HALL OF FAME
GIRLS' BASKETBALL: NC dominance continues
February 11, 2014Bardstown High School
Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 12:27 pm
Nelson County extended its winning streak against district opponents to 38 games on Friday night when they whipped visiting Bardstown, 63-34.
Not since Daizah Kimberland led the Tigers to a 50-42 triumph on Jan. 9, 2010, has a 19th District foe been able to knock off the Cardinals.
Nelson coach Kelly Wood’s team was able to pick up its 17th win against only five losses with the same blueprint for success that has been used all season.
“We’ve been able to shoot over 50 percent for most of the season, and I think my girls do a nice job of sharing the ball on offense,” he said.
It was that good ball movement on offense that ruined the game plan that Tigers coach Jamie Neal was hoping would enable her team to pull the upset.
“We came into the game wanting to prevent them from shooting layups and contest every shot,” she said. “But they did a good job of making our defense shift by being very patient and passing the ball around our zone.”
Nelson County shot 51.1 per cent from the field for the game, and 12 assists helped lead to half of their total field goals. Shyla Calbert, Brooklyn Greer and Taylor Young dished out three assists each.
Calbert scored her team’s first five points before Caresha Allen broke the Tigers’ scoring drought with 5:30 left in the opening period. Brooklyn Greer and sisters Lakin and Marly Walls tallied baskets to push the lead to 11-2 to set the tone for Nelson County.
“Our success over the years means that we have a target on our back,” said Wood. “But these kids don’t know about those things and they don’t really realize it.”
Neal, whose team dropped to 9-13, said the Cardinals are a big challenge teams gear up for.
“I think our team feels the pressure of playing Nelson County,” she said. “They realize that it is a big game.”