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oSCOnC TIlE BATtt COUNTY NEWS-OUTLOOK Owingsville, Ky.--Week of February 28 - March 7, 2002 5 ieul'boundersThe Bath County High School Junior Varsity ,s M vin Russell on February 15 at home. Pictured above awaiting . adlmOund for the Cats are Tim Gross (14), Corey Moore (5), and (30), taking the shot. (News-Outlook photo, Ken Metz) Meeting tth County Youth Baseball meeting Sunday, the BCMS cafeteria at Volunteers are desperately for positions on the baseball is important that everyone m youth league baseball meeting. 11 n [al II Cats end strong effort Bath County Lady Cats spot- Lady Vikings a large half- and had to fight back to tgame of it during tournament ring a stong surge in the third r the Cats cut the 22 point lead io six by the beginning of the quarter. At the start of the b;3thteams played all out with I trying to hold on to their lead th trying to cut into the mar- ng rebounding helped bring dy Cats back but the Lady ; foul shooting kept them in :t. The team - . put together a Jt y' u outscoring the Lady Vi- I [I rt, playing a strong second , 1 to 8 in the third quarter and even in the fourth. The team U J short by 50 to 42. a(:;aloth ep. oil;.._ Lady Cats again was IN ( incent with 16 but a hal- - lLlam attack helped in the come re "- manda Conyers in her best ., .Jf the season hit for ei ht and Valerie Downey, Jill Toy ney playing the basket and out on the floor, cre- ated problems for the Rowan County squad. Donna Beth Craig hit for two coming off the bench to shoot for Hughes, due to an injury. Natalie Ingrain saw playing time and dis- played her hustle, as usual. Candra Richards and Raven Vance both pulled a rebound and Victoria Wright and Karin Moore saw action. The Lady Cats ended their regular season in a very physical, foul plagued game. H avi ng 60 foul s called proved to be the roughest game of the season for the squad. Hitting only 46% from the line hurt the Cats' chances in winning the contest. The 46% was off from the team's regular 61%. The strong rebounding perfor- mance was the best of the season and kept the team in the game. The 42 to 21 edge was the Lady Cats best ef- fort all ,season in the phase of the game. This was after a poor perfor- mance on the boards to West Carter when the numbers were nearly re- versed, 33 to 16. Having few bright spots in the West Carter game the Lady Cats only managed 20 points, with 18 coming from Carrie Jo Vincent. The team also only shot one foul shot for the game. A far cry from the game to follow. In the Lewis County game, Carrie Jo Vincent, playing her last home game, pumped in 23 points. Valerie Downs, also playing her last home game, pulled off a double, double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Carrie Jo Vincent had her 15th dou- ble double of the season. Also get- ting double digit points was Krissy McKenzie with 10. Rounding out the scoring for the Cats were Jill Toy - 7, Laura Hughes - 5, and, also playing in her last home game, Aman- Down the lane  Carrie Jo Vincent, senior member of the Lady Cat basketball team, drives the lane around three West Carter defenders during her last game as a Bath County Lady Cat. (Photo by Tim Bailey) put it all together -- rebounding, foul shooting, defense, to down the Lady Lions from Elliott County 68- 40. Stealing the ball 22 times and only turning it over 13 times, the Cats proved to be too much for EI- liott County. Laura Hughes led the team in scor- ing with a season high 20, with Car- rie Jo getting 15 and Krissy McKen- zie getting 10. Rounding out team scoring were Jill Toy - 8, Amanda Conyers - 5, Valerie Downey - 4, Karin Moore - 2, Candra Richards - 2, and Donna Beth Craig - 2. The rebounding was spread out in a team effort with McKenzie, Hugh- es, Vincent and Conyers getting 6 each, Toy - 4. Moore - 2. The team shot 77% from the line, this was their season's best effort and Hughes hit for 73%. Playing her strongest game of the year, Hughes, came close to a triple double by stealing the ball 11 times. Kentucky boy competes in skiing competition by Reg Green Five thousand feet up in the Swiss Alps of Anzere, Switzerland, 44 chil- dren from nine countries around the ip Bates from Branderburg, KY were doing something that at one time in their lives was beyond their wildest dreams: Racing on skis at the very limit of their powers. Until a week before many of them had never even been on skis. Everything about this competi- tion was quite normal for this beau- tiful winter sports-oriented region, with one exception: It was just for children who had been so desperate- ly ill that only a transplanted organ had saved them. Some were born yellow, some ashen gray. As they grew older, many had little matchstick limbs that cduld scarcely support their weight. Some had to be carried everywhere. Many simply stopped growing and lay in bed day after day, wasting away. For some families the blow came with- out warning. Children who had led a perfectly healthy life were suddenly struck down by a virus and given only a few days to live. For all of them, the stle cure was a new heart, liver, kidney or lungs, a scarce resource in virtually every country in the world. Happily for the children in these races, each of them had found a donor. Most of them had no choice but to wait until some other family, though devastated by the death of one of its members, found the courage and compassion world, includingnineyearoldPhill- to donate the organs to complete Senior night Valerie Downey, Ladycat senior, fights for the loose ball with a Lewis County opponent during senior night. (Photo by Tim Bailey) strangers. But so many families can- not bring themselve to do this that every year in the United States alone 5,000 people, many of them young, some just babies, die on the waiting list. The competition was created to show in the most vivid way possible that a transplant does not merely prolong life but enables patients who have been terminally ill to do just about anything normally healthy people can do. No one watching could doubt it. For me the event, held earlier this month, stirred deep emotions. It was named the Nicholas Cup in memory of our own son, 7-year-old Nicholas Green, who was shot in an attempted robbery while we were on vacation in Italy seven years ago and whose organs my wile, Maggie, and I do- nated to seven Italians. Without a transplant two of them would be blind and most of the others, if not all, dead. We never forget Nicholas, of course, but the thought that even in death his story made that much difference helps make the loneliness easier to deal with. The real triumph for all these chip dren is being able to compete at all. Think of the roller coaster life of 9- year-old Phillip Bates, froin Bran- denburg, KY, who has a cleft palate and was abandoned by his parents at the hospital where he was born. Adopted by Terinda and Robert Bates, he sucked baby formula into his lungs when he was a few weeks old and the pulmonary fibrosis and pneumonia that tkllowed brought him to the very edge of death. At 1- year-old the lungs that saved him were donated by a family who had just lost their own child. Now, showing off in the Harry Potter glasses, wheedling an extra snowboard session out of his adopt- ed mother or going from group to group at the ski camp picking up gossip, he savors every aspect of life as if he can scarcely believe any- thing could taste so good. Looking at his small face, alert with curiosity and mischief, I wonder, when a fam- ily is faced with the decision to do- nate how there can be any possible doubt about what is the right thing to do. Plumbing Work New Construction and Repair , ,i!! 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