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Bath County News-Outlook Your Hometown Newspaper Jan. 5, 2011 7 I By Brad Laux Sports Writer The Bath County girls' basketball team has gotten off to its best start since the 2004-05 squad began the year 8-1, but the Lady Cats have the misfortune of playing in one of the state's toughest districts. On Tuesday, Bath County met its second 61st District opponent of the year, hosting 9-1 Fleming County and the Lady Panthers sent the Lady Cats to a 64- 44 defeat. It was just the first time Bath County (6-2) dropped a home game this season and also snapped a five- game win streak. Fleming County (10-1) bounced back from its first defeat of the year in the final game of the Fayette County iHigh Tournament on Dec. 22 by using a pestering defense that forced Bath County into committing 43 turnovers. "We had too many turnovers and that's the bottom line," Lady Cat coach Mike Murray said. ''We knew what they'd do, but instead of staying patient, we dribbled right into their trap zones and committed turnovers. That's the ball game; we turn the ball over and they turn them into points." Fleming County's pressure defense has been a nuisance to everyone it has played this year and the Lady Panthers were able to score 35 points off turnovers in Tuesday's win. However, not everyone associated with Fleming County washappy with the performance. ''We were successful at (pressuring them with our defense), but we did not convert (those turnovers into baskets). We got them to turnover over the ball, but we didn't convert layups, free throws and score in the paint like we should have," Fleming County coach Kristy Orem said. "It was an ugly game to watch." Orem's club made just 34.5 percent of its shots from the field and was 0- for-12 from behind the arc. The Lady Panthers also were 24-for-41 at the free- throw line. '~When depend on our defense, we should be OK, but we've got to learn to score more," she added. The two teams stayed close throughout the first half. Bath County pictured up its first lead of the game at 6-5 after Taylor Rogers made a pair of free throws with 1:37 to play in the opening quarter. But, Fleming County finished the period on a 6-3 run to take an 11-9 edge. An Erica Toy 3-pointer 57 seconds into the second quarter put Bath County back on top at 14-11, but Fleming County slowly used its defensive pressure to wear down the Lady Cats. The Lady Panthers had six steals in the second period and finished the quarter on an 11-1 run, including scoring the final seven points to take a 30-19 lead into the locker room. Tierr~ Taylor led the visitors at the break with nine points as Fleming County held a 19-3 edge in points off turnovers and forced 11 steals. However, the Lady Panthers committed 13 fouls in the process. ''We tried to get in their head, not foul, make them throw the ball away and work really hard," Taylor said. "(But) a lot of us got into foul trouble and we didn't want to do that." Fleming County really turned up the pressure in the third quarter, collecting eight steals as it extended its lead as high as 20 points. "I think we did good, we just fouled too much. We need to keep our hands up and get down and play defense," Taylor said. "We all have played together for a very long time and know each other and what we're going to do. We play hard, play good defense and go after it." The Lady Panthers opened the period on an 8-2 run, but Bath County scored five straight to close the gap to 38-26 after a Toy 3-pointer with 3:05 to play. The visitors answered the run with one of their own (8-0), before Kara Collins' layup with 10.6 seconds to play in the period cut the edge to 18 at 46.28. The Lady Panthers continued to extend their advantage and led by as many as 27 (60-33) after Victoria Edmond converted a pair of free throws with 3:20 to play. The Lady Cats made one final run and finished the game out-scoring the hosts 11-4 the rest of the way. Murraywas disappointed in the result, but chalked up the experience as part of his young team's growing pains. ''We've got to keep working and got to execute our press break and we won't end up with that (result)," he said. "It's part of the learning process. We have to slow down and not let them put us in bad spots that we don't want to be in." In addition to points off turnovers, Fleming County held an edge in team steals (24 to nine), rebounding (35 to 31) and assists (11 to six). However, Bath County shot a higher field- goal percentage (44.0 to 34.5). Toy led Bath County with 13 Points and four rebounds. Rogers added 12 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals; while Collins had 10 points and six rebounds and did not miss a shot from either the field or the foul line. Jessica Hatton led the team with seven rebounds. Taylor and Robbie Allex each scored 13 points to pace the Lady Panthers. Taylor also added four steals and three assists, while Allex had three steals and two assists. Aaliyah Johnson contributed eight points and four rebounds; while Sarah Boyd had seven points, five rebounds, five steals and two assists. Morgan Jett also finished with five ~nOints and five rebounds. total six Lady Panthers had at least three steals in the game. /LAWN FURNITURE Ophthalmology Board C fied Winchester 859-745-3060 888-463-53,77 Stanton m m g "sability getting too much mare q 't to ecause of ther * Still have stions Need plan, for "ght Need medicare su ll 606-683-2104 cost