Generals had regained their composure to go up 43-26 to end the third period.

The forth quarter would see the Tigers outscore the Generals, but it was too late, as Bardstown dropped their seventh game in a row.

“If we keep working hard, we will get there and get some wins,” said sophomore center Alexis Hurst.

Wins have come few and far between for both ball clubs, but what is Bardstown’s outlook?

The Tigers were led in scoring by junior guard Kasia Stone with 15 points.

The Bardstown Lady Tigers are 2-14 overall and 0-5 in district play, while Thomas Nelson goes to 3-11 and 2-3 in district. The Generals host Nelson County at 6 p.m. Tuesday in a girls/boys doubleheader, while the Tigers are in action Monday at Campbellsville in the opening round of the 5th Region All A Classic at 6 p.m., with the boys playing afterward.


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